This Adam and Eve Theme page is based on Genesis 2:4-3:24. They were our first ancestors. They didn't always live the way God intended for them to live, much like us.
We can learn some great lessons on how to live rightly through their mistakes. There are consequences to sin and to poor choices, a lesson preschoolers can understand.
This page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!
Let the Theme planning begin!
You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.
Adam and Eve Theme Art
That Sneaky Serpent
Materials Needed: markers; large white construction paper, scissors
Draw a circle that continues by starting in the middle and continue until you get to the outer edge of the paper.
The children should color both sides of the paper.
They then cut on the marker line you have drawn.
It will unravel like a snake.
VARIATION: Use a paper plate instead of paper.
Hand Print Trees
Provide brown and green finger paint for the children to make trees with.
They can use their arms to make the trunk and hands for leaves!
The Garden Collage
Materials needed: paper, paint, leaves, non-pinching clothes pins, marker, glue
The children use a marker to make a face on the top of the clothes pins (Adam and Eve).
The children paint and use glue to add leaves and other nature items to make their own Garden of Eden.
Glue Adam and Eve in the Garden.
Trees in the Garden
Materials needed: Large leaves (like maple leaves), paint of different colors, paint brushes and paper.
The children paint many colors on their leaf.
Show them how to press the painted side of the leaf onto the paper and lift it up (be sure they paint the stem of the leaf as well).
These make BEAUTIFUL trees (see my Pinterest page for a visual under the Adam and Eve Theme. Pinterest link is at the bottom of this page).
Let children add people, animals, plants, etc to their page.
Theme Block Center Ideas
Just One Rule
Provide a different type of block in your block area. When children come to the block area, reflect on the Bible story. God had one rule...what was it? (Do not eat of one specific tree).
Have the children come up with ONE rule for the block area that they all must follow.
It might be: No throwing blocks. No kicking block structures. No using the yellow block.
Print the rule and post it at the block area.
Theme Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
When telling the Bible story, use some props to keep the children's attention. Try using an apple or other fruit and a branch. Also, make a fist with your hand. The part where your thumb is will be the snake's face! Add eyes with a marker.
Use these props and a girl and boy puppet to tell the story.
That Sneaky Serpent
Using a snake that you made from That Sneaky Serpent art project (see Art section above), hole punch the head of the snake. Tie some yarn into the hole.
Tie the other end of the yarn to a paper clip.
Tell the story of Adam and Eve and the serpent in your own words. When discussing the serpent, hold your snake up, using it as a prop for the story.
Don't Eat The Fruit!
Materials needed: a bowl of cut, fresh fruit (strawberries, blueberries, etc.) and a note that reads "DON'T EAT"
Place the bowl of fruit in front of you at circle.
Read the note. Mention something like "I wonder why this fruit is here if we aren't supposed to eat it?" Then shrug and begin reading your story, from the Bible or in your own words.
As you read the story, reach into the bowl and eat a piece of fruit.
Continue as you read the story.
The children may mention that you should not eat the fruit. Act surprised and say "Oh, you're right! Oops!" and continue.
When done, discuss eating the fruit and how tempting it was.
Discuss temptations and how sometimes we need to work hard to not follow through on temptation.
After reading the story, talk to the children about the choice Adam and Eve made.
Remind them that God knows what's best for us and we can trust that.
Ask them to name some poor or bad choices they have made and list them on a large chart paper.
Then go over the list and ask what better choice they could have made or could make in the future.
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Purchase ready to bake dough (like Pillsbury).
Have the children roll a piece into a snake.
They can use tooth picks to make little eyes or designs on the snakes back.
They can coil the snake up or leave it stretched out.
Bake. Eat while telling the story of how the snake tricked Adam and Eve.
Theme Ideas to Transform Your
Dramatic Play Area
Set your dramatic play area up as a garden. The children can make paper trees to hang in the area.
Provide stuffed animals, artificial plants and trees (ask parents to loan some to your class this week).
The children take care of the animals and the plants.
VARIATION: Rather than stuffed animals, provide animal face masks ( or make some with the children!) and children can "be" the animals that Adam and Eve take care of.
Theme Ideas for your Easel--
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Children paint with branches (or leaves).
Adam and Eve in the Garden
Encourage the children to paint what they think the Garden of Eden may have looked like.
Theme Large Group Games
that help build their muscles while they have fun together
Look Out! Snake!
Materials needed: jump ropes or long ropes
Stretch the ropes out and have the children jump over it.
Try wiggling the rope for them to jump over.
Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom
Book Suggestions for the Library
Adam and Eve by Roger Priddy
Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden by Jane Ray
Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
In advance, make pictures (or, if your drawing skills are limited like mine!, find pictures from books and copy them).
Encourage the children to put them in the order of the story.
Make 2 copies each of pictures that go with the story (Adam, Eve, trees, serpent, animals, etc.)
The children can match the cards while they are face up.
The children can place the picture cards face down and play a memory game--a child turns over 2 of the picture cards. If they match, they hold onto them throughout the game. If they don't match, the flip them back over and the next child has turn.
Adam and Eve Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Adam and Eve Song
Sung to the tune of Mary had a Little Lamb
God created Adam, Adam, Adam.
God created Adam from the dust one day.
Adam needed a helper, a helper, a helper.
Adam needed a helper
So he would not be alone.
God created Eve, Eve, Eve.
God created Eve
From a rib from Adam's side.
They lived in a garden, a garden, a garden.
They lived in a garden, the Garden of Eden.
Add more verses as you like!
Pass the Fruit Game
Bring a piece of fruit to school.
Sitting in a circle, pass the fruit while music plays.
When you stop the music, they freeze. Have the child who has the fruit hold it up in the air.
Ask the children "Should we eat that fruit?". Instruct them respond "NO!".
Extension: Discuss this part of the Adam and Eve story before playing.
Adam and Eve Theme Activities for the Senses!
Add twigs/branches that have leaves, artificial flowers, toy people (a boy and a girl) and a snake to your sand table.
Talk with the children about how beautiful the garden must have been and relate the story to the items in the sand table.
Adam and Eve and the "apple"
We always use an apple to tell this story......for generations! But, it was a "fruit"..we don't know which kind!
Add apples and other fruit to your sensory bin for the kids to sort, sink/float, etc in your table.
Adam and Eve Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Do you or someone you know have a non-poisonous snake as a pet?
Bring it in for the children to observe!
Show children pictures of snakes.
Provide worms in a large, clear container for the children to observe the similarities!
Snakes, Snakes, Snakes
Provide a wide variety of toy snakes.....rubber ones, stuffed animal ones, etc.
The children can sort them, compare them to snakes in books that you also will have at this interest center.
Provide paper and markers for children to document what they see and learn!
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Adam and Eve Theme!
Playdough Snake Letters
Provide letter cards that are laminated.
The children roll out balls of playdough into snakes and then shape the snake playdough into a letter shape on top of the letter card.