Scripture: Genesis 3 or pages 20-23 in The Golden Children’s Bible
Target Age Group: 1st through 6th grade
Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.
Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.
Have the children open their Bibles to Genesis 3 or page 20 in The Golden Children’s Bible.
(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)
- What did the serpent ask Eve? Did God really say that you must not eat from any tree in the garden?
- What was her answer? We can eat fruit from the trees in the garden. But, we’re not to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden, or even touch it, or we will die.”
- What lie does the serpent tell her? You won’t die.
- Why did Eve decide to eat the fruit and give some to Adam? It looked good to eat, and she wanted to gain wisdom.
- What happened after they ate the fruit? They realized that they were naked.
- What did they make clothes out of? fig leaves
- What did they do when they heard God walking in the garden? They hid behind the trees because they were naked and afraid of God.
- When we sin, it changes our relationship with God, doesn’t it. It changes our relationships with others, too. Think of a time when you did something that your parents told you not to do. Did you want to hide from them, too? Were they angry with you? Or maybe you had a friend that you were not nice to and they decided that they didn’t want to be a friend anymore. Sin hurts relationships, doesn’t it.
- God asked them if they ate from the forbidden tree. How does Adam answer? “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” (Point out that Adam is not only blaming Eve, but is also blaming God.)
- What was Eve’s answer? “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
- What did God say to the serpent? That because of what he did he would crawl on his belly and eat dust all of his life.
- He also said, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heal.” That means that the serpent and the woman would be enemies. And so would their children. The phrase “He will crush your head, and you will strike his heal.” is a reference to the battle between Satan and Jesus. Satan will only be able to strike his heal, but Jesus will crush his head. Jesus will destroy him when He dies on the cross.
- What specific punishment did God give to Eve? Pain in childbearing, and her husband would rule over her.
- What specific punishment did God give to Adam? He would have to eat food that he plants in the ground after hard work planting seeds and tilling the weeds.
- What does “for dust you are and to dust you will return.” mean? Adam will eventually die.
- Now that Adam and Eve had eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which other tree were they not allowed to eat from? The tree of life.
- How did God prevent them from eating from it? He banished them from the garden of Eden, and had an angel with a flaming sword guard the way to the tree of life.
- Have you had some bad things happen to you for disobeying your parents or your teachers or God’s commandments?
- How can our relationship with God be restored? By asking for forgiveness through Jesus.
- Let’s pray and ask the Lord to help us to not listen to the lies of the devil, but to receive forgiveness through Jesus…
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
Memorize the verse.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Share this object lesson from Sermons4kids.
Show a video of this story.
Video #2 from Crossroads Kids’ Club
Video #3 from Crossroads Kids Club
Video #4 from Answers in Genesis
Video #5 from Crossroads Kids’ Club
Share the story “The Terrible Lie” from “The Jesus Story Book Bible” . (Make sure that you order the collector’s edition, which has the DVD with the stories animated and narrated. It’s wonderful.)
Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.
Color page #1 from Bible Printables
Color page #3 from Christian Preschool Printables
Color page #4 from Coloring Pages 7
Color page #5 from Coloring Pages 7
An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles. The pages are reproducible.
Here are some activity ideas from Children’s Ministry.
Make creation popsicle stick theater puppets from What’s in the Bible? and have the children act out the story. (Click on the aqua colored bar at the top to download.) There is a video clip below as well as the backgrounds for the story. (I would not show the video to the children as it makes reference to the Big Bang Theory. Most children will not understand that this is a joke.)
My Little House has a great craft for this lesson.
Here is a great craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.
This is a cute craft, also, from Charlotte’s Clips and Kindergarten Kids.
And there are more crafts here from DLTK.
Have the children make the booklet “Adam and Eve Don’t Touch That Tree!” by Jill Kemp an Illustrated by Richard Gunther. (Scroll down.) Or have them make a mini book about Adam and Eve from Gospel Hall. Search for “103” or “Adam”.
Here is a great bridge illustration to emphasize the solution to the problem of sin from Christianity Cove.
Sing “Wages – Romans 6:23” by Mary Rice Hopkins or “If We Confess Our Sins” by the Donut Man.
Evaluate what the children have learned. While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.
Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.