The web of life was always meant to be interconnected; teach all about it with these free printables about food chains and food webs. Although life has always been interconnected, God’s creation was not meant to be what it is today.
Before original sin.
Can you imagine the perfect cycle of life? No death? Us living in harmony with no exception. It is hard to even fathom with the divide we see in our world today.
Yet, that is exactly how God made this world to be. Before the original sin, God created everything to interconnect perfectly.
God created plants for both humans and animals to eat. Plants as our sole means of consumption meant no killing, no bloodshed. The world was made to thrive while walking with God, while living for Him perfectly and in peace.
After original sin.
Romans 8:19–23 says, “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption…”
Once sin was introduced to the world, a curse was put on the creation and changed everything to what we know today – a fallen world.
For the very first time, God made the very first atoning sacrifice. Many people have never thought of this. However, the very first shedding of blood was… from God Himself.
Adam and Eve attempted to cover themselves with figs leaves once they felt guilt and shame from disobeying God. They tried to cover their sin with fig leaves yet the Lord had to cover those sins Himself.
God chose to cover Adam and Eve with animal skins. Genesis 3:21 explains, “And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.”
The garments of skin were righteousness only. He could provide them for their rebellion. Of course, this was a reflection of how the ultimate shedding of blood in Christ was the only thing that could save us today.
The cycle of life.
We went from perfect harmony with God as He intended, to a different type of living where we shed blood to eat, and so did animals. This is precisely what we see when we speak of the food chain and the food web in our present day.
This world is no longer how it once was when God created it. When animals only needed plants to survive before the “fall,” now they are made to adapt to continue the cycle of life. God made the world to be linked one way, but now we are linked in another.
Food chains and food webs.
Humans (most of us) eat animals, bigger animals eat smaller animals, who eat insects, who eat worms, who need the soil to survive.
The food chain and food web make very important topics for us to explore with our children. The primary reason is that as part of the fall of mankind, next is to explain how everything links to dependence on another to survive on earth.
All plants and animals alike rely on food to provide them the energy to live.
By definition, a food web shows the many different ways plants and animals are connected; the food webs contain several food chains. A food chain, by comparison, only shows one path of how plants and animals are connected.
These free resources will help you teach your kids all about food chains and food webs:
Food chain/Web FREE Worksheets/Activities/Lesson Plans | Teacher Planet
Simple and Useful Resource on Food Chains/Webs | Primary Homework Help
Bigger Food Chain Samples | Sheppard Software
Explain to Kids: Food Chains | LittleLives
Grab these free printables about food chains and food webs:
FREE Food Chains and Webs Coloring Pages for Preschool Children | Coloring Pages for Toddlers
Food Webs and Food Chains FREE Worksheet | Family 2 Family Learning Resources
30 Food Webs and Food Chains FREE Worksheet | Accounting Invoice
FREE Food Chains and Webs | GreatSchools.org
Ocean Food Web FREE Worksheets | Living Life and Learning
FREE Printable Antarctic Food Web | TrilliumMontessori.ORG
Food Webs FREE Printable Test | Help Teaching
Energy Through an Ecosystem – Food Webs FREE Test | Help Teaching
Broken Food Chains FREE Download | Teaching Ideas
FREE Food Chain Worksheet | Cookie.com
Forest Food Chain Book and FREE Printable Food Chain Game | Brain Power Boy
Nesting African FREE Food Chain File | Homeschooling Kinetic Kids
FREE Food Chain Cards & Lesson Plan | Homeschooling and Homesteading
Food Chains FREE Unit Helper (Google Classroom Able) | Amy Lynn Teaches
FREE Printable Ocean Food Chain Workbook | Homeschool Hideout
Food Chain FREE Worksheet & Pack | Layton Adventures
Ocean Animals Food Chain FREE Printables | Living Life and Learning
Prairie Food Chain FREE CRAFTivity | Little Learning Lane
Food Chain Lesson and Food Chain FREE Coloring Book | The Homeschool Scientist
Forest Food Pyramid FREE Downloadable Project | Education.com
FREE Food Chain Card Game | STEM Mom
Polar Bear Food Chain Activity FREE Printables | Rainy Day Mum
Deciduous Forest Food Chain Lesson FREE Printables | NurtureStore
First Grade Food Chain FREE Worksheets | Turtle Diary
Six Food Chains (FREE) | Clever Learner
Human Food Chain FREE Coloring Pages for Preschoolers | Craft Play Learn
Food chain and food web activities and games:
10 Enjoyable Food Chain Activities and Resources! | The Discovery Apple
Build a Food Web Game | Exploring Nature
Sharks! – A Shark Food Chain FREE Game | Look Were Learning
Step on it! A Life-Sized Food Web | The Science Penguin
I love the idea of food chains and webs in relation to how God created us to be. It will help us explain why we eat animals for food, why some people choose not to, and provide understanding for either choice.
We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Use these free printables about food chains and food webs to go alongside lessons on His creation to point your kids toward the Creator.
After all, He takes care of the birds, so they never worry where their next meal will come from – so much so does He care for us.
He has covered our sins and made way for us to be reconciled to Him. Amen!
Matthew 6:26, “Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!