The story of Adam and Eve is often taught to children of all ages in Sunday School or other religious classes. Children often learn better when they have a craft or coloring page to reinforce the lesson. These crafts are simple enough for very young children to complete with a bit of adult help, but they are useful for older children, too.
Paper Chain Snake
Cut out paper rectangles, roughly 6 inches by 2 inches. You should have enough for each child to have about 10. Cut out long forked tongues, one for each child. You should also have two googly eyes for each child. Help the children make a chain with their strips. You can use glue or tape to attach the strips together. Glue or tape the tongue to the front chain and glue the googly eyes above it. Allow the chains to dry completely before using, if you used glue.
Trace the outline of a tree on a piece of paper. Have the children press their fingers into green paint and "paint" the leafy part of the tree with their fingerprints. Repeat with brown paint to color in the trunk of the tree. Once the green paint is dry, put a few apples on the tree with red paint on their fingers to represent the forbidden fruit.
Cut out red fabric circles 12 inches in diameter. Put a running stitch around the outside; use strong thread so it doesn't break later on. Help the children put a bit of craft stuffing in the center of the circle and pull the thread. It should make a little pouch. Put more craft stuffing inside the pouch until it is filled well. Put a cinnamon stick in the middle of the opening and pull the thread very tight. Tie it off with a knot. The stick should be poking out of the fruit. Glue a green leaf-shaped piece of fabric or paper to the top of the apple, at the base of the stick. This will help to cover up the thread.
Adam and Eve
Provide the children with paper. Have them draw a tree in the middle of the paper with Adam and Eve on either side. Have them draw grass and animals also, if they have room on the paper. Poke a small hole on either side of the tree, near the top of the trunk. Thread a pipe cleaner through the two holes from the back of the paper; this is the serpent. Bend back 1 inch at one end of the pipe cleaner to form a head.
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