Who is God? Fun Ways to Introduce Kids to the Creator God
Who is God and Why Introduce Kids to Him?
How many times have your heard it said, "don't talk religion or politics!" I've heard it more times than I can count and the older I get the more I understand why this often rings true. People are passionate about their religious beliefs and sadly those beliefs can often be polarizing. Rest assured this is not a hub about religion. The sad truth is, for the first few decades of my life religion was all I knew. I was really good at doing religion and it nearly killed me, literally. As I ran from religion I made a string of really bad choices, mostly while looking like a fantastic person. I was desperate and lost and broken. It was at that point I met God. What I have found in Him is a faithful friend who is wholly different than myself. One who loves me and is crazy about His good plan for me. I am certain He is and that He is good even when my house falls apart, again literally, and my babies die and my husband deploys. Even when I don't understand and life stinks, He is and I am so grateful to do this life with Him. Which bring me to the why. Why do I want to teach my kids about God? It is not to indoctrinate them with a religion, but rather to help them see Him and know Him so they have that same rock solid relationship to stand on no matter what life throws our way. No, this is not a hub about religion, but about getting to know the God who longs to have relationship.
In the beginning....
God the Creator
This story is found at the beginning of the Bible, in Genesis 1. It is the first time God introduces Himself to man and is called by the name Elohim, spelled in English, God, it is the big powerful name of God that means strong one, Creator. My girls are lovers of words so we do talk about the names of God and what they mean, but you could certainly start by reading the story. We read the whole story from Genesis 1. As we read about each day, we stop and record what was made on that day. The index cards in the picture above are our recordings. Once you have read the story and made your cards you are ready to play "creation race" to see how well you remember the story.
Creation Race in Pictures
A bucket full of the cards you made for each of the 6 days of creation
Several Magazines spread out over a playing area
How to Play:
1. The players all line up on one side of the room a good distance from the magazines. (Our space is small so they sat criss-cross on the couch).
2. The leader pulls a card from the bucket and reads what is on it. "Day 4: Sun, Moon and Stars"
3. The leader says, "Creation Race!"
4. Players race to a magazine and search for a picture or words that match the card drawn. "Day 4" could be any kind of sun, moon or stars.
5. The first player to hold up their magazine with a matching picture wins that round.
Play as many rounds as you like. I let my girls take turns drawing the cards and I was a racer, they loved that! As you play really remind kids that God, Elohim, is a powerful God who made everything on purpose.
God Loves the World He Made
I really want my girls to remember that God made the world on purpose and that He loves all the people in it. To me, this is the foundation for our discussions about being responsible to take care of our world as well as treating all people with kindness and respect. We follow our Creation Race game day with the lesson below. Again, really stopping to remember that while He is indeed Elohim, He is also Yahweh (LORD God, in English) as He calls Himself in Genesis 2, as more intimate details of the creation story are revealed. Here we know that Yahweh is a personal God who loves and cares and lives in relationship with those He created. With that in mind, we enjoy the songbook He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, I love the version by Kadir Nelson it is breathtaking. We read the story, talk briefly about the fact that God made and that LORD God loves and then we make the craft below. I have them displayed in our house to remind us of this all the time.
blue and green paper ripped in pieces
balloon, not blown up
tray or cookie sheet (put this under your project and it really helps with the mess)
He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
A Word in Closing
I hope this hub has introduced you to fun and easy ways to help kids meet both the powerful creator God and the intimate God who loves His creation. I am so thankful I met Him and that my girls call Him friend as well.