Day 6-God Created Animals and People


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

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

1 Background Study_BBB      2 Story Introduction_BBB      3 Telling the Story_BBB      4 Review Questions_BBB      5 Learning Activities_BBB      6 Other Online Resources_BBB

How to Teach This Lesson as Part of a Creation Unit or Theme

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:

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.  Then God said, “Let the earth be filled with animals. And let each produce more of its own kind. Let there be tame animals and small crawling animals and wild animals. And let each produce more of its kind.” And it happened.

So God made the wild animals, the tame animals and all the small crawling animals to produce more of their own kind. God saw that this was good.”  Genesis 1:24-25 (ICB)

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 took dust from the ground and formed man from it. The Lord breathed the breath of life into the man’s nose. And the man became a living person.” Genesis 2:7 (ICB)

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 put the man in the garden of Eden to care for it and work it.”  Genesis 2:15 (ICB)

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 sleep very deeply. While the man was asleep, God took one of the ribs from the man’s body. Then God closed the man’s skin at the place where he took the rib. The Lord God used the rib from the man to make a woman. Then the Lord brought the woman to the man.”  Genesis 2:21-22 (ICB)

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 looked at everything he had made, and it was very good. Evening passed, and morning came. This was the sixth day.”  Genesis 1:31 (ICB)

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Ways to Tell the Story:

If teaching the story of the creation as a unit over a few weeks or days then repeat the whole creation story each time and follow this by going back and emphasising more details about a particular day.  Try using a variety of story telling and visual aid methods.  Although there will be a repetition of the creation story, you will be going a little deeper on one day.  By the end of Day Seven all of the children will remember the story really well.

Two versions of the same slide show and visual aid are provided below.

Click here to download the slideshow: God Created the World  or  click here to download the pictures to print: God Created the World.  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.

Click here to download the slideshow: Days of Creation  or  click here to download the pictures to print: Days of Creation.
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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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Learning Activities and Crafts:

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

Activities:

  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Help students to perform a general physical check-up (heart rate, weight, vision, hearing, etc.)
  • Songs: Days of Creation, Hippo Song, My God is So Big

   Crafts:

  • Make a college of pictures of people and animals cut from magazines.
  • 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.

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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Individual Days of Creation:

(Click on the individual days.  Each number is an additional lesson)

1_Day 1 Creation Week_sm   2_Day 2 Creation Week_sm    3_Day 3 Creation Week_sm   4_Day 4 Creation Week_sm   5_Day 5 Creation Week_sm   6_Day 6 Creation Week_sm   7_Day 7 Creation Week_sm


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Scriptures quoted from the International Children’s Bible®, copyright ©1986, 1988, 1999, 2015 by Tommy Nelson. Used by permission.

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