LAND- Fruits & Veggies!
“LAND- Fruits & Veggies!” Unit: God’s Creation
LESSON PURPOSE: GOD CREATED LAND AND PLANTS. (*SPECIAL FOCUS ON FRUITS & VEGGIES.)
MATERIALS: teaching toys: play food, some fruits & veggies, apron, bowl & stirring spoon. Craft materials: see below.
SONG IDEAS: He’s Got the Whole World, My God is So Great, This Land is Your Land
AS CHILDREN ARRIVE: Choose 1
Play Food: Pretend play cooking, market or restaurant with play food! Include props such as a kitchen, market, aprons, chef, cooking tools.
Washing Station: Water sensory bin! Filled with water, brushes & play food.
Pumpkins & Apples: Play pumpkin patch or apple orchard. Let children plant, pick and buy the fruits. Sensory play- cut them open and let children feel.
Fall Sensory bin: Fill a bin with various tree parts: leaves, twigs, acorns, pinecones, berries, flowers.
Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered together so the dry land will appear.” And it happened. God named the dry land “earth.” He named the water that was gathered together “seas.” God saw that this was good. Then God said, “Let the earth produce plants. Some plants will make grain for seeds. Others will make fruit with seeds in it. Every seed will produce more of its own kind of plant.” And it happened. The earth produced plants. Some plants had grain for seeds. The trees made fruit with seeds in it. Each seed grew its own kind of plant. God saw that all this was good. Evening passed, and morning came. This was the third day. -Genesis 1:9-13
WELCOME: SONG, PRAYER, TP Greeting
REVIEW & TRANSITION:
Last week we learned all about how God created light giving us Day & Night! A time to play and a time to rest. What do you think God may have created next? (Today we will learn how God created land and water with a focus on plants- fruits & vegetables!)
ATTENTION GRABBER: choose 1
Tree Visit- Invite children to go on a short tree visit with you. Sit in a circle around the tree. Talk about how it grows out of the ground. Talk about seeds, roots, trunk, branches, leaves, flowers and fruits. Hug the tree! Notice the changing colors of Fall.
Put on a apron! Hold a pot & stirring spoon. Ask children who you are. (A chef!) That’s right and together we are going to create a soup! (Say the soup chant together with motions and have each child pick one item (any food item goes!) to put into the “soup”! Stir it and pretend to all eat it together at the end of the song.
Chop, chop, chippity chop. Cut off the bottom and cut off the top! What we have left, We’ll put in the pot. Chop, chop, chippity chop!
_____________ What do you want to put in the pot? “Tomato!” Great let’s put in tomatoes! Repeat chant until all children have had a turn.
Read The Genesis Scripture. When you look outside your window- what kinds of things do you see? God made such a beautiful world for us! God called the dry ground “land”. What kinds of things grow out of land? Trees, plants, flowers, vegetables, fruits! God gave us so many things that we’re grateful for and today we’re going to learn about yummy fruits and veggies!
SONG OR POEM: choose 1
“Apples & Bananas”- I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas. I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas. I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays. I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees. I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees. I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and bi-ni-nis. I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and bi-ni-nis. I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos. I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos. I like to ute, ute, ute upples and bununus. I like to ute, ute, ute upples and bununus!
“Number Food Rhyme”- One, two, three, four ______(insert a child’s name) at the kitchen door. Five, six, seven, eight. Eating _______ (insert a fruit or vegetable) off her plate. (Repeat with each child!)
“The Good Food Song”- "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" Vegetables are good for me, EE I EE I O. And so I eat them happily,. EE I EE I O. With a carrot, carrot here, and a carrot, carrot there. Here a carrot, there a carrot. Everywhere a carrot, carrot. Vegetables are good for me, EE I EE I O.” (insert other names of vegetables!)
SONG VIDEOS: click on the link:
“Creation Song” Sing Along
“Creation Song” Dance Along
“Day 3 Creation” Educational Video (start at 0:28)
“He’s Got the Whole World” Worship Dance
*TEACHING POINT: God Made Fruits & Vegetables
TEACHING WITH DISCUSSION:
Today we will learn about all of the fruits & vegetables God made for us! Does anyone know where fruits and vegetables come from? The farm/garden! That’s right. They start as seeds planted into the earth. How do we help them grow? Water, sunlight and love! Most fruits grow on trees & vegetables grow out of the ground. (Optional motions: Can pretend to plant seeds & grow into big trees!) What kinds of fruits did God make for us? (You can draw children’s answers, write them down or show pictures or play food). Strawberries, oranges, melon, apples...etc! What kinds of vegetables did God make for us? Broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes...etc! Put your finger on your nose if your favorite veggie is a tomato! Put your hand on your head if your favorite fruit is a strawberry! Etc.
God also made all kinds of other food for us such as grains, meat, sweets and more! Fruits & Veggies are very healthy for us to eat! We eat healthy to nourish our bodies and grow strong! (Have children show their muscles!) They have a lot of vitamins and minerals. Who loves eating? What are your favorite things to eat? Food brings people together! What 3 mealtimes do we have? (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner). Sometimes we also have snacks, appetizers or desserts. Yum! Who here is grateful for God’s Creation? What can we do to say thank you to God for our food? (Pray before meals.) God loves us and created such wonderful things for us to bring us joy.
What did God call the “dry ground” He created? (land or earth)
What kinds of plants did God create? (trees, flowers, fruits, vegetables)
What is your favorite fruit? Favorite Vegetable? Why are they good for you?
Why do you think God created land, trees, fruits & vegetables?
Holy Salt: Discuss how when we buy food at the store and take it home- we holy salt it, thank God for it and ask Him to bless it! Have children sprinkle a little holy salt on some food and say a prayer together.
Holy Day Table: For special church holy days, like Children’s Day, we make an offering table to thank God for all that we have. Have children help make an “offering table,” like a tower of clementines.
GROUP ACTIVITIES: choose 1
Fruit & Veggie Hockey Pockey: Give each child a (real or pretend) fruit or veggie. When they hear theirs called- they join you in the hockey pockey!
Favorites Graph: Create a large graph with a list of veggies & fruits. Have children vote & record their votes on a graph to see which Fruit & Veggie won!
Sorting Fruits & Veggies: Have out 2 bins one for “Fruits” and 1 for “Vegetables”. OR sort all fruits & veggies by color! Let children take turns sorting the play food.
God, our Heavenly Parent, created such beautiful land with trees, plants, flowers that grow! We are especially grateful for all of the delicious fruits & vegetables! They are so healthy for us. We can thank God for them by saying a prayer & holy salting. We also take care of our body by eating healthy!
TITHING & PRAYER:
Dear Heavenly Parent, thank you for your beautiful Creation. Thank you for giving us yummy fruits and vegetables! They are delicious and we will eat them to grow healthy and strong. Amen. Aju!
CRAFTS: choose 1
Veggie Painting: 1 potato in brown paint, 1 corn in yellow, 1 carrot in orange , 1 broccoli in green & 1 apple in red paint. Let children paint with veggies!
Potato Stamping: Cut out various shapes out of potatoes. Place them in to different colors of paint. Let children create a potato stamp collage!
Pumpkins: Have children paint or decorate pumpkins with stickers! Or make orange paper jack o'lanterns with shapes for the face.
Fall Collage: Collect fall nature items like leaves, sticks, acorns, nuts. Create a collage with them by gluing them on a piece of paper.
Fruits & Veggies!
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