Creation story told in loose parts

During our creation unit, I set up an area of the classroom that visually told the creation story using a variety of objects the children could play with.  The first week, I told the creation story using the objects so the children knew what was on the shelves and I showed them how to put the materials away.  In this new “experiment” with loose parts, I have struggled a bit to get the kids to 1. know what to do with the objects and 2. respect the materials and put them away properly.  There are a couple who love to dump and run—especially all the glass gems ;).  I have found it helpful to do some brief demonstrations and then step back and let them create.

creation story play area set up during creation unit.
creation story play area set up during creation unit.

During free play time, the children were able to go back to the shelves and create the story themselves using the materials.  I wish I would have been able to capture their fun combinations, but sometimes while teaching there is so much going on that I can’t get my camera out in time!  They loved making the sky and putting cotton ball clouds in it and then having the birds fly in the sky.  They also made up stories to go with the animals and the plants.  I had a flashlight out with day 1 and of course taking a turn “creating” light was popular with the kids.

Here is a closer look at the first six days…

Objects representing God's actions in the creation story
Objects representing God’s actions in the creation story

For the seventh day, I wasn’t sure how to represent God resting, but I found a small pillow from the baby bed in the toddler room and then decided to put out our squishy globe balls and some felt hearts to help represent that God had finished his work and that is was good.  I also have a fabric world map so I put that in there too.  They like to lay out the map and then place different objects all over it.

And God saw that it was good...
And God saw that it was good…

They were pretty interested in the objects the first week and the second week, but by the third week it seemed like they were ready to move on to something new so I consolidated the materials into a basket activity.  I will have a picture of that up soon.

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