This post is in a series of posts working through the Children's Catechism. For more information on how this started, be sure to read the beginning of this earlier post (which also contains our activity for question one).
As of the start of this series, I have a 6 year old (Homeschooling for Kindergarten), a four year old (Homeschooling for Pre-School), and an 18 month old.
My current favorite online resource for the questions (and answers) is this brand new page from Westminster Standard.
You can see a bunch of past posts on the topic of Children's Catechism here.
Today we're looking at question 2 from the Children's Catechism.
Question: What else did God make?
Answer: God made all things.
Another easy one! Here's what we did to make it a "lesson" and fun.
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First we read the creation story from Genesis 1. We also read a version from one of our Bible story books too (The Little Hands Story Bible) as a summary.
We talked about all the things God made in the creation story. We happened to be in our backyard (preparing for our activity that might get messy), so we looked at the trees we could see, the clouds in the sky, and all the things God made.
We also talked about things we saw that people have made (from materials that God made). The goal here for toddlers (who want to point to an airplane and say "God made that airplane!") is to have them understand that God created everything out of nothing and we create things out of things God created originally.
Knowing that was our goal, we made play dough to learn that we could make something out of things we found in our kitchen and then could make shapes out of the dough we had made but that's so very different than how God created the world.
We made the play dough using this basic recipe:
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Cup Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar
- 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
- 1 Cup Hot Water (see note belwo - add in increments until it looks good)
- (Optional) Food Coloring
- (Optional) A few drops of Kid Safe essential oils (I used a "Calm down" one)
Now, the recipe calls for about one cup of water. Start with one full cup, stir and see. We put in one and a half cups and that was way too much as you can see in the next picture.
If it looks like this (too much water):
Then just add more flour! You want it to look more like this:
After the consistency is good, you'll want to take it out and kneed it until the texture is smooth and then it's ready for play!
I'm all about the "good conversations" with my kids. Especially when the questions and answers are easier to memorize (like this one), I like to have meaningful activities to help them remember and talk about later.
This lunch conversation later would be something like, "We made play dough out of a bunch of kitchen ingredients and it was still hard to do! We had way too much water at first and had to fix it. But God made everything just by speaking! Out of nothing! Wow!"
While playing with the dough, another good conversation would be to talk about how we are made in the image of God and one part of that is that we are creative like God.
Later in the day, we listened to these related songs about God creating all things (we own some of these but they are all also included with our membership to Amazon Unlimited Music):
- "What else did God make?" by Dana Dirksen from the album, Questions With Answers, Vol. 1: God and Creation (Songs for Saplings)
- "Q & A 1-3" by Diana Beach Batarseh from the album Ask Me Whooo, Vol. 1 (see more about these songs here)
- "God Makes Everything" by Rain for Roots (Sandra McCracken) from the album Big Stories for Little Ones
There are obviously a LOT of other crafts and activities you could do for this second question (learning about animals, flowers, the planets, whatever!) but this was easy, messy, and fun!
Later, I would like to do more days of creation crafts, like this fun one I found on Pinterest:
I also found these adorable blocks that I will be buying soon...
That's all for today! Let me know what you think in the Comments below.