Creation Day 1 - Light Theme for Preschool

This Creation Day 1 Preschool Theme - Light is based on Genesis 1:1-5

"1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 

2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light.

4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 

5 God called the light 'day', and the darkness he called 'night'. 

And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day." (Genesis 1:1-5 NIV)

This page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!

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 a specific day of Creation.

Let the theme planning begin!

You'll find more themes to help you with your planning on my bible preschool themes page.

Creation Day 1 Preschool Theme

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DAY1 Art Activities Block Area Circle Time Activities Cooking Recipes Dramatic Play Ideas Easel Ideas Gross Motor Games Library and Literacy Math And Manipulatives Activities Music and Movement Sand and Water Table Science Activities Writing Activities

Here are the links for activities for each specific DAY of Creation and the General Creation Theme Page!

Creation Day 2- Sky and Water
Creation Day 3- Land, Sea and Vegetation
Creation Day 4- Sun, Moon and Stars
Creation Day 5- Fish and Birds
Creation Day 6- Animals and People
Creation Day 7- He Rested
Creation Theme

Creation Day 1 - Light Theme Activities
Begin Here!

Art Activities

Creation Day 1 - Light Theme Art

Creation Day 1 Preschool Theme Art Activity

Wet Chalk

Materials needed:  Small and large (sidewalk chalk), black construction paper, cups of water

The children dip the chalk in water and draw on the black paper.  It is pretty amazing to watch the brilliance of the chalk as it dries, and it dries quickly!

Show The Light

Materials needed:  black and yellow construction paper scraps, glue sticks, white paper.

Have the children rip the black and yellow paper with their hands (no scissors, we are building up those hand muscles today!) and glue the black on one side of the white paper and the yellow on the other half.  

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Block Area

Creation Day 1 - Light Theme Block Center Ideas

Just Blocks

Most preschoolers LOVE having props and other things like cars, animals, etc. to use with the blocks in this interest center.

Today, have just one type of blocks.  NO PROPS!  On the first day, God created light....we can see the blocks!  You could provide small flashlights for them to create shadows and tunnels with as well.

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Circle Time Activities

Creation Day 1 - Light 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!

Bible Story

Read about Day 1 from your favorite children's Bible or your own Bible. Genesis 1:1-5

Your Own Words

Tell the account of Genesis 1:1-5 in your own words!  Tell the children to close their eyes.  Now tell them to cover their closed eyes with their hands. 

That is how dark it was before God made light!  Now, tell them to close their eyes, cover them and then shut off the light.  Have them open their eyes and then turn the light on!

Open, Shut Them

Sing this version of the Open, Shut them song and do what the words say!

Open, shut them.  Open, shut them (your eyes!).

Give a little clap!

Open, shut them.  Open, shut them (your eyes!).

God made light when it was black!

Theme Prop Intro

Needed:  Flashlight and an empty, plastic egg or container that you can not see through.

Turn the lights off in the room.  

Pass around the egg or container and let each child shake it and guess what is in it.

Open the egg or container and show them.

Tell about the darkness and that there was nothing before God created it.

On the first day, God created LIGHT.  Turn the flashlight on.

Read the Bible story about God creating light.

Turn the lights back on.

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Cooking Recipes

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!

Light and Dark Crackers

Materials needed: Graham crackers, softened cream cheese, grape jelly, spoons and plastic knives

The children spread jelly on one cracker and cream cheese on the other: Darkness and then light!

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Dramatic Play Ideas

Creation Day 1 - Light Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area

Refrigerator Box Creation--Day by Day

You will need a large box.  One large enough for a few children to fit in. Think washing machine or refrigerator box!

The children will add to the box each day during your Creation Theme.

Today, place battery operated lanterns and/or flashlights in the box.

Provide the children a box of crayons to decorate the inside and outside of the box.

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Easel Ideas

Creation Day 1 - Light Theme Ideas for your Easel--

More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)

Light Easel

Have you ever used one?  I LOVE the idea!  If you don't have one, make one!  You will use it all year!

A light easel is one where the part you typically place the paper on is plexiglass!  You place a lamp or light on the floor on the opposite side from where the children stand.

The children paint right on the easel!

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Gross Motor Games

Creation Day 1 - Light Theme Large Group Games 

that help build their muscles while they have fun together

Freeze Dance with Light

Play different tempos of music.

The children dance and move.

Turn off the lights and they must freeze!

VARIATION:  Turn a flashlight on and keep the lights on if your room gets too dark.

The children dance with the music on.  They must keep watch on your flashlight!

When you turn off the flashlight, they freeze!

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Library and Literacy

Creation Day 1 - Light Theme Ideas for Your Library Area

Book Suggestions for the Library

(I LOVE Amazon, and some of the links below will take you to the Amazon website.  If you do choose to purchase yours through Amazon, they do send me a few cents--which supports my coffee habit! )

7 Days of Creation by Mindy Macdonald

God Made Colors: The Berenstain Bears by Jan and Mike Berenstain

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Math And Manipulatives Activities

Creation Day 1 - Light Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!

Creation Day 1 Preschool Theme Math Activity

Measuring Shadows

Provide a shoe box, small toys from around the classroom, a flash light and something to measure with.

Remember that children don't quite "get" rulers yet, though you could have them available!  I'd recommend rulers AND either snap cubes or plastic links to measure with! 

The children flash the light at the object in the box and then measure the shadow it makes!

Shiny Jewels

Materials needed: colorful glass beads, flashlight, clear cups or clear bowls.

The children sort by size, shape and color and use the light to check them out!

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Music and Movement

Creation Day 1 - Light Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas

 to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!

God Created

There is a great song my daughter's Sunday school teacher sang during the Creation Theme.

It is sung to the tune of Frere Jacques

We will add additional verses each day!

Today, sing:

God created!  God created!

Night and day, night and day.

That was on the first day.

That was on the first day.

And it was good.  It was good.

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Sand and Water Table

Creation Day 1 - Light Theme Activities for the Senses!

Discovery Bottles

Materials:  small, clear water bottles, water and your imagination!

Put water (clear or colored) in a bottle.  Add items that will shine/sparkle when the light reflects on them.

Some ideas:  colored, translucent bingo marker chips; glitter; metallic craft pieces; glass jewels, ribbon

Water Beads

These are great!  AND, if you place a light under the table and the bin is clear, it will look awesome with the light shining through it!

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Science Activities

Creation Day 1 - Light Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!

Creation Day 1 Preschool Theme Science Activity

Light and Color

Materials Needed:  shallow tray, milk, food coloring

Drop one drop of color into the milk that is in the tray.

The color will come to the top and swirl!

Continue with other colors!

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Writing Activities

Writing Activity Ideas for Your Creation Day 1 - Light Theme!

Colorful Yarn Letters

Place contact paper on the table, sticky side up.

Provide cut pieces of yarn for the children to make letters on the contact paper.

EXTENSION:  Have the children cut the yarn themselves!

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