During Ee week, we studied Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Before I read the story to the girls, I decided to tempt and test them.
I set out two plates. The first plate was filled with fruit to represent The Tree of Life. The second plate was filled with chocolate candy to represent The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Once I put the plates down, I told them they may eat all of the fruit that they want, but they may not eat any of the candy. I talked to them for a couple of minutes (nothing too detailed) and made sure they understood. Because we train our children "to be their brother's keeper", I told Arin that she was to watch out for her sister and remind her also not to eat any of the candy. As a visual reminder, I put the fruit on a green plate and the candy on a red plate. We also briefly talked about green meaning go and red meaning stop, just so they would remember as they were looking at the plates. Then the test began.
After two and a half hours, I ended the experiment. This is how the plates looked at the end of the experiment (they actually ate all of the first batch of watermelon and much of the second batch).
Once the experiment was over, I read the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to the girls from several of their bible story books. We talked about the importance of obeying, even if someone tells you to do something that you know isn't right. It was very easy for Arin to relate to this story after being tested herself.
She also painted a picture of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. I helped her with the background and she did most everything else. I was there to "coach" her somewhat while she was painting. She really enjoyed making this picture and she seemed to understand the story well. We are planning to frame the picture to put in her bedroom to remind her to always obey.