Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
Play with Purpose
Activity #1: Notice, Wonder, Compare
Head outside and make some observations about God's creation. Look around and have everyone (including parents) fill in these blanks.
"I notice ____________."
"It makes me wonder ____________."
"It reminds me of ____________."
Say: It honors God when we pause to notice and think about the the wonderful things he made. Let's go inside and thing about some more of the things that he made.
Activity #2: Limitless Creativity
Gather paper and makers or pencils. Read the following categories and have everyone write or draw an example. When done, go through the categories and let everyone share their answers.
• A color
• Something bigger than a car
• Something smaller than a dime
• Something chewy to eat
• Something that makes sound
• Something slimy
• Something used to move things
• Something fuzzy
• Something squishy
• Something hot
Say: When we look at the world, we see that God is creative. He made so many different things that we can’t even count them all. God’s creativity shines through each of us, too. Imagine what we can do because we’re made in His image.
Pray something like this:
“Dear God, We can’t even understand how great you are. When we look around at all the things you made, we see you’re more creative than we can even imagine. Thank you, God, for making each one of us in your image. Remind us every time we look in the mirror that we were made to reflect a bit of you to everyone we meet. Amen.”
At your next family meal ask, “Where did you see God’s creativity today?”
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