How to make a stick drawing magically come to life this Easter


You can create a magical moment by bringing a stick figure to life.

This is ideal for when you do a talk about:

Easter
As a visual demonstration of the resurrection of Jesus and being alive in Christ! 
"But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ."  (Ephesians 2:5)

bringing a stick drawing to life with water

 

Watch the two video's below to discover how you use this great object lesson!




Fun crafts idea

Of course you can also use it as a fun crafts idea, as shown in the video below!

How does it work?

As you can see in the videa all you need is a whiteboard marker and a flat, shiny surface. Use a whiteboard marker to draw a stick figure on a flat, shiny surface and drop a little water on it. Then you'll see the drawing slowly lift off the surface and become one with the watery bubble.

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This is because the ink in a whiteboard marker, unlike a permanent marker, includes an oily silicone substance. Because oil sits on top of water so does this ink, which will also move as the puddle moves. By gently blowing on the puddle the stick figure will swish and dance around according to which way you blow on it.

The final product may look like an intricate optical illusion, but the stick figure comes to life thanks to only a whiteboard marker, some water and a shiny surface.

Themes:

The resurrection of Christ, being made alive in Christ

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Join the new Facebook group 'Creative Kids Ministry' 

As someone who is involved in children's ministry you're always looking for creative ideas and input, and perhaps also a place where you can ask for a specific idea to go with a certain Bible story or theme.

To help you in this we have set up the Facebook group 'Creative Kids Ministry'. It is a vibrant online community of children's workers and ministers who can share ideas together. 

To facilitate this we will offer you lots of totally free creative ideas for your kids ministry, Sunday school and children’s work. Every week you’ll find here at least three excellent creative Biblical ideas such as object lessons, cool science experiments, gospel magic ideas, YouTube video’s, etc.

And of course you are more than welcome to post your own ideas!

You can join us by clicking this button. 

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Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:3, Colossians 1:16, Genesis 1:1-31, Revelation 4:11, Genesis 2:7, John 1:1-3, Exodus 20:11, Genesis 1:24-25, Job 12:7-9, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 1:1, Romans 1:20, Psalm 33:6,2 Peter 3:5, Job 37:5, Revelation 14:6-7, Job 33:4, Hebrews 1:10, Isaiah 42:5, Genesis 1:20, Jeremiah 10:12, Genesis 1
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

548. Craft activity – a row of disciples


A fun and easy to do craft to finish this Sunday school lesson on following Jesus!

Jesus calls Peter and the others to become fishers of men. From now on they will be making lots of disciples, all people who are also going to follow Jesus.


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547. Game – Balloon crab!


A fun game to finish this Sunday school lesson on following Jesus!

Jesus called his disciples to become fishers of men. They were to bring people home to God.

Today we’re going to bring home something completely different – balloons!

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546. Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter


Use the video 'Chicken or the egg' to talk about following Jesus

A pig is sitting in a restaurant eating loads of eggs. He is addicted to eating eggs. Then suddenly the love of his life comes into the restaurant…and it is a chicken. Pig realises that if he wants to be with Chicken, he won’t be able to eat any more eggs, but only eat corn.

He manages to keep this up for a while, but then his longing for eggs becomes too strong! He sees them everywhere. In the middle of the night he gets out of bed to go to his favourite restaurant and order a plate of eggs. But just as he is going to take the first bite, he thinks of Chicken and his love for her.

chicken or egg

As morning breaks we see Pig bringing Chicken a lovely plate of corn for breakfast in bed.

Why does this film go with today’s Bible story?

In the Bible story Jesus calls the disciples to follow Him. Just as Pig did, they had to leave something behind out of love for the other person – for them it was their job, their security, looking after their families. They left behind everything that was important to them in order to follow Jesus.

It’s not easy to leave behind something that you love. That’s what this film and the subsequent activity is all about.

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

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545. A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish


How do I tell the story myself? – draw the story together, with a surprise ending!

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What do you need: 

- a few sheets of paper per child
- a pen and a tea light for each child
- brushes and blue water paint

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

What to do:

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544. Ice breaker – catch the balloon with your funnel


Use ice breakers to introduce the theme of your programme in a fun way.

Tell the children that today we’re going to look at the story of Simon Peter who was a fisherman but had caught nothing. Not even a single fish…..

Are you good at catching?

balloons

What do you need: 

- a few blown up balloons
- a few funnels

Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

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543. Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?


An creative idea for a kids moment

This can be used as a short introduction to the Bible story you are going to tell.

Preparation:

Invite two or three people from the church to come and tell the children a little bit about their work.
They could also bring something that they use in their work and see if the children can guess what they do.

job

Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

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542. Introductory game – seek the fish!


An idea that kids as they come in...

This is an idea that children can be doing before the programme has actually started, as they come in.

You can use it for example with the story of Peter who has been fishing all night and hasn’t caught anything. The following day Jesus helps him to catch lots of fish and even calls him to become a fisher of men.

papier vis

Theme:

Fishers of men, come follow me, the calling of disciples, miraculous catch of fish, calling of Peter

What do you need:

- 12 cut-out fishes
- pen
- felt pens of coloured pencils
- a strip of paper for each child

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the calling of the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish.

Idea 542.    Introductory game – seek the fish!
Idea 543.    Children’s moment / introduction: what is your job?
Idea 544.    Catch the balloon with your funnelatch the balloon with your funnel
Idea 545.    A fun way to tell the story of the miraculous catch of fish
Idea 546.    Creative activity / YouTube video - the calling of Peter
Idea 547.    Game – balloon crab!
Idea 548.    Craft activity – a row of disciples

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539. Learning to look with Gods eyes - is it a duck or a rabbit?


An object lesson to teach kids, youth and adults about looking at things through God's eyes

Do you know this optical illusion? It is a rabbit or a duck? Depends how you turn the picture. This optical illusion can be used as a short introduction to any Bible story in which Jesus or God acts completely different than expected!

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What do you need:

A4 print out of the duck/rabbit illustration ( 6MB) download: duck_rabbit_magic_care.jpg

 

 duck rabbit magic care screen     

   

     duck

This illustration is special – if you hold it horizontally you’ll see a rabbit, and if you hold it vertically you’ll see a duck.

You show the kids the rabbit and ask them what they see - a rabbit!

Sometimes we can be so sure of ourselves. We think we know the truth and that we always see the truth, but sometimes God looks at things in a completely different way! 

Turn the rabbit ninety degrees and it becomes a duck! 

Today we are going to hear a Bible story in which God / Jesus acts completely different than expected! 

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Join the new Facebook group 'Creative Kids Ministry' 

As someone who is involved in children's ministry you're always looking for creative ideas and input, and perhaps also a place where you can ask for a specific idea to go with a certain Bible story or theme.

To help you in this we have set up the Facebook group 'Creative Kids Ministry'. It is a vibrant online community of children's workers and ministers who can share ideas together. 

To facilitate this we will offer you lots of totally free creative ideas for your kids ministry, Sunday school and children’s work. Every week you’ll find here at least three excellent creative Biblical ideas such as object lessons, cool science experiments, gospel magic ideas, YouTube video’s, etc.

And of course you are more than welcome to post your own ideas!

You can join us by clicking this button. 

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538. The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea


This is a nice symbolic way of helping children to bring their friends to Jesus in prayer.

Using the story of the four friends who lowered their paralysed friend through the roof of a house, we are going to bring our friends to Jesus. Through the roof? Curious?!

prayer square

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- four long wooden strips
- post-it notes
- felt pens or biros

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
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dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

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537. Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!


How careful can we lower our paralyzed friend to Jesus?

The four friends have to work together to help the paralysed man get into the house through the roof. They had to lower him down very carefully at Jesus’ feet. Very carefully, so that nothing gets broken!
This game is a fun way of encouraging children to work together..

broken egg

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- an egg (hardboiled or not!!)
- a plastic bag
- string
- an A4 piece of paper
- an elastic band
- glue
- cellotape
- empty toilet rolls

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

The game:

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536. Create your own story sticks - a craft activity


Create your own story sticks so you can tell the story of the paralyzed man

If you have used the four ‘story sticks’ to tell the story of the paralysed man, then it’s a great idea to have the children make their own story sticks so they can practice telling the story at home.

You can do this with strips of cardboard and lolly sticks, or wooden sticks with small nuts and bolts. Wooden lolly sticks work well too – if you make holes in them beforehand the children can make them with split pens.

story sticks 1

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

What do you need for each child:

- four strips of card and three split pens OR wooden lolly sticks and split pens OR…
- four thin pieces of wood, and nuts and bolts.

Method:

Attach the four strips of card or wood together in the following way.

create sticks

When the children have done this (they can of course decorate them before putting them together), they can practice telling the story. Here you can see most of the forms that you need to make to tell the story:

story sticks

 


Fig. 1 The legs of the paralysed man

 


Fig. 2 The window of the house where Jesus was

 

Fig. 3 The paralysed man’s bed, or the flat roof of the house

 


Fig. 4 The house where Jesus was

 


Fig. 5 The stairs behind the house

 


Fig. 6  The letter M for the paralyzes Man or maybe his name Mark / Matthew

 


Fig. 7 The letter W to express the frustration of the Pharisees saying: "What?!"

 

 

It’s also fun to help the children practise the numbers 1 – 4.

 

 

 

535. Make a body - a fun indoor game!


Four friends don't give up in trying to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus

The four friends didn’t give up. Whatever happened, they were determined to reach their goal. 

This game is about the children reaching their goal.

blindfolded children

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- blindfolds

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

The game:

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534. Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!


Four friends don't give up in trying to get their paralyzed friend to Jesus

The four friends didn’t give up. Whatever happened, they were determined to reach their goal. 

This game is about the children reaching their goal.

pingpong bal

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- a table
- two shoe boxes
- two thick milkshake straws
- pingpong balls (table tennis balls)

The game:

Split the children up into teams of two to four children.

Put the shoe boxes on their sides as goals at each end of the table. Each time two different teams can play against each other.

Give each child a straw. Each child has to try to blow the pingpong ball into the goal of the opposition, at the other end of the table. They aren’t allowed to touch the ball with their hands. If the ball rolls off the table, the opposition can put it back into the game.

Decide beforehand how long the game is going to last, and the team with the most goals in that time is the winner.

After the game you can talk with the children about goals. It’s not always easy to reach goals.

Questions:

Which goals do the children have?
What are they doing to reach their goal?
Is that easy or hard?
How will you feel once you have reached your goal?

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

533. Creative activity - It’s hard working together!


The friends in this story had to work well together in order to make sure that the paralysed man could get to see Jesus.

It’s not always easy to work together. It can be hard for adults, but equally so for children. You can use the statements below to talk about this with the children.

rood groene kaart

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

- a red and green card for each child.

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

What to do:

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532. Never without my denture


With the help of a secular YouTube film you can explore the story of the paralysed man

This YouTube film shows four elderly people in a search for the remote control of their television which has been confiscated.

Never without my denture


It’s easy to find a link between this story and the Bible story in which four friends had to work together to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus.

Themes:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof

Important question:

It’s important to watch the video yourself first and to decide if you want to show it to the children? Does it fit within your context and the age of the children?

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

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531. Bubble fight - a cool science experiment

 
A fun experiment about the story of the man through the roof

The four friends in the story lowered the paralysed man through the roof. Then, when he is lying on the ground it doesn’t look as if anything is happening. Jesus says to him, ‘Your sins are forgiven’. But you can’t see that, and the man is still paralysed. Then the visible miracle happens – he sits up, stands up and starts walking.

This is a very easy experiment you can do with the children to illustrate this. 

glas maiskorrels

What do you need:

- a glass of water
- carbonated (fizzy) water
- some sweetcorn
- a few raisins

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

What to do:

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530. Is it a duck or a rabbit?


Children’s moment in church  / short introduction to your program: 

This optical illusion can be used as a short introduction to the Bible story of the paralysed man or many other Bible stories in which Jesus sees things differently to the people around him.

Theme:

The paralyzed man healed by Jesus, the story of the man through the roof 

What do you need:

A4 print out of the duck/rabbit illustration -  duck_rabbit_magic_care.jpg

 

 duck rabbit magic care screen     

   

     duck

This illustration is special – if you hold it horizontally you’ll see a rabbit, and if you hold it vertically you’ll see a duck.

A complete programme for your Sunday school

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school / kids ministry programme about the story of the man lowered through the roof.

Idea 529.    How to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralyzed man with four pieces of cardboard
Idea 530.    Is it a duck or a rabbit? - an objectlesson
Idea 531.    Bubble fight - a cool science experiment
Idea 532.    Never without my denture - a YouTube video
I
dea 533.    It’s hard working together! - a creative way to have a group discussion
Idea 534.    Reaching your goal - a fun indoor game!
Idea 535.    Make a body - a fun indoor game!
Idea 536.    Create your own story sticks - a craft activity
Idea 537.    Make a parachute for the egg - a fun indoor game!
Idea 538.    The fifth friend in the story - a creative prayer idea

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519. The story of Job and his unfornate wife – a Gospel Magic routine


Did you know that you can use a candle to make salt appear out of nowhere?

This is a fun object lesson / Gospel magic routine by Rick Lenski based on the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick.  If you have never see this trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video here. You can buy this magic trick here through Amazon.

Rick Lenski has created a routine on the Bible story of Lot in Genesis 19. It looks at Lot's family being the light in Sodom. 

"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name." - Psalm 91: 14

salt pillar

What do you need?

- the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick
- matches

The object lesson / the routine

The Lord and two angels made a visit to Abraham.  It was during this visit that Abraham was told of the future birth of his son Isaac.  He was also told about the impending destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Not only would the cities be destroyed, but Abraham’s relatives would be killed too. 

Abraham had to plead for their lives.  He had to intervene, so he asked the Lord if he would spare the city if fifty righteous people were found in it.  God said, yes He would indeed spare the city for fifty righteous people.  Abraham continued, how about forty-five?  how about forty? Then he got to thirty, then twenty and finally ten. 

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518. Is being the light of the world the same as being the salt of the earth?


Being the light and the salt of the earth – a Gospel Magic routine

Did you know that you can use a candle to make salt appear out of nowhere? It is called the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick and it is very easy to do!

If you have never seen the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video below.

You can buy this magic trick here through Amazon.


Needed:

- the Visible Candle to Salt magic trick
- an empty salt shaker

candle

The object lesson / the routine

Jesus tells his disciples that they are the light of the world.

Light the candle

Read the text aloud: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 14 – 16)

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517. The wise men come to worship the King – a Gospel Magic routine


This object lesson can be used to tell the Christmas story or to introduce a lesson on the wise men.

This is a fun object lesson / Gospel magic routine by Rick Lenski based on the Silk Blow Magic Trick. If you have never see this trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video below. You can buy this magic trick here through Ebay and here through Amazon. 

 

This object lesson can be used in conjunction with other material to tell the Christmas story or to introduce a lesson on the wise men.

“On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.”  (Matthew 2:11)

What do you need?

- a trick called “Silk Blow” 
- three 9" or 12" silks

silks

Set-up

This trick is purchased without the silks - you have to buy them separately.  It is a clear tube, and you put the silks into one at a time. You blow on one end of the tube and they come out the other end tied together. No special setup required, just follow the instructions on the trick.

The object lesson / the routine

We often see three wise men or Magi when we see a nativity scene but the bible never specifically said there were three.  We really don’t know how many there were.  We will use these three pieces of cloth to represent the wise men, no matter how many there were.  What we do know about them is that they were lead from a land in the east by a star.  They came to Jerusalem and asked King Herod, “Where is the one born King of the Jews?” 

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515. The Good Samaritan and the Square Circle trick


God will give back to you more, much more, than you could ever give to Him

This is a fun object lesson / Gospel magic routine by Rick Lenski based on the Square Circle Magic Trick. If you have never see this trick in action, you can watch a random demonstration video below. You can buy this magic trick here through Ebay and here through Amazon. 

In this idea we will use the Square Circle Magic Trick (or a change bag) to look at the story of the Good Samaritan and the theme of sharing.

“Give and it will be given to you, a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38 & Luke 10:30-37)

Needed: 

- Square circle magic trick or a change bag
- one small bag of M&M candy 
- one large bag of M&M candy

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The size or the square circle or change bag you will be using will determine the size of the large bag of candy. 

Note: I combine the above verses to teach our class about sharing (giving and receiving).  After reading the story about the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) and the verse in Luke 6:38, we use the following message to reinforce the lesson.

The object lesson

At this time the square circle is put out for use.

Everybody likes candy.  I do. This is my candy store, but there is one small problem with it.  It’s empty!  But don’t fear, here comes my delivery truck. 

Bring the insert for the square circle, with both bags of candy inside, and put it into the square and produce the small bag of bag of candy.

Now we have a candy store filled with candy and an empty delivery truck. 

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503. How to make a stick drawing magically come to life


You can create a magical moment by bringing a stick figure to life.

This is ideal for when you do a talk about:

Easter
As a visual demonstration of the resurrection of Jesus!

Creation 
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2: 7)

bringing a stick drawing to life with water

The raising of Lazarus  
Rrecounted in the Gospel of John (John 11:1-44), a miracle of Jesus in which Jesus brings Lazarus of Bethany back to life four days after his burial.

The raising of the son of the widow of Nain
Recorded in the Gospel of Luke. Jesus arrived at the village of Nain during the burial ceremony of the son of a widow, and raised the young man from the dead. (Luke 7:11–17)

Being alive in Christ 
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ  (Ephesians 2:5)

Watch the two video's below to discover how you use this great object lesson!




Fun crafts idea

Of course you can also use it as a fun crafts idea, as shown in the video below!

How does it work?

As you can see in the videa all you need is a whiteboard marker and a flat, shiny surface. Use a whiteboard marker to draw a stick figure on a flat, shiny surface and drop a little water on it. Then you'll see the drawing slowly lift off the surface and become one with the watery bubble.

This is because the ink in a whiteboard marker, unlike a permanent marker, includes an oily silicone substance. Because oil sits on top of water so does this ink, which will also move as the puddle moves. By gently blowing on the puddle the stick figure will swish and dance around according to which way you blow on it.

The final product may look like an intricate optical illusion, but the stick figure comes to life thanks to only a whiteboard marker, some water and a shiny surface.

Themes:

The resurrection of Christ, raising of Lazarus, the resurrecrtion of Lazarus, the raising of the widow's son, creation of mankind, being made alive in Christ

 

Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:3, Colossians 1:16, Genesis 1:1-31, Revelation 4:11, Genesis 2:7, John 1:1-3, Exodus 20:11, Genesis 1:24-25, Job 12:7-9, Genesis 1:26, Genesis 1:1, Romans 1:20, Psalm 33:6,2 Peter 3:5, Job 37:5, Revelation 14:6-7, Job 33:4, Hebrews 1:10, Isaiah 42:5, Genesis 1:20, Jeremiah 10:12, Genesis 1
You can use this idea in a: Children's Sunday School, children's ministry, kids ministry, children's work, Messy church, school assemblies, RE lessons, small churches , youth work, youth group. teenagers

502. How to make a marble run


A craft idea that will especially appeal to boys, although girls will enjoy it too

In the course of giving my children’s shows I come across the best creative ideas! I really want to share this one with you.

This is a craft idea that will especially appeal to boys, although girls will enjoy it too.

marble run 1

Themes:

For which Bible stories or themes could you use this craft idea?

- Think about the story of Jacob who saw a ladder going up to heaven. Or stories that have a building theme.

Or what about stories where water plays an important role? Then if you use blue marbles, they can represent the flowing water.

You could also use it at Christmas because of the angels who came from heaven, or as a picture of Jesus who came down from heaven. 

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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

496. Even people who are touched by Peter’s shadow are being healed - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel balls about how Peter and the apostles were so on fire for God that God did many miracles

In Acts 5: 12 - 17 we read: “The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. No one else dared join them, even though they were highly regarded by the people. Nevertheless, more and more men and women believed in the Lord and were added to their number. As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by. Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by impure spirits, and all of them were healed.”



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate the enormous power of the Spirit working through the apostles in the early days of the church.

Themes:

Peter’s shadow, signs and wonders, early church, power of the Spirit, healing, deliverance

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You can download a complete worksheet which will help you to do the object lesson and teach on God’s power working through the apostles in the early church within your Sunday school lesson or kids 

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Scripture reference: Acts 5: 12 - 17
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, kids church, kids ministry, kids moment, 

495. Being filled with the Holy Spirit - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads about how we as Christians can be on fire for God by being filled by the Holy Spirit. 

In Ephesians 5:18 Paul writes: “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.” 



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate to children that we as Christians can be on fire for God by asking Him to fill us with His Spirit.

Themes:

The coming of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, being filled with the Spirit, the power of the Spirit

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You can download a complete worksheet which will help you to do the object lesson and teach on being filled with the Holy Spirit within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

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Scripture reference: Ephesians 5:18
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

494. Waiting for the Holy Spirit at Pentecost - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads about the disciples waiting in the Upper Room for the Holy Spirit to come at Pentecost

In Acts 2: 1 - 4 we read: “When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” 



In this object lesson we’re going to use hydrogel beads and a hot frying pan to demonstrate to children what happened at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon them.

Themes:

The coming of the Holy Spirit, Pentecost, being filled with the Spirit, the power of the Spirit

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You can download a complete worksheet which will help you to do the object lesson and teach on the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry.

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Scripture reference: Acts 2: 1 - 4
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

488. Paul confronts Peter about being a hypocrite - an object lesson


A cool science experiment with hydrogel beads on the division between Paul and Peter in Galatians 2: 11 - 19

In Galatians 2: 11 -19 we read about an argument between Paul and Peter. Normally when Peter was in Antioch he used to eat together with the non-Jewish Christian. But when some important Jewish Christians arrive from Jerusalem he stops eating with them. He’s afraid of their reaction. It’s interesting to see that Peter seems to fall into the same mistake he made when he disowned Jesus. Out of fear for other people he suddenly behaves as if he doesn’t know those Gentile / non-Jewish Christians. Paul thinks he is a hypocrite and tells Peter off. 


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

- What is being hypocritical?
- Do you think Peter is being hypocritical by not eating with the non-Jewish Christians?
- Do you know another Bible story where Peter is afraid and acts if he doesn’t know someone?
- Why would Peter do this?
- Have you ever been hypocritical?
- Have you ever been afraid of a group that made you behave differently?
- Do you think Paul was right or wrong to tell Peter off?
- How do think Peter responded when Paul told him off?
- How do you respond when someone tells you off?

This object lesson will really help you address this fascinating Bible story within your Sunday school lesson or kids ministry..

Themes:

Paul and Peter, Paul confronts Peter, do Gentile Christians belong to the church, being a hypocrite, Peter is afraid, Peter disowns, telling someone off,

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

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Scripture reference: Galatians 2: 11 -19
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

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

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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

452. Living like Christ - Everyone is more important, and...


...no one is more important than you

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.

Chocolate Coins kids ministry Philippians

This activity consists of two parts.

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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

451. Living like Christ - Looking at Jesus


Let's make two lists about Jesus

In Philippians 2:1 – 11 Paul writes that we should take Jesus as our example and look to him.

binocular looking at Jesus kids ministry philippians

Together with the children, make a list of what they see when they look at Jesus.

Then make another list with the children of how Paul looks at Jesus in this part of Philippians 2.

What differences and similarities do the children notice in the two lists?

What do you need:

- 2 A3 pieces of paper, and pens

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. Living like Christ - The parachute game


Being one, but also being different

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?

Put the children in a large circle and get them to all hold on to a large parachute. Practise raising and lowering the parachute together.

parachute game kids ministry

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2: 2
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448. Living like Christ - Jesus is number One


If you could make a medal of honour for Jesus, what would it look like?

Read the above Bible text from the letter to the Philippians together. This is special! In the first few verses we read that Jesus humbled himself, and in the last few verses we can read that because of that, God exalted him, or raised him up. Even the angels look up to Jesus. Everyone knows – he is number one.

number one sunday school kids ministry

For older children – read verse nine again: ‘For this reason God raised him to the highest place above and gave him the name that is greater than any other name.’ (Good news translation). For what reason? What did Jesus do?

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Scripture reference: Philipians 2: 5 - 11
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447. Living like Christ - Let's shoot the ping pong ball


How do we stay humble? 

Put the bottles on the floor in a mixed pattern of taller/shorter bottles, and put a ping pong ball on the top of each one. Paul says that we shouldn’t think that we are more important than other people, and think of ourselves as better than them. Some of these bottles think they are more important than the others – they are the taller ones. See if you can shoot them down!!

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Talk together. How do you notice if someone thinks they are more important than others? How can you stay humble? What happens when everyone thinks others are more important than themselves? 

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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

446. Living like Christ - Decorating a mirror


Who is your example?

Paul, who wrote this letter, said that we should try to imitate Jesus, to mirror what he did. When you look in a mirror, you often check if your hair’s looking alright. You might check that you’ve not got any food round your mouth, or a dirty nose. You want to check that everything’s ok. Paul says in his letter that if you want to live a good life, the best thing you can do is to look at Jesus and see how he lived and what he did.

mirror

People often take other people as an example. I want to be like him or her. Who is your example? Your parents, perhaps, or a pop star? Can someone be a bad example to follow? If you listen to what Paul says about Jesus, do you think he would be a good example?

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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

445. Living like Christ - Christ emptied Himself


What if Jesus had thought he was more important than other people?

How would the story of Jesus have turned out if he hadn’t found others more important than himself? Paul tells us that we should follow his example. He didn’t consider himself more important than others, but was prepared to do things that the ‘important’ people mostly wouldn’t have done. He made himself unimportant.

What do you need:

- three printed pictures:

The birth of Jesus
Jesus washing the feet of the disciples
Jesus carrying the cross

- Empty A4 sheets of paper
- crayons or felt pens

Birth of Jesus

Jesus washes feet

Jesus carries the cross

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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. Living like Christ - Mirroring one other


Be a imitator of Christ

Paul challenges the Christians in Philippi to mirror (or imitate) Jesus.

mirroring sunday school christ like kids ministry

But mirroring someone else is actually quite hard. To find out how hard it can be, ask two children to stand facing each other.

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
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443. Living like Christ - Mission Possible

You can do this...

Philippians 2: 4  ‘And look out for one another's interests, not just for your own’

caring for others sunday school kids ministry hands heart

Paul says that we shouldn’t think only of ourselves but also of others. Let’s make this practical straight away.

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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. Living like Christ - Look at how well I can boast!


Don't think that you are better than someone else

Paul writes in Philippians 2:2 that we have fellowship with each other through the Spirit. 

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.’.

Victory podium
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.

What do you need:

Red and green cards

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Scripture reference: Philippians 2:2
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441. Living like Christ - Fellowship in the Spirit


How can we make this fellowship visible?

Paul writes in Philippians 2:2 that we have fellowship with each other through the Spirit. 

ball of woll

What do you need:

- a large ball of wool

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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