Day 6-God Created Animals and People


6_Day 6 Creation WeekScripture Reference: Genesis 1:24-27; 2:7, 18-25

Story Overview: On the last day of creation God created animals and after this it was finally time for God to create man and woman. There was something special about this last creature of creation. God created man and woman in His “own image.” Unlike what we often hear from evolutionary teaching, people are not just “more evolved and more intelligent animals” but we are made to have a special relationship with God.

Suggested Emphasis or Theme:  God made animals and people on the sixth day. Also emphasise that people are different than the animals in that we are made in God’s image (to have a relationship—or friendship—with Him).

Memory Verse: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14. NIV

Background Study Way to Introduce the Story The Story
Review Questions Craft and Activity Ideas Other Online Resources

Background Study:

Now it was time for the animals that lived on the earth. God made the wild animals and farm animals. He also made the creatures that crawl on the ground. Amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and the birds which do not fly are all creatures of the ground.

God completed His creation by making humans in His own image. He blessed them and gave them a mandate to multiply and fill the earth.

Genesis 1 relates the story of creation.   Genesis 2:4-25 gives more details and specifically how Adam and Eve related to the rest of the creation.  God created Adam from the dust of the earth and breathed life into him.  Adam was given the responsibility to care for the garden but God did not mean for Adam to do this alone.  God brought all of animals before Adam and gave him the honour of naming them.  As he reviewed the animals Adam must have found it obvious that each of the animals had mates.  God caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep and removed one of his ribs.  From this rib God formed a woman.  The creation of mankind was now complete.  Adam and Eve were beautiful and pure.  They experienced no shame or need to cover up with clothes.

They were complete in this place because God provided for all of their needs. God placed two trees in the centre of the garden. Fruit from the tree of life apparently gave eternal life, as long as one could partake of it. The other tree, the tree of knowledge, was a forbidden tree.

God created Adam and Eve to be special to Him. He created Adam and Eve in His own image. We, too, are created in God’s image, and we’re special to God, just as Adam and Eve were.

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Way to Introduce the Story:

Give each child some play dough or clay and ask them to make the shape of their favourite animal. After they have done this then ask them to make the animal come alive. Discuss the fact that man can make shapes and sometimes even robots or other mechanical things that move but only God can make something have life. “Today we are going to find out about what God created on the sixth day of creation.”
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The Story:

Begin today’s story by telling about the whole week of creation. After you have told the story of the seven days of the creation week then go back to day one and emphasise the fact that God created light. You can use the words below for a guide.

If telling the story of the creation over a few weeks or days then repeat the whole creation story each time. Although there will be a repetition of the creation story, a different day will be emphasised each time. By the end of Day Seven all of the children will remember the story really well.
Day 1- God created light
Day 2- God created sky and water.
Day 3- God created land and plants.
Day 4- God created the sun, moon, and stars.
Day 5- God created birds and fish.
(Emphasised in this lesson) Day 6- God created animals and people.
Day 7- God rested.

Teacher Suggestion:  Depending on the ages of the children you are teaching you may choose to let them read some of these Bible passages aloud- straight from the Bible.  If children are too young to read this then make a point to show that you are reading from the Bible.  These words are easy to understand and this is a good opportunity for children to hear them directly.

On the sixth day of creation God made animals.

And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.  Genesis 1:24-25

He made every kind of wild animal and every kind of farm animal. He also made the creatures that move along the ground (reptiles and insects, for instance. God looked at the living creatures that He made and He was pleased.

Now it was time for a special creation. When God was ready to make the first person, He said, “Let’s make man in Our image.” Something was going to be different about man. With everything else God made, He simply said, “Let there be ____,” and it happened. But God wanted to make man in a special way.

Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.   Genesis 2:7

So God took some dust from the land He had made and lovingly and creatively used some of it to make a man, just like you might make something out of clay. Then God breathed into the man’s nostrils, and the man came alive. Do you know what God named the man? (Adam)

Adam was different from the animals because, when God breathed life into Adam, God gave him a soul. Adam’s soul gave him the ability to think, love and worship.  Adam could make choices.  Adam could talk to God.  Adam was a special creation.

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15

What was Adam’s job?  The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

God knew it was not good for man to be alone.  And God knew that Adam needed a helper. Let’s read from our Bible…

So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.”  Genesis 2:21-23, NIV

So God put Adam to sleep, took one rib from Adam’s side, and made a woman.

God created Adam and Eve to be special to Him. He created Adam and Eve in His own image. We, too, are created in God’s image, and we’re special to God, just as Adam and Eve were.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Genesis 1:31

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Ways to Tell the Story:

This story can be told using a variety of methods.  Always remain true to the facts found in the Bible but help children connect to its meaning by using drama, visual aids, voice inflection, student interaction and/or emotion.
Click here for visual aids and story-telling methods.

Click here to download these illustrations and slideshow.  Be selective.  Each teacher is unique so only use the illustrations that best relate to the way YOU are telling the story in THIS lesson. Too many illustrations can be confusing so eliminate any that cover other stories or details you do not wish to emphasise in this lesson.

Review Questions:

  1. What did God create on the sixth day? Animals and people
  2. How were man and woman different from the animals? They were made in God’s image and they were to rule the rest of the creation.
  3. What were the names of the first man and woman? Adam and Eve
  4. Why did God make a woman? Because it was not good for man to be alone
  5. How did God make the woman? He caused Adam to fall asleep and he used one of Adam’s ribs to make Eve.
  6. What did God think about His creation? He said it was good.

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Craft and Activity Ideas:

(How to choose the best learning activities for my teaching situation)

  • Songs: Days of Creation, Hippo Song, My God is So Big
  • Serve animal crackers as a snack. You can use whatever is available (gummy bears, for instance).
  • Make Adam and Eve and animals out of salt dough.
  • Craft: Make a college of pictures of people and animals cut from magazines.
  • Make animal sounds and let the children guess which animal you are imitating. The children could do this too.
  • Choose at least one kind of animal and bring a few books about that animal. Let the children help find out as much information as possible about this animal.
  • Plan an “animal parade” or “petting zoo” for children in a younger class.
  • How about a field trip to the zoo or a farm?
  • Creation Mural: Attach a long strip of paper to the wall and divide it into 7 sections for the days or creation. As the children study each day of creation glue items or paint pictures onto the corresponding section of the mural. For today’s lesson cut out animal and people pictures from magazines and glue them on.
  • Creation_Pinterest Board  More ideas on the Pinterest Board: Creation Story
  • Help students to perform a general physical check-up (heart rate, weight, vision, hearing, etc.)
  • Check the Teaching Ideas page on this website for ideas that are adaptable to any lesson.  

Printables pic
Click here for “Day 6 of Creation” to print on A4 size paper (USA)
Click here for “Day-6 of Creation” to print on letter size paper (USA)

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Other Online Resources:

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6 Responses to Day 6-God Created Animals and People

  1. Anna says:

    Waters were created on day one not two. Genesis 1:2.

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