Object lesson: ‘Listening to God’s word’


A very simple object lesson with a large impact…

This is a really enjoyable and simple object lesson that you can use to visually demonstrate to children how people listen to God’s word, and how we can best listen to Gods word.

It is ideal for a children’s moment in church, for using in the classroom or in a Sunday school programme. You can also use this idea to talk to the children about the importance of the Bible and Bible study.

This idea can be combined with a Bible lesson about the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:1-23, Mark 4:1-20 and Luke 8: 4-15. It is also fairly simple to link it to the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5: 22 – 23.

Listening to Gods word fun object lesson on how we listen to the Bible for Sunday school lesson Bible lesson Kidmin VBS youth ministry childrens church kids ministry childrens ministry

What do you need:

- a bottle of water
- a bucket
- a funnel
- a sieve
- a large sponge

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Experiment - Jesus is alive: ‘Bring your drawing to life’


A fun science experiment that will surprise you!

In this ‘magical’ experiment we can bring our drawings to life. This has to be seen to be believed. Watch the two videos below and all will become clear.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 24: 1 - 12.

This cool science experiment will help the children in your Sunday school lesson, youth ministry, Bible lesson, VBS, kidmin, children’s church or children’s ministry to reflect on this powerful Bible passage.

Bring your drwawing to life an Easter science experiment on the resurrection of Jesus for Sunday school lessons childrens ministry youth ministry kidmin and VBS

What do you need (for each child):

- a proper plate (not a plastic one)
- whiteboard or dry erase markers
- water
- a straw

Preparation: 

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Object lesson - Jesus is alive: ‘Faith can grow’


A fun object lesson on the story of the resurrection 

When the women arrive at the grave and find it empty, they have no expecations. Can they really trust what the angels said? They ended up bursting to tell the other disciples the news.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 24: 1 - 12.

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

Faith can grow an Easter creative activity on the resurrection of Jesus for Sunday school lessons childrens ministry youth ministry kidmin and VBS

What do you need:

- balloons

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Icebreaker - Jesus is alive: ‘Hey, what can I smell?’


A fun, interative way to introduce the story of the resurrection 

Early on the third day, the women went to the grave bringing with them the special spices they had prepared for Jesus' body. Can the children smell what they are?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 24: 1 - 12.

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

What can I smell an Easter icebreaker on the resurrection of Jesus for Sunday school lessons childrens ministry youth ministry kidmin and VBS

What do you need:

- a blindfold
- containers with different smelling spices and fruits: a vanilla pod, cinnamon stick, star anise, lemon or orange peel; any others you can think of and have in your kitchen.

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Object lesson - Jesus is alive: ‘You can't get around it!’


A fun, interative way to introduce the story of the resurrection 

This idea provides a great introduction to the Biblical story of the resurrection.  

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 24: 1 - 12.

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

You cannot get around it an Easter childrens moment on the resurrection of Jesus for Sunday school lessons childrens ministry youth ministry kidmin and VBS

What do you need:

- tape measures

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Object lesson - Jesus on the cross: ‘Do not weep for me, weep for yourselves’


A light hearted way to introduce a discussion on this difficult text

On the road to Golgotha there are women standing crying. Jesus tells them not to cry for him, but for themselves, for Jerusalem. Jesus knows that in forty years the whole of Jerusalem will be destroyed and many people will lose their lives.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23:26-56. 

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

Do nog weep for me weep for yourselves a creative Easter idea for Sunday school lesson childrens ministry VBS kidmin youth ministry and childrens church

What do you need:

- balloons
- sticky tape

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Experiment - Jesus on the cross: ‘The dying flame that raises up the water’


A cool science experiment about the Easter story 

A simple but powerful experiment that you can use to demonstrate the power of the gospel and the death of Jesus.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23:26-56. 

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

The dying flame that lifts up the water an Easter science experiment for Sunday school lesson childrens ministry VBS kidmin youth ministry and childrens church

What do you need:

- a shallow dish
- water
- colouring
- a vase
- a tea light candle

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Object lesson - Jesus on the cross: ‘The blot on the painting’


A fun children's moment about the Easter story 

A fun children's moment to introduce today's story on Jesus dying on the cross. 

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23:26-56. 

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

The blot on the painting an Easter childrens moment for Sunday school lesson childrens ministry VBS kidmin youth ministry and childrens church

What do you need:

- an artist’s easel
- a painting canvas or a large piece of paper
- paint and brushes

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Object lesson - Abram and Lot: ‘How much space do we need?’


A creative activity about the Bible story of Abram and Lot separating

Abram and Lot can’t both stay where they are. There is too little space. How can they best solve this? Abram and Lot choose to separate. Was there also maybe a better solution?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story in Genesis 13: 1 - 18

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

How much space do we need creative activity about Bible story Abram Lot separating Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

What do you need:

- chalk

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Experiment - Abram and Lot:´The never ending bar of chocolate’


A tasty science experiment about Abram and Lot

Abram and Lot have to share. Sharing fairly can be very difficult. You can end up with the feeling that one person wins and the other loses. There are no losers in this experiment with the never ending bar of chocolate! You even win an extra piece of chocolate – or does it only seem that way?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story in Genesis 13: 1 - 18

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

Never ending chocolate bar science experiment about Bible story Abram Lot separating Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

What do you need:

- bars of chocolate - 6 x 4 pieces
- chopping board
- knife

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Object lesson - Jesus is arrested: ‘Who does Pontius Pilate listen to?


A creative activity about the Easter story 

Pilate quickly comes to the conclusion that Jesus is innocent. But the people keep on shouting out for him to be crucified. Who does he listen to? Does he listen to the people, or his heart?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23: 1 - 25. 

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

Who does Pilate listen to creative activity about Easter Bible story Jesus is crucied cross for Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

What do you need:

- worksheets that you can download below
- sticky post-it notes
- pens

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Object lesson - Jesus is arrested: ‘What kind of King is Jesus?’


A creative activity about the Easter story 

Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” Pilate doesn’t know what sort of King Jesus is. If he really is a king, he is a very different sort of king to the Emperor in Rome or King Herod. Jesus is also very different to the kings in our modern day world. What sort of king is Jesus?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23: 1 - 25. 

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

What kind of king is Jeus creative activity about Easter Bible story Jesus is crucied cross for Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

What do you need:

- worksheets that you can download below
- sticky post-it notes
- pens

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Object lesson - Jesus is arrested: ‘Sour milk’


A fun children's moment about the Easter story 

It’s all going sour in today's Bible story. All the people who at first were so happy that Jesus was healing them and feeding them, are now sour and angry. They want Jesus to be crucified.

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 23: 1 - 25. 

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

Sour Milk fun childrens moment about Easter Bible story Jesus is crucied cross for Sunday school lesson VBS youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church kidmin

What do you need:

- two glasses
- some normal milk that has not been in the fridge for a few days and has gone off
- a pack of long-life milk
- a bucket
- a bottle of water

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Object lesson - Abram and Lot: ‘Share and share alike’


A fun children's moment about Abram and Lot's servants conflict

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Bible story of Abram and Lot separating in Genesis 13: 1 - 18. 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.

Share and share alike fun childrens moment about Bible story Abram and Lot separate for Sunday school lesson youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church


A short introduction to the story of Lot and Abram’s shepherds, who argued because there wasn’t enough food to feed their animals.

What do you need:

- three pairs of objects that you can give away - for example two pencils, two pairs of socks and two apples. Make sure that one of each pair is new and beautiful, and that the other half of each pair is used and scruffy.

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Object lesson - Jesus in Gethsemane: ‘Alone in the world’


A children's moment about Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on the Easter Bible story in Luke 22: 39 – 71. The disciples who fall asleep and Peter who disowns Jesus three times.

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

Alone in the world childrens moment about Easter Bible story Jesus praying in garden Gethsemane for Sunday school lesson youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church


A children’s moment about Jesus feeling all alone while he is praying in the garden of Gethsemane and his disciples are all fast asleep.

What do you need:

- a copy of the book ‘Alone in the world’ by Hector Malot, or another book

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Object lesson - Joseph forgives his brothers: ‘A turning windmill’


A short introduction to the Bible story where Joseph makes himself known to his brothers

A Turning Windmill Use this fun childrens moment where Joseph makes himself known to his brothers. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or

What do you need:

- a children’s windmill

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Object lesson - Joseph meets his brothers: ‘That takes the biscuit!’


A fun creative activity to reflect on the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers for the first time in Egypt.

It seems that Joseph is taking revenge on his brothers. He sends them to prison for three days, imprisons his brother Simeon for longer, and makes life very difficult for them. You might say ‘what goes around comes around’ – but taking revenge does far more harm than good.

That takes the biscuit a creative activity on Joseph meeting his brothers in Egypt. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- biscuits, nice ones, enough for every child
- 2 strong transparent plastic bags with a seal
- a hammer

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Object lesson - Joseph meets his brothers: ‘The brothers are left in the dark’


A fun creative activity to reflect on the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers for the first time in Egypt.

Joseph leaves his brothers in the dark. They have no idea what is going on, and who they are dealing with. They don’t know where to look. Do you?

The brothers of Joseph a creative activity on Joseph meeting his brothers in Egypt. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- a large box with two holes in it
- objects that can be recognized by touch

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Object lesson - Joseph meets his brothers: ‘Do you recognise that?’


A short introduction to the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers for the first time in Egypt.

Do you recognize that use this fun childrens moment to talk about the Bible story of Joseph meetings his brothers in Egypt for the first time. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you do:

Preparation:

Beforehand, record the voices of a few people in the church/children’s club on your mobile phone.

What do you do:

Invite the children to come to the front (if you’re in a church service).

Tell the children – today we’re going to hear in the Bible story that Joseph’s brothers see him after twenty years have passed, and do you know what? They don’t recognise him. He looks completely different, and speaks a different language.

I wonder how good you are at recognising people. I’ve recorded the voices of a few people from the church (or club) – see if you can recognise who it is. If not, you can always ask the adults to help!

Play the recordings one by one and ask the children whose voice it it.

Tell the children: Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s really hard to recognise someone when you can only hear their voice. In the Bible story today Joseph recognises his brothers straight away. But even Benjamin, his favourite brother, doesn’t recognise him. Strange, isn’t it?

Let’s listen to the story.

 

Object lesson - Joseph and Pharaoh: ‘I feel like apple pie!’


Use this children's moment to teach about Joseph explaining the two dreams to the pharaoh

You could use this for a children’s moment in the church service, or as an introduction to your children’s programme.

A fun introduction to the Bible story for all ages!

I feel like apple pie use this fun childrens moment to talk about the Bible story of Joseph interpreting pharaohs dreams. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens churc

What do you need:

- an apple pip
- a flowerpot filled with earth

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Object lesson - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘A reflecting mirror’


Use this creative activity to think about Joseph's relationship with Potiphar

Joseph is just an ordinary slave in Potifars household, but if you read the story well in the Bible, you will see that Potifar understood that the Lord was with Joseph, and was helping him. Joseph was a sort of mirror for Potifar.


A reflecting mirror use this creative activity to think about the Bible story of Josephs relationship with Potiphar

 

What do you need:

- a mirror
- printed out worksheets of the mirror that you can download below!
- felt pens /coloured pencils /paint

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Object lesson - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘The longest chain in the world’


Use this creative activity to think about Joseph's time in prison

Joseph is sent straight to prison. But even in prison Joseph knows this: “God is always with me, even here in prison. I can never be separated from God.”Joseph is sent straight to prison. But even in prison Joseph knows this: “God is always with me, even here in prison. I can never be separated from God.”


The longest chain in the world use this creative activity to think about the Bible story of Joseph in the prison in Egypt. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

 

What do you need:

- many sheets of different coloured A4 paper
- staplers and/or cellotape
- pairs of scissors

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Object lesson - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘The layers of an onion’


Use this children's moment to teach about Joseph losing his coat not only when his brothers sell him as a slave, but also with Potiphar's wife. 

You could use this for a children’s moment in the church service, or as an introduction to your children’s programme.

A fun introduction to the Bible story for all ages, that is also a real tearjerker! :-)

The layers of an onion a childrens moment in church about the Bible story of Joseph and the wife of potiphar

What do you need:

- an onion
- a knife
- a rubbish bin

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Object lesson - Joseph in the well: ‘What are you worth?’


Use this creative activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Joseph was sold for twenty pieces of silver. Many hundreds of years later Jezus was sold out for thirty pieces of silver. But are we worth more than that money?

 

What are you worth a creative activity for Sunday school or kids church about the Bible story of Jospeh and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- a piece of soap, a nail, a bottle of water, a box of matches, a few pencils, a kilo of sugar and a salt shaker.

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Experiment - Joseph in the well: ‘Colours that run together’


Use this science experiment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What used to be a beautiful multi-coloured coat became a ragged dirty coat smeared with goats blood. What used to be so beautiful has all been messed up.

Colours that run together a fun science experiment for Sunday school or kids church about the Bible story of Jospeh and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- paper coffee filters
- scissors
- pens
- cups
- water

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Object lesson - Joseph in the well: ‘Throw it away’


Use this children's moment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and him being sold as a slave.

You could use this for a children’s moment in the church service, or as an introduction to your children’s programme.

A fun introduction to the Bible story for all ages.

Throw it away a childrens moment in church about the Bible story of Joseph in the well and being sold as a slave to Egypt

What do you need:

- a rubbish bin
- things that can be thrown away – a tissue, plastic cup, paper, broken pen etc
- cuddly toys or puppets

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Experiment - UV reactive putty: ‘Your sins are wiped away’


Use this fun object lesson to teach on the Bible verse in Isaiah 43:25

In Isaiah 43:25 we read "But I wipe away your sins because of who I am. And so, I will forget the wrongs you have done."

Do you know UV Reactive Putty? You can use this as an object lesson. You can write with the included UV pen in the putty and you''ll see it change in colour. This means that you can write with the UV pen in the putty. You can write for example the things that you have done wrong in the putty and it will disappear after a minute.

Your sins are wiped away a really fun object lesson with UV reactive putty


This creates a very easy link to the Bible verse of Isaiah 43.25. Our sins will disappear very quickly from the putty, just as God has promised that He will wipe away our sins!

You can buy this UV Reactive putty here through Amazon.com and here through Amazon.co.uk

Have fun with it!

 

 

Experiment - UV reactive putty: ‘Your name is written in His hand’


Use this fun object lesson to teach on the Bible verse in Isaiah 49:16

In Isaiah 49:16 we read "See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands." God has written our names in the palms of His hands.

Do you know UV Reactive Putty? You can use this as an object lesson. You can write with the included UV pen in the putty and you''ll see it change in colour. This means that you can write with the UV pen in the putty. You can write for example your name in the putty, but it will disappear after a minute.

Your name written on the palms of His hands a eeally fun object lesson with UV reactive putty


This creates a very easy link to the Bible verse of Isaiah 49:16. Our names will disappear very quickly from the putty, but we may know that our names will be forever written in the hands of God!

You can buy this UV Reactive putty here through Amazon.com and here through Amazon.co.uk

Have fun with it!

 

 

Experiment - Joseph’s coat: ‘Naming the colours’


Use this science experiment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Joseph is given a coat of many colours, and his brothers are green with jealousy!

Exploding Message

What do you need:

- worksheet that you can download below
- paper and pens
- stopwatch

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Object lesson - Joseph’s coat: ‘Live your dream’


Use this children's moment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

You could use this for a children’s moment in the church service, or as an introduction to your children’s programme.

Live your dream a childrens moment about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

Preparation:

Ask around in your church or school if there is anyone who had a dream as a child about something they wanted to do or become – and who has achieved that.

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Object lesson - Joseph’s coat: ‘The coolest coat ever’


Use this introductory activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

This activity is most suited to the start of a children’s programme, as the children are arriving, before the programme has actually started.

Hang the coat up on a hanger in the corridor, or in the classroom as long as you are teaching on Joseph. You could also wear it as you tell the story of Joseph.

The Coolest Coat ever Use this introductory activity to teach about the Bible story ofJoseph and his coat of many colours


What do you need:

- a disposable plastic poncho or large plastic bin bags, or old second hand coat
- double sided sticky tape
- decorating materials

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Object lesson - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘Who can you trust?’


Use this creative activity to teach about the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel

Zachariah is in the temple. Suddenly the angel Gabriel appears and tells him that he and his wife are going to have a baby. But wait a minute! That’s not possible! They’re both much too old! Can we trust what the angel Gabriel says?

Who can you trust a creative activity about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the tempel


What do you need: 

- an bottle of medicine or a pot of pills

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Object lesson - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘Who is the angel Gabriel?’


Use this creative activity to teach about the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel

In the temple in Jerusalem Zachariah is visited by the angel Gabriel. But who is he?

Who is the angel Gabriel a creative activity about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the tempel


What do you need: 

- worksheet with the various illustrations of angels - download here: Angels-worksheet.pdf
- pens

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Object lesson - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘No nice gift for Zachariah’


Use this creative activity to teach about the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel

Zachariah and his wife Elisabeth had prayed for a son. But nothing happened and now it’s too late. Now they’re too old to have children.

No nice gift for Zacharias a creative activity about the Bible story of Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the tempel

 

What do you need: 

- a beautifully wrapped present

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Experiment - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘The impossible sum’


You can use this as a fun science experiment about the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple

Zachariah has added everything up, and he knows – he is too old to have a baby. But the angel has good news for him. God has heard his prayer, and even though he and his wife are very old, it’s going to happen! Zachariah can’t believe it. 

Can you believe it when you add it all up?

The Impossible Sum A cool science experiment about the Bible story of Zacharias in the temple


What do you do: 

Zachariah has added everything up, and he knows – he is too old to have a baby. But the angel has good news for him. God has heard his prayer, and even though he and his wife are very old, it’s going to happen!
Zachariah can’t believe it.
Can you believe it when you add it all up?

What do you need: 

- an empty A4 to cover the numbers up.
- a worksheet with The Impossible Sum that you can download here:

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Object lesson - Zachariah meets Gabriel: ‘Discarded or valuable?’


You can use this as a children’s moment or an introduction to the story of the priest Zachariah meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple

Discarded or valuable a childrens moment about the Bible story of the priest Zacharias meeting the angel Gabriel in the temple in Jerusalem

What do you need: 

- an old fashioned rotary telephone
- a modern mobile Phone

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Object lesson - Mary and Gabriel: ‘A beautiful princess or just an ordinary girl?’


A children's moment to introduce the theme of Mary meeting Gabriel

A beautfil princess or just an ordinary girl


What do you need:

- a dressing up dress for a princess
- an apron

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Object lesson - Mary and Elisabeth: ‘A tie or an apron’


A children's moment in church based on the meeting of Mary and her aunt Elisabeth

This can be used as a short introduction to the Bible story, to arouse the children’s curiosity.

A tie or an apron children s moment in church about Mary meeting her aunt Elisabeth

What do you need:

- a tie
- an apron

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Object lesson - Follow Me: ‘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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Object lesson: 'Learning to look with Gods eyes' - is it a duck or a rabbit?


An object lesson 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!

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! 

Object lesson - Through the roof: ‘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.

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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
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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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Experiment - Through the roof: ‘Bubble fight’

 
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. 

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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

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Object lesson - Through the roof: ‘Is it a duck or a rabbit?’ - looking with God’s eyes


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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Storytelling tips - Through the roof: ‘How to tell the Story with four pieces of cardboard’


Do you want to learn
 how you can use four pieces of cardboard to tell the story of Jesus healing the paralysed man?

All you need is four pieces of thin cardboard (thinner than foam board but thicker than posterboard), a few paper fasteners andyou're off!

Watch this video, go and practice and discover: I can do this!

OAC evangelist and specialist children's worker Dawn Getley demonstrates in the video below how you can tell this wonderful Bible story in Mark 2: 1- 12 in a new way.

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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Experiment: ‘The dying candle that lifts the water’ - Jesus’ death and resurrection


Just as the candle has to die, Jesus had to die to lift us up to the Father

Jesus is the Light of the world. He is the burning candle. We may flock to him as the water flocks to the candle. In his death on the cross He pulls us up to the Father and brings us home.

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With this easy-to-do object lesson you can demonstrate to the children, young people and adults in your church the meaning of Easter and explain the gospel.

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

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Object lesson: ‘Frozen lego figure’ - advent / Christmas


God is not far away from us. In Jesus He came so close…

A fun Christmas idea on God coming to us in His son Jesus. You can use this Advent idea at home or in your children’s ministry. 

Put a Lego figure into a small cup of water and put this into a freezer. Once it is frozen take it out and show it to the kids. Explain to them that when we celebrate Christmas we celebrate that God became like us. In Jesus He became a man. God is not very far away - show your hands and move them far away from the Lego figure in the ice. But through Jesus He has come very close – put your hands on the ice block.

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By reading the Bible, praying and going to church we can grow closer to Him. This is what God wants for us, because He loves us so much. His love makes you warm. Shall we see if we can make this block of ice warm, so that it will melt. How can we do that?

Experiment - Cornflakes and magnets: ‘God’s guidance’


How can you compare God's guidance with a cornflake?

To find out, you’ll have to watch this surprising TheDadLab video below. It is another one of his great, short videos on easy to do science experiments.



Just as the cornflake is pulled along by the magnet held above it. so we may know that God wants to guide us. He wants to lead us. In Psalm 23 David writes: "The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right pathsfor his name’s sake." (Psalm 23: 1 -3)

But does this work? Is it as easy as the pulling or pushing of a cornflake with a magnet? 

In the Bible we read about lots of people who hear his voice, know his will, are guided by angels. How does this work in our lives today?

Some questions to reflect on with the children:

How do you think God's guidance works?
How does God guide us?
Can you give an example?
How many people in the Bible do we know that were guided by God?

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This is a great object lesson to reflect with the children on the theme of God's guidance in our lives.

It is fun and easy to do with the children. They can take turns to try and move a cornflake over the water.

Theme:

God's guidance, hearing His voice, knowing His will, choosing your own path

Needed:

- a magnet
- cornflakes
- a bowl of water

 

Experiment - Cornflakes and magnets: ‘The star of Bethlehem’ - FREE


What on earth could be the link between cornflakes, a magnet and the star of Bethlehem?

To find out, you’ll have to watch this surprising TheDadLab video below. It is another one of his great, short videos on easy to do science experiments.



Just as the cornflake is pulled along by the magnet held above it, so the (three) wise men experience the pull of the star. It leads them towards Bethlehem, where they will worship Jesus and present their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

"They went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, they were overjoyed." Matthew 2: 9 - 10

object lesson star of bethlehem

This is a great object lesson to illustrate the Christmas story of the wise men following the star of Bethlehem.

It is fun and easy to do with the children. They can take it in turns to try moving a cornflake over the water.

Themes:

The Magi, the (three wise men, the (three) kings, the star of Bethlehem, God's direction

What do you need:

- a strong magnet
- fortified cornflakes (check the label to see how much iron each serving contains—the more the better!) 
- a bowl of water

 

Magic trick - Visible candle to salt: ‘Job’s unfortunate wife’


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

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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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