05 God created all living creatures

UNIT #: 
Lesson Theme: 
Be thankful to God for the animals

To help students understand and appreciate all animals no matter how big or small.

Bible Passage: 

Genesis 1:20-25

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

20 And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” 21 So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Print small individual pictures of different animals, birds and fish. Have larger sheets of paper ready with titles for different categories. Categories could include:

  • Animals with four feet, Fish that swim, birds that fly
  • Animals that live in the jungle, animals that live in farms or pets that we have at our home

Student Introduction: Ask students about their favorite animal. As a class, have students share animals they have seen, ridden, touched, etc. Lay out the printed animal and bird pictures face-down and have students pick one picture at a time and put it in different categories.

Main Ideas: 

God made everything for a purpose. In the beginning, after God made the sun, moon and stars, He made animals that could live in a special garden. He called the garden, the Garden of Eden. He made animals that walk, hop, fly and swim. He also made big animals that were very strong and small, tiny animals that were fast. Every animal, insect, and bird was made for a reason. After he made the animals, he made a man to look after all the animals. God teaches us that we must be kind and respectful to animals. We get food from animals – chicken, fish, beef, eggs, and milk. Animals also give us clothes to wear – silk from the silkworm and wool from sheep.


Let’s sing: Have students stand in a circle and play ‘Passing the Parcel’ to the tune of ‘If I were a butterfly’ or any other animal song. When the music stops, the student that has the parcel should enact different animals.

Lesson Review: 

Ask students what new animals they learnt today. Have the students get into two teams. Team A and Team B. Ask questions and see which team answers first.

Question 1: Name one animal from the farm

Question 2: Name one animal from the jungle

Question 3: Name one bird

Question 4: Name one animal under the sea

Question 5: Name the King of the Jungle

Values for Life: 

God made many beautiful animals for us to look after. He wants us to love them and take care of them.

Life Response/My Decision: 

I will always be kind to animals and look after them.  

Memory Verse: 

Psalm 147:9

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

He gives to the animals their food,
    and to the young ravens when they cry.

Closing Prayer: 

Dear God, we thank you so much for all the animals and birds, big and small that you have made. Help us to remember that each of them are not only beautiful but they protect us and help us to become stronger each day.

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