487. The conflict between Paul and Barnabas - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the division between Paul and Barnabas

In Acts 15: 36 - 41 we read about an argument between Paul and Barnabas. Two good friends and fellow missionaries who can’t agree on what to do with John Mark. Eventually they decide to separate and go their own ways. We don’t know if they ever saw each other again...


In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot pan to demonstrate this story, and to think with the children about the following questions

- Have you ever had a real argument with your best friend?
- Whose side are you on? Paul’s or Barnabas’?
- How do you think Paul and Barnabas should have resolved this argument?
- How do you resolve an argument with your friends?
- Do you think anything good came out of this argument?

This object lesson will really help you address this not so happy Bible story within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

Themes:

Paul and Barnabas, arguments, second chance, John Mark, making peace

Download:

You can download a complete worksheet which will help you to do the object lesson and teach on Paul and Barnabas.

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Scripture reference: Acts 15: 36 - 41
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

481. Create your own 'miracle' in the story of the feeding the multitude


A true multiplication when you tell the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand – this is a great object lesson!

How can you make something really multiply when you are telling the story of the feeding of the five thousand? In this way you can create your own small miracle – people of all ages will love it.

And the great thing is, you don’t have to be a magician to do this! It’s really easy……

multiplying five bread and two fish

Themes:

Feeding the multitude, The Feeding of the 5,000, miracle of the five loaves and two fish, The Feeding of the 4,000

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Scripture reference: Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:12-17, John 6:1-14, Matthew 15:32-39, Mark 8:1-9
You can use this idea in a: At home, Sunday school, children’s moment in a service, holiday Bible club, children’s church, the classroom, RE lessons

466. Six reasons why you should use more object lessons


Re-discover the power of an object lesson:

Here at Creative Kidswork we offer you literally hundreds of fun, Biblical, easy to do object lessons that you can use within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry. We at Creative Kidswork really believe in the power of the object lesson. Maybe we can get you also excited about them by giving you six reasons why you should use them.

Free Sunday school lessons

1. They can help you to communicate an (abstract) Biblical truth in a clear and easy way.
The most important reason why we believe in object lessons is that they can help you to communicate an (abstract) Biblical truth in such a way that even small children will understand their meaning. With the help of an object lesson children can suddenly start to grasp the spiritual truths that you are teaching them. Isn’t that great?

2. Object lessons are fun!
They always carry an element of surprise. “What is going to happen this week? Which cool experiment are we going to take part in this Sunday?” And the great thing is: they are often so easy to do and you can find them all here on the site. This makes it fun not only for the children, but also for you.

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462. Parable of the talents - a creative prayer idea


The parable of the talents as a creative prayer idea on God's creation

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school lesson or children’s ministry.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

In this creative idea we’re going to pray for wisdom how we can take care of God’s creation.

Parable of the talents a creative prayer idea for Sunday school class Sunday school lesson bible lesson youth ministry christian youth work on taking care of Gods creation

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What to you need:

- cards with a picture of an open hand on them
- a map of the world, or a globe

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

461. What is a climate refugee? - A refugee experience


A refugee experience for the kids in your Sunday school lesson

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your youth ministry or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty? For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

What is a climate refugee creative activity about Bible story Abram Lot separating Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin


The children are going to experience and think about what it means to be a climate refugee, and the role that we in the west play in it.

What do you need:

- Lego, Duplo, empty toilet rolls or plastic cups
- sweets
- domino blocks

What to do:

Divide the children into groups. Group A goes to sit on the ground at the end of the room. This is the rich, western world. Ask the children in this group to build a factory tower, using  Lego, Duplo, empty toilet rolls or plastic cups.

The other two groups B and C sit down at the other end of the room, one on the left and one on the right. Both groups get a hundred domino blocks. They have to place behind one another. Once they are all in line, they all get a sweet.

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

460. Carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer - a fun game


A fun game about climate change for your youth ministy

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

Carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer a fun game for Sunday school class bible lesson kids church christian youth work on taking care of creation


In this game we’re going to replay the process by which carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer.

What do you need:

- a soft foam ball
- tape

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

459. Carbon monoxide attacks the ozone layer - Science experiment


A really cool experiment about taking care of God's creation

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

Carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer a science experiment for Sunday school class bible lesson kids church christian youth work on taking care of creation


It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

Using the experiment below we are going to explain how carbon dioxide attacks the ozone layer, and that this means that the sun shines more brightly on the earth.

What do you need:

- a glass
- yellow liquid food colouring
- water
- squares of paper, 10 x 10 cm
- scissors/ a needle
- a large plastic bowl to catch the water in

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

458. What is carbon dioxide? - A science experiment


What is stronger? Oxygen of carbon dioxide?

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

What is Carbon Dioxide a science experiment for Sunday school class bible lesson kids church christian youth work on taking care of creation


We’re going to introduce the concept of carbon dioxide using the following experiment:

What do you need:

- a large glass or vase
- a tea light
- a plate

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

457. The ice art is melting - science experiment


Use something valuable to help the kids reflect on taking care of God's creation

You can use this science experiment to help the children in your Sunday school lesson or Bible lesson to discover what it means to care for God’s earth.

The ice art is melting a science experiment for Sunday school class bible lesson kids church christian youth work on taking care of creation


This year the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

In this idea we introduce the idea of climate change, based on a melting ice form.

What do you need:

- a baking tin in a nice shape (a heart, or something like that).
- a plate
- a tea warmer

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

456. Valuable things!? - An object lesson


Use something valuable to help the kids reflect on taking care of God's creation

You can use this object lesson to help the children in your Sunday school lesson or Bible lesson to discover what it means to care for God’s earth.

Valuable things object lesson for Sunday school class bible lesson kids church christian youth work on taking care of creation


What do you need:

- something valuable to you that you can show to the children

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

455. Time to flip the switch - Object lesson about taking care of God's creation


Use this object lesson to show the kids that we can make a difference

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

The theme of thise Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. This object lesson can help you in your Bible lesson on Psalm 24.

Time to flip the switch object lesson for Sunday school class bible lesson kids church christian youth work on taking care of creation

What do you need:

- a large wooden board with a switch or an arrow that you move to point to either of two different phrases: ‘my life’ or ‘God’s earth’.

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

454. The earth is the Lord’s - Children's moment


A children's moment about taking care of God's creation

I have written a series of ideas and activities especially for Micah Sunday, that you can use during your Sunday school or children’s moment in church.

In 2017 the theme of the Micah Sunday is based on a text from Psalm 24: ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’ 

It looks at how we as Christians can take care of God's world. What can we do to stop pollution, climate change and all the effects this has on the earth and those living in poverty. For them this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all.

In this children’s moment we take a look at this text.


The earth is the Lords a children moment for kids in your Sunday school class Bible lesson or youth work climate change


What do you need:

- a plant
- a blow up globe
- A4 paper and pens

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Psalm 24
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

452. Look at me! - a fun object lesson


Use this fun object lesson to reflect on valuing other above ourselves

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on Philippians 1: 1 - 11.

Paul writes in Philippians 2:1-11 about the importance of unity. He warns the Christians in Philippi about the danger of considering themselves better than others, or boasting about themselves. In verses 3 and 4 he urges them not to look to their own interest, but to those of others, and value others above themselves.

Look at me fun object lesson with chocolate coins about Bible book Philippians 2 for Sunday school lesson youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly


This is fun and sweet object lesson will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage. 

What do you need:

- lots of chocolate coins

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2: 2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

450. Parachute game - a fun game


A fun game to help the children think about being one, but also being different

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on Philippians 1: 1 - 11.

Paul writes in Philippians 2:2 that we have fellowship with and through the Spirit and urges us to be one in mind and spirit. What does it mean to be one? Does it mean that we should all be the same? Or is it actually a good thing that we’re different?

This is fun game on Philippians 2: 1 - 11 about being an unity together while still being all different. It will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Parachute game fun game activity about Bible book Philippians 2 for Sunday school lesson youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly

What do you need:

- a large play parachute

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2: 2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

444. Mirroring one another - Creative activity


Be an imitator of Christ in your friendships with others...

In Philippians 2: 5 Paul writes about the importance of having the same mind-set as Christ Jesus in our relationships with one another. He encourages us to look at Jesus and then try to mirror Him in our relationships with one another. But mirroring someone else is actually quite hard. So what to do?

Mirroring one another imitating Christ creative activity about Bible book Philippians 2 for Sunday school lesson youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly


In the letter to the church in Philippians Paul encourages his readers to look at Jesus and then try to mirror Him, to imitate Him, so that we can be good friends to others. This is a fun creative activity on Philippians 2 about being imitators of Christ. It will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

442. Look at how well I can boast! - Icebreaker


Don't think that you are better than someone else

In Philippians 2: 1 -11 Paul writes about the importance of unity. He warns the Christians in Philippi about the dangers of thinking that they are better than others, or boasting about themselves. ‘No,’ writes Paul, ‘you must be humble towards one another, and consider others better than yourselves.’.

Sometimes in your children’s work you need to address things that are difficult, in order to talk about them and look for ways to make things work better.

This is a fun icebreaker on Philippians 2 about boasting about themselves. It will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Look at how well I can boast fun icebreaker about Bible book Philippians 2 for Sunday school lesson youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly


What do you need:

- lots of red and green cards

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

441. Fellowship in the Spirit - an object lesson


What does it mean to have any common sharing in the Spirit?

Paul writes in Philippians 2:2 the following: "Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind." (NIV translation)

This is a fun object lesson on Philippians 2:2 about having fellowship with each other through the Spirit. It will help the children in our Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Fellowship in the Spirit an object lesson on Bible book Philippians 2 for Sunday school lesson youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly

What do you need:

- a large ball of wool

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

439. Tell Bible stories with the National Flag illussion

Take your audience around the world with this self working National Flag card trick.

This is a brilliant object lesson / gospel illusion. Ideal for school assemblies - with the opportunity to share facts about different countries - teachers love that!

Perfect for services - the chosen flag leads you seamlessly into dozens of different stories from the Bible.

And best of all the deck does all the work for you - leaving you to focus on your presentation and message. 

A great new productt from my friends at Mission Magic. . 

 

438. Psalm 150 - Thank you paper chain


Dear God, I am really thankful for...

A creative prayer idea / Bible game and crafts idea to help the children reflect on being thankful in the Bible book of Psalms...

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on Psalm 150.  

It will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Thank you paper chain a creative activity on Psalm 150 for your Sunday school lesson kidmin VBS youth ministry childrens church childrens ministry

What do you need: 

- coloured strips of paper
- crayons or pens
- a stapler or cellotape

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

436. Psalm 150 - A present for Him


Do you think God likes His presents?

A fun Bible game to help the children reflect on all the meaning of worship in the Bible book of Psalms...

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on Psalm 150.  It will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Present for Him a creative activity on Psalm 150 for your Sunday school lesson kidmin VBS youth ministry childrens church childrens ministry

What do you need:

- Wrapping paper
- Cellotape
- Scissors
- Ribbon to tie round the present

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

435. Psalm 150 - Why do we sing for Him?


It pleases God when we sing for Him

A fun crafts idea / object lesson / creative activity to help the children reflect on what it means to worship God in the Bible book of Psalms...

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on Psalm 150.  It will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Why do we sing for Him a creative activity on Psalm 150 for your Sunday school lesson kidmin VBS youth ministry childrens church childrens ministry

What do you need:

- A3 paper
- candles
- watercolour paint
- brushes
- pots of water

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

434. Psalm 150 - A song of praise


With your words you can praise someone to heaven or bring someone down with what you say.

A fun object lesson / creative activity to help the children reflect on the power of words in the Bible book of Psalms...

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on Psalm 150.  It will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Song of praise a creative activity on Psalm 150 for your Sunday school lesson kidmin VBS youth ministry childrens church childrens ministry

What do you need:

- A chair

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

431. Psalm 150 - Everything that has breath...


Do you know if something is alive or lifeless?

A fun object lesson / creative activity to help the children reflect on what it means to be alive.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on Psalm 150.  It will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Everything that has breath a creative activity on Psalm 150 for your Sunday school lesson kidmin VBS youth ministry childrens church childrens ministry

What do you do:

Tell:
In psalm 150 the psalmist sings ‘Let everything that has breath praise the Lord’, ‘Let everything that is alive praise the Lord’. Who / what is alive?
 
Do:
Bring some things with you like a fossil, a seed from a plant, some moss,  a piece of coral, air in a bag, water in a glass, blue cheese
 
Ask:
Ask the children to guess if they are alive or not.
 
Do:
You can also bring pictures/photos. Don’t make it too easy for them.
 
Ask:
- Which things are dead, alive, or have ever lived? 
- How could they sing for God?
 
What do you need:
- a fossil
- a seed from a plant
- some moss
- a piece of coral
- air in a bag
- water in a glass
- blue cheese
Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

430. Psalm 150 - My heart is shaking


A fun object lesson / science experience on Psalm 150

Music gets you moving as demonstrated in this fun object lesson and science experience.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on Psalm 150.  It will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

My heart is shaking a creative activity on Psalm 150 for your Sunday school lesson kidmin VBS youth ministry childrens church childrens ministry

What do you need:

- Balloons
- Rice
- Loudspeaker
- Strong plastic cups

What do you do:

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Scripture reference: Psalm 150
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, children's ministr, Messy church,, kids time, craft's time, kids ministry, children's ministry, kids church

424. Do you already own a Super Story Stick?


A wooden wonder to wow and win over audiences!

You show the children a long wooden stick, jointed at three points. This seemingly simple prop is used to tell many different stories, as the stick is formed into a wide range of clear, recognisable shapes. The pace picks up, as your switch effortlessly from shape to shape – telling entertaining stories, with memorable Gospel messages!

Children in particular respond well to visual aids, and the Story Stick allows you to bring any story to life – using either the x3 included routines OR making up your own stories and shapes!

A great new product from my friends at Mission Magic

 

420. The Ping Pong Ball Following The Running Water Tap - an object lesson


Such an easy-to-do object lesson on following Jesus

The great thing about this object lesson is that you only need a ping pong ball and a moveable tap to do this.

Just as the ping pong ball will always follow the streaming water, we can always follow Jesus, who is our Living Water.

This object lesson is ideal to use to talk with children, young people and adults about:

  • Following Jesus
  • Hearing His voice
  • Being lead by God
  • Being obedient to His will

ping pong ball


Which forces drive the ping pong ball to always follow the water?
Which forces drive us to follow Jesus?

How does the water lead the ping pong ball?
How does God lead us?

We at Creative Kidswork are real fans of TheDadLab Youtube Channel.
Below you'll find another of his great, short video's on easy-to-do science experiments. 

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410. The power of a folding Bible stories


Have you heard about folding Bible stories?

I think that they are great! They are such a powerful tool for telling Bible stories. They are perfect for School, School Assemblies, Family/All Age Services, Beach Missions, Camps and Holiday Clubs.

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With the help of Gary Stirling you can very easily create your own folding story. Gary offers the following six stories:

- Simon the Pharisee who invited Jesus for food and the woman came and annointed his feet with perfume.
- Daniel and the lions den
- the Furnace of Blazing Fire from the book of Daniel in the Bible
- Abraham and Isaac
- Noah's ark
- the Resurrection of Jesus including the Emmaus road.

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408. Daniel in the lion's den - a storyboard

Have you ever told a Bible story with a storyboard?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell the story of the Daniel in the lion's den while using a storyboard. These storyboards are produced by Gary Stirling. They are very cleverly designed, so you can tell one story with just eight pictures. This one also has a clear gospel presentation in it. 

Dawn Getley tells the story of Daniel in the lions den

You can buy the script, the pictures and the instructions for 6 pounds at GarysBibleStories.

You can download Dawn's script and watch the video below...

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Scripture reference: Daniel 6:1–28
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

407. Noah and the ark - a storyboard

Have you ever told a Bible story with a storyboard?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell the story of the Noah and the ark while using a storyboard. These storyboards are produced by Gary Stirling. They are very cleverly designed, so you can tell one story with just eight pictures. This one also has a clear gospel presentation in it. 

Dawn Getley tells the story of Noah and the ark

You can buy the script, the pictures and the instructions for 6 pounds at GarysBibleStories.

You can download Dawn's script and watch the video below...

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Scripture reference: Genesis 5 , Genesis 6, Genesis 7, Genesis 8, Genesis 9, Genesis 10
You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

406. Three different ways to apply the Bible into our lives - an object lesson


What happens if you take a bottle of wine, a bottle of strawberry sauce and a bottle of marinade sauce?

Three different ways to apply the Bible into our lives

You suddenly have a powerful object lesson that you can use to teach children, teenagers and adults about the importance of reading, studying and applying God's Word into our lives.

You can watch the video below...

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Scripture reference: 2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Timothy 3:14-17, Joshua 1:8, Psalm 119:11, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 3:1-2, 2 Timothy 2:15, 1 Peter 3:15, Deuteronomy 11:18-23, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 119:9, Romans 12:2, Acts 17:11, Ephesians 6:11-17, Acts 8:30, James 1:22, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Timothy 3:1-17, John 8:32, Proverbs 2:1-5, 1 John 2:27, John 13:17, John 1:1, Luke 4:4, Hosea 4:6, John 6:63, John 5:39-40, 1 Peter 2:1-2, Proverbs 2:1-22
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405. Looking with God’s eyes - an object lesson


A clever and fun object lesson that demonstrates that we can only focus on the small part in front of us and that we need the Bible to see Gods big picture.

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There are several stories and passages in the Bible in which humans have to discover that although we claim to see, we are blind. We don’t see things as God sees them. We only focus on a small part in front of us. God sees everything. We need the Bible to see Gods big picture. 

In 1 Samuel 16 the prophet Samuel has come to anoint a new king. When he looks at David’s oldest brother Eliab he thinks this is the one! But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. ( 1 Samuel 16:7)

One of Jesus’ sayings is: “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind may see and those who see may become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard this, and they asked Him, “Are we blind” too? 4“If you were blind,” Jesus replied, “you would not be guilty of sin. But since you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”  (John 9: 39-41)

How do we help children, teenagers and adults to think about these matters? How do we demonstrate that we only see a small part of the big picturen and that we need to study God's Word to discover the big picture and to learn to see as God sees?

 - For this object lesson we use two pictures of a set of playing cards. Not all Christians are comfortable with using playing cards as an object lesson. The good news is that you can also use this object lesson with different images that are very similar. -

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The object lesson:

Show a picture of these five playing cards to the group. Ask one of the older children / teenagers to pick one of the cards on the picture. Let him or her write this card down on a piece of paper, without mentioning which card he / she has chosen. 

Now you remove the picture with the five playing cards and show him / her the picture of four playing cards that you can find underneath the line in this idea.

Five playing cards turn into four. What is the chance that his or her card has disappeared? You would say: one in five. But the truth is: one hundred percent.

Try this for yourself! How is it possible that your playing card disappears as well?

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Scripture reference: 1 Samuel 16:7, John 9: 39-41, Isaiah 6:10, Psalm 119:18, Psalm 13:2-3, 2 Corinthians 4:4, Luke 14:13-14, John 9:1-41, 1 John 2:11, Matthew 13:13-16, Matthew 15:14, Ephesians 5:8, Luke 12:48, Luke 18:35-38, Revelation 3:17, 2 Kings 6:17-20, Matthew 24:30, 1 John 4:1, Hebrews 4:13, Job 34:21

403. Let's make a rainbow! - a science experience


This is a cool science experiment that you can use in a class room or Sunday school lesson

A rainbow is a symbol of hope. A symbol that God will keep his promises. So any time you are going to talk about hope, God's promises and God's faithfulness you can create this rainbow.

You can also use this experiment to tell the story of Noah and the rainbow.

But personally we also use this to talk about unity -  we are all different, but still one! 

And what do you think about the fruit of the Spirit? So many expressions of the same Spirit in different colours...

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Scripture reference: Genesis 9:8-17
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400. Flip about Bible button - Gospel Magic Illusion


Multiple changes, magical moments and a memorable message!

You show a large picture of a golden city and asks the children or congregation to guess what it could be. It’s the kingdom of heaven, but we may often feel like we’re not good enough to get into heaven. This is because of sin in our heart…and as he says this, the card flips open and change into a black heart.

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But despite having bad thoughts, saying and doing bad things, we have can be forgiven because Jesus died on the cross for us. At this point, the card is flipped open and transforms into a white cross on a red background.

Jesus died for us, so that our hearts could be made clean. The card now turns into a white heart on a green background.

With a clean slate, we grow in our relationship with God and ultimately can enter the kingdom of heaven. And finally the card changes back to the image of heaven (and you’re now reset to perform it the next time too!)

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394. Ascension day - the cloud


Everyone can be a part of God’s kingdom!

Before Jesus left to go to heaven he told his disciples that they should proclaim the good news.  After that Jesus got onto a cloud.

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Let's make a cloud in a glass to remember the fact that Jesus has gone to heaven and that he's given all of us a task.

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Scripture reference: 1 Timothy 3:16, Acts 1:1-26, Mark 16:19, Acts 1:11, Acts 1:9, John 6:62, 1 Peter 3:22, Acts 1:9-11, John 20:17
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391. Flowing water from the cross


An wonderful object lesson with the parable of the good samaritan

Gert van Bos gave me this fun idea:

"Once, to tell the story of the Good Samaritan, I used a specially made cross. Because the story starts with a conversation about the great commandment 'Love the Lord God with all your heart' and the second commandment 'Love your neighbour as yourself’, I got the idea of making a wooden cross with PVC piping running through it. You could make it out of plexiglass instead of wood, but this one is more surprising.

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388. Preach the Gospel with the Magic Arrow Board


How can we communicate the Gospel to children and adults in such a way that it will help them understand?

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can explain the Gospel using the Magic Arrow Board.

In the video underneath we will teach you how you can do this trick within ten minutes and create something that the children and adults won't forget soon. 

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In the video below we will teach you how you can do this trick yourself. Trust us, it really is very easy!

You will also download the script underneath here. 

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You can use this idea in a: Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

387. Tell the Christmas story in a new way using a very easy magic trick

Have you heard of the Arrow Board magic trick?

What is the big story behind Christmas? Why did Jesus come? How do you explain this to children and adults in a Christmas service or in school assembly?

How do you tell this amazing story in a new way? 

You know, you can do this very easily with the Arrow Board magic trick. It is a board with two arrows. It looks spectacular, but is very easy to do. You can make such a board with some paint or some tape.

In the first video we will show you the routine with the Arrow Board. In the video underneath we will teach you how you can do this trick within ten minutes and create something that the children and adults won't forget soon. 

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378. The Bible story of the Vineyard Workers - three rope trick


Use the three rope trick (or the professor's nightmare trick) to tell this wondeful Bible story

We have asked OAC evangelist and specialist children's workers Dawn Getley to make a demonstration video on how you can tell this parable while using the three rope trick. This trick is also called the professor's nightmare trick. 

If you don't know how the trick wortks, you can find a link to several instruction video's at the bottom of this idea. 

Dawn Getley parable of the workers in the vineyard three rope trick

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Sunday School lesson, Sunday school class, Sunday school curriculum, children's ministry, children's moment in church, Messy church, school assembly, RE lesson, youth work, youth group, preaching illustration, creative preaching

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374. The letter to the Philippians - the parachute game


What does it mean to be united by the Holy Spirit?

In Philippians 2:2, Paul writes about how are are united by the Holy Spirit. What does it mean to be united? Does it mean that we are all the same? Or is is alright to be different?

Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul, unity, united by the Holy Spirit

Ask the children to stand in a large circle and give them the parachute to hold. Practise holding the parachute in the air together and bringing it down to the ground together.

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373. United in the Holy Spirit – an object lesson


United through a ball of wool

Paul writes to the Christians in Philippi that they are ‘united with Christ’ (Philippians 2:1) If we are united with Christ we are united together, because He unites us.

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Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul, unity, united by the Holy Spirit

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You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kid's time, children's moment in church, Messy church, youth work

372. Letters of Paul - writing letters


Who has ever written a letter? Who has ever received a letter?

What sort of letters were they?

Show a few examples of letters to the children:

- a love letter
- an instruction letter
- a thank you letter
- a reminder of an unpaid bill
- a long letter full of stories

Paul wrote letters to the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians, and to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon. Some scholars believe he also wrote the letter to the Hebrews.

What sort of letter are they do you think?

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Themes: 

Letters in the New Testament, The Pauline epistles, Epistles of Paul, or Letters of Paul,

Setting:

Children's Sunday School, Sunday school lesson, children's ministry, kid's time, children's moment in church, Messy church, youth work