To help the young children understand that our God made every person; that Jesus is the Creator.
(Materials: Play dough) Give the children a ball of dough and ask them to make a person out of the play dough. When they are done, ask the children if the little dough man will talk, walk, run, breathe, eat. Ask why not? Talk about the power of God to breathe into clay and make it come to life. Take a balloon and blow your breath out into the balloon. What happened to the balloon? It grew bigger didn’t it? Did the balloon come alive? No. Did the balloon start talking and walking? No. You and I can blow up a balloon with the breath that God has given to us, but we don’t have the breath of life. God alone has the breath of life. God alone can breathe life into something. What are some things into which God has given the breath of life? What a wonderful God we have! He has given life to so many wonderful things in this world – you, me, animals, pets, roly-polys, worms, fireflies, butterflies, dolphins, whales… What a wonderful God He is! Let’s thank God, right now, for the breath of life He has given to us. Sing God Made Me (Little Voices Praise Him, #164).
(Materials: Large roll of Art/Craft paper, marker or chalk, measuring tape) Over several days, draw the body
outline of each child on the craft paper, cut it out, and tape it along the wall. Measure each child’s height and write it on
their body outline. After each child and teacher has had their body outline taped to a wall, spend time talking about the similarities and differences amongst the children’s outlines. Then have a discussion about the things that make us different and the things that make us all alike including we are all created by God and we are all special to Him.
Read Happy Birthday Tomorrow to Me! (A Child’s Steps to Jesus, Vol. 2). Talk about birthdays and babies.
Here’s another charting opportunity to provide the children with a visual representation of whose birthday is during
which month. Before the activity, sing Jesus Loves Me (Little Voices Praise Him, #102 & #103). Have a special “birthday party” for all of God’s creations!
Before beginning this activity, talk about the love of Jesus for all His children. Sing Jesus Loves Me (Little
Voices Praise Him, #102 & #103). Have the children create birth certificates for themselves complete with foot and/or hand
prints and baby photos.
To provide young children with Christ-centered, developmentally-appropriate experiences in safe, nurturing environments that are aligned with the beliefs and values of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.