Get out the baby pictures – everybody LOVES the baby pictures! Talk about the special day they were born. Pull out your own baby pictures. Compare them to see if you look alike. Just as your child probably looks like you, you were made in God’s image.
If your child is adopted, talk about other ways that they are like you and your extended family. (Jill is kind like Grandma. Seth works hard like Uncle Bill. Etc.)
Read Genesis 1:26. (Let us make man in our own image)
What does it mean that man is made in God’s image or likeness? (we have a soul, we can think – animals do things by instinct; we live forever, etc.)
We could never be as smart, as creative, as strong, or as loving as God, but God made man different from the animals. He made man to be like Him. He gave man responsibility over the animals. God’s plan was for people to love Him and to have children and teach them to love God.
Make fingerprint creations!
Items Needed: stamp pad (or paint or even a marker)
Copy or construction paper
Markers or colored pencils
Ask kids to make a picture by dipping their finger tip on the stamp pad (or in the paint) and then pressing it on the paper to make different animals or scenes (flowers, bees, caterpillars, etc.) Draw the rest with a marker to complete the picture.
Did you know…
- that no two fingerprints are alike? Identical twins aren’t 100% identical – they have different fingerprints.
- that your fingerprints were formed before you were born – at 12 weeks?
- that the natural oils in your skin leave fingerprints on almost everything you touch?
God made you unique!
Talk about God’s amazing design in creating you!
Put your hand on your heart. Did you place your hand on the left side of your chest? The heart is actually located almost in the center of the chest, between the lungs. It’s tipped slightly so that a part of it sticks out and taps against the left side of the chest, which is what makes it seem as though it is located there.
Feel your pulse by placing two fingers at pulse points on your neck or wrists. The pulse you feel is blood stopping and starting as it moves through your arteries. Take your pulse. (A kid’s resting pulse might range from 90 to 120 beats per minute. An adult’s slows to an average of 72 beats per minute.)
- Your heart is about the size of a clenched fist and weighs less than a pound.
- Your body has about 6 quarts of blood (show a quart sized container) which circulates through the body three times every minute. In one day, the blood travels a total of 12,000 miles—that’s four times the distance across the US from coast to coast.
- The heart beats about 100,000 times each day and about 35 million times a year.
God made your body perfectly. Your heart beats – and keeps beating – even without you thinking about it!