God formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed life into him. He became a living being. This is Adam. (You might have some dry dirt to show as you teach this part of the story.) Adam lived in the garden that God planted. The garden was full of all kinds of trees and 4 rivers. There were two trees in the middle of the garden: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God commanded man that he could eat from any tree but not from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
God brought all the living creatures to Adam so he could name them. No suitable helper was found to for Adam, so God caused him to fall into a deep sleep. He took one of the man’s ribs and made a woman. This is Eve. The serpent caused Eve to doubt what God had told her about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. She ate some and gave some to Adam who was with her. This was the first sin. As a result of that sin choice, the serpent was made to crawl on its belly. Women will have pain while giving birth and man will be forced to work for food.
Adam and Eve were banished from the garden. Because of this, they could no longer eat from the tree of life (second tree in the middle of the garden) and live forever.
There are many different aspects to focus on during this lesson.
get your kids talking and engaged
Ask the children if they have ever eaten something they weren't supposed to have (like a cookie from the kitchen) without their parents knowing. In a playful way, you can tell them you won't tattle on them to their parents... Ask them if they knew that was wrong. This story is about the very first time a human made that bad choice.
teach a holistic story
Younger children should be taught the story as a whole, while older children can focus on one or more of the different aspects from the Story Summary. Choose reinforcement activities accordingly.
give them basic Bible skills
Scripture for Kids to Read Aloud: Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:18-23, Genesis 3:1-6, Genesis 3:23
make sure they understand the story
First, ask the children if they have any questions about the story. What to do if you don't know the answer?
help them apply the story to their lives and open up a conversation about faith and the gospel; close with prayer
hide God's Word in their heartYour word is like a lamp that shows me the way. It is like a light that guides me. Psalm 119:105