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.
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.
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.
For younger children, read story from a Children's storybook Bible.
For older children, ready story from an age-appropriate Children's storybook Bible or tell the story yourself.
Scripture for Kids to Read Aloud: Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:18-23, Genesis 3:1-6, Genesis 3:23
First, ask the children if they have any questions about the story. What to do if you don't know the answer?