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creation song for kids

I struggle to find Christian songs which are easy for pre-school kids to sing and remember. Most Christian kids’ songs have far too many words for tiny ones, and are clearly geared towards primary-age children.

So my preference, where possible, is to re-word a popular nursery rhyme tune with some simple, repetitive words which tell a story. As we know, it’s much easier to pick up a song when you already know the tune – and nursery rhymes have stood the test of time for a reason: they’re decent tunes! They’re easy to pick up, short with much repetition, don’t require instrumental backing, and (usually) have a limited range of notes, which means they can be sung in different keys with no problem of getting to the third line and realising you’ve pitched too high or too low. It also takes much longer to learn a song when you’re given written words to read, and most pre-school kids can’t read anyway, so having simple, repetitive words (which nursery rhyme tunes lend themselves to) makes aural learning easy.

This Tuesday, I’ll be kicking off the new term at Tuesday Tots by telling/playing the Creation story with the kids. I did this story last year, but without music, so this year I was keen to introduce an appropriate song. Now, how many of you adults can remember the order of creation? Honestly?! I know I can’t…so the song I’ve come up with has really helped me to remember the story accurately, never mind the children! It’s to the tune of ‘This old man’. (If you use it with your kids, or church group, I’d love to hear about it!)

Our great God

Our great God, on day one,

He said “Light!” and it was done –

With our loudest voices, everybody sing:

Our great God made everything!

Our great God, on day two,

Made the sky for me and you –

With our loudest voices…

Our great God, on day three,

Made the land and plants and sea,

With our loudest voices…

Our great God, on day four,

Made sun, moon and stars galore,

With our loudest voices…

Our great God, on day five,

Made the fish and birds alive,

With our loudest voices…

Our great God, on day six,

Put animals and humans in the mix,

With our loudest voices…

(slower, if you like!) Our great God, on day seven,

Had a rest after all He’d given…

With our loudest voices…

So there you go: a little sneak preview for all you Tuesday Tots regulars. Keen mummies now have two days to ensure they’re word-perfect before Tuesday morning. And all those who don’t come to Tuesday Tots can just spend a few moments being mightily jealous of all the fun we have!

If you like this song, check out ‘Easter bells‘!

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I'm a stay-at-home mum to four kids between 1 and 6, and was formerly a teacher. I blog about living life as a disciple of Christ whilst coping with the demands and excitements of having small children. I've been battling an addiction with chocolate for many years. I'm generally winning, but my teeth are not.

3 thoughts on “creation song for kids

  1. We used to sing a creation song at the Exe Valley holiday club, which helped me remember the order.

    However, the most useful thing I learned that helped was when someone pointed out that the days are in couplets: Day 1 = Light, Day 4 = Sun, Moon, Stars; Day 2 = Sea and Sky, Day 5 = Fish and Birds; Day 3 = Land, Plants and Seeds, Day 6 = Animals and Humans. (Strictly speaking, the seas weren’t named until day 3, but were created on day 2)

    1. Ah, nifty little memory aid there! Yes the ‘sea’ is confusing…a bit like light coming on day 1 but the sun not until day 4. As ‘sea’ rhymes with ‘three’ it was an easy decision for me when writing this song!

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