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: ‘What happened to the body? - a mystery game for Easter’


A fun whodunnit about what happened to Jesus' body 

There were lots of rumours circulating about what had happened to the body of Jesus. In this mystery game (á la Cluedo) the children get to interview a number of suspects, including Dr. Bob Well and commissioner of police B. Hunter about what happened to the body of on J of N which has disappeared from the mortuary. A modern parable of the resurrection of Jesus.

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 happened to the body an Easter mystery game on the resurrection of Jesus for Sunday school lessons childrens ministry youth ministry kidmin and VBS

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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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Object lesson - Jesus on the cross: ‘What does INRI stand for?’


A hands on activity explaining the meaning of the letters above the cross

In many churches you see the word ‘INRI’ above the cross. This is a summary of the text that was put above Jesus’ cross. But what does it mean? Let’s discover it, using salt dough.

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.

The meaning of INRI explain the meaning of the cross Easter idea for Sunday school lesson childrens ministry VBS kidmin youth ministry and childrens church

What do you need:

- 500 gm white flour (not self-raising)
- 250 gm salt
- 250 ml water
- 1 tablespoon of oil
- a picture of the four letters INRI
- large plastic bowls

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Object lesson - Jesus on the cross: ‘Using a torch to explain the meaning of the cross’


A simple but effective object lesson to explain the meaning of the cross

How do we explain to children the mystery of what happened on the cross? You’ll get quite a long way with these two torches and their batteries.

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

This object lesoon 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.

Batteries that are full and empty explain the meaning of the cross Easter idea for Sunday school lesson childrens ministry VBS kidmin youth ministry and childrens church

What do you need:

- a battery tester
- some new and used batteries
- two torches

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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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Icebreaker - Jesus on the cross: ‘Squeeze an egg’


A fun icebreaker about the Easter story 

A cracking way 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 icebreaker 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.

Squeeze an egg a fun Easter icebreaker for Sunday school lesson childrens ministry VBS kidmin youth ministry and childrens church

What do you need:

- eggs
- a plastic bowl

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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: ‘This beautiful earth’


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

Abram and Lot really has the same problem as we do. How can we live together with each other in a country and in a world that is getting fuller, and where we really need to think carefully about how we treat the land and the raw materials we need?

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.

This beautiful earth 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:

- a chessboard (or draughts board – a board with 64 spaces.
- counters in four different colours:
- red: industry (20 counters)
- green: nature (30 counters)
- yellow: agriculture (30 counters)
- blue: housing (20 counters)
- a timer
- a dice with the colours red, green, yellow, blue, and a question mark, and a ‘C’

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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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Experiment - Jesus is arrested: ‘Does an ice cube float on oil?’


A fun science experiment about the Easter story 

Jesus is not a king like Herod or Pilate. He came down from heaven to give us his love and salvation. You can use this fun experiment to demonstrate this!

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.

Floating ice cube fun science experiment 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:

- edible food colouring
- water
- sunflower or other vegetable oil
- a glass

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Icebreaker - Jesus is arrested: ‘Build a spaghetti bridge’


A fun icebreaker about the Easter story 

A playful introduction to our Sunday school lesson about Easter and Jesus being becoming a bridge between God and humankind.

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.

Build a spaghetti bridge fun icebreaker 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:

- lots of spaghetti
- cello tape / sticky tape

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Icebreaker - Abram and Lot: ‘Share a marshmallow teacake’


A fun icebreaker 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 a marshmallow tea cake fun icebreaker about Bible story Abram and Lot separate for Sunday school lesson youth ministry Bible lesson childrens ministry school assembly childrens church


Abram and Lot have to share the country that they live in. How do they share it out evenly?

What do you need:

- a number of marshmallow tea cakes, or jaffa cakes
- knives and forks
- plates

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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: ‘Friends make wrong choices’


Use this creative activity to talk about Jesus being let down and betrayed by his friends in Gethsemane

Jesus encourages his friends to ask God for strength, so they won’t fall into temptation, but it all goes completely wrong.
Use this idea in your Sunday school or Bible lesson to look at friendship.

Friends make wrong choices Jesus betrayed by friends creative activity sunday school lesson bible lesson youth work bible story easter


What do you need:

- chocolates
- 10 small chocolate eggs for each child 
- four bowls or small boxes
- 4 statements in download

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Object lesson - Jesus in Gethsemane: ‘In the garden of Gethsemane’


Use this creative activity to create a group discussion about four important events in the garden of Gethsemane

Four very important events in the life of Jesus happened in the garden of Gethsemane. Using four symbols or drawings, we are going to take a deeper look at what happened. This idea is ideal for a Sunday school lesson, a Bible lesson or within your youth work.

In the garden of Gethsemane a group discussion Sunday school lesson kids church Bible lesson childrens ministry kids ministry youth work


What do you need:

- worksheets
- pens / coloured pencils

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Experiment - Jesus in Gethsemane: ‘Pencils through a plastic bag’


A fun science experiment to the Easter story

Jesus has a lot to cope with in this Easter Bible story:

- The disciples abandon him by falling asleep
- Judas betrays him with a kiss
- His disciples use violence
- Peter denies knowing him
- He is hurt and insulted, and falsely convicted.

How does Jesus cope with all of this?

Use this experiment to talk about this Easter theme in a Sunday school setting or within your youth work.

Pencils through a bag fun science experiment to tell Bible story of Easter in Sunday school Bible lesson object lesson kids church kids ministry yout work


What do you need:

- a strong ziplock plastic bag
- water
- six pencils

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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: ‘Stewed apples’


Use this fun creative activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph reconciling with his brothers

When Joseph looks back on his life he sees God’s hand in the things that have happened. If Joseph had been an apple, people would have dropped him, peeled him, kicked him, and cut him into little pieces. But eventually Joseph sees that God used all this to make delicious stewed apples.

Stewed Apples creative activity about the Bible story of Joseph being reconciled with his brothers To be used in a Sunday school lesson kids church kids ministry childrens ministriy childrens work Bible lesson

What do you need:

- a jam pot with a lid for each child (or if this is not possible, a plastic cup, foil and elastic bands).
- a label for each child, one you can stick onto the pot, or hang round the pot with a piece of string
- pens to decorate the label
- stewing apples
- knives
- sugar
- cinnamon
- water
- an electric hot plate
- a saucepan and wooden spoon
- a recipe for stewed apples

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Object lesson - Joseph forgives his brothers: ‘Bitter or better?’


Use this creative activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph reconciling with his brothers

Joseph has been through so much suffering that he could easily have become bitter. A fun creative activity about the Bible story of Joseph being reconciled with his brothers in Egypt.

Bitter or Better a creative activity about the Bible story of Joseph being reconciled with his brothers. To be used in Sunday school lesson kids church kids ministry childrens ministriy Bible lesson

What do you need:

- worksheet
- grapefruit
- (toy) diamond
- pearl – not a real one!
- 4 large envelopes with a picture of a key on each one.
- 4 sheets of paper, each with one of the following phrases:
- ‘Generous’
- ‘Don’t take revenge’
- ‘Be loving’
- ‘See God’

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Experiment - Joseph forgives his brothers: ‘The heart of ice’


Use this science experiment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph reconciling with his brothers

With a frozen heart, Juda and his eight brothers throw Joseph into the pit. Twenty years later you might expect that Joseph’s heart has become frozen. Thankfully that isn’t the case. Juda’s frozen heart is even starting to melt, as he offers to save Benjamin.

Heart of ice fun science experiment object lesson about Bible story of Joseph brothers Egypt for Sunday school lesson youth work kids church kids ministry

What do you need:

- a silicone cake tin in the shape of a heart
- a bucket or large saucepan
- chicken wire
- string
- glasses
- salt

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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: ‘Touched to the heart’


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

When Joseph sees his brother Benjamin after 20 long years, it moves him to tears. It touches him deeply to see his favourite brother again. What touches us?

Touched to the heart 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 dartboard
- darts
- a small heart made of cardboard

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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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YouTube video - Joseph meets his brothers: ‘Caminandes 1’


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers in Egypt

A lama tries to cross a road in the desert. But every time he puts a foot on the road, traffic rushes by. He just can’t get to the other side. Then an armadillo comes along, and it crosses the road with no problems at all. The lama doesn’t know what to do – but eventually he crosses the road riding on the armadillo’s back. 

Caminandes 1 Use this secular YouTube video to talk about the Bible story of Joseph meeting his brothers again in Egypt


So what makes this film suitable for a discussion on the story of Joseph seeing his brothers again?

The brothers go on a journey in order to buy food, but everything goes wrong. Other people are allowed to buy food, but they are accused of being spies, put into prison, have to leave one brother behind, get accused of stealing, and have to fetch their youngest brother. If it was up to their father, Jacob, they would never go back, but they have no choice – the famine forces them to go back to Egypt a second time.

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

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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.

 

Crafts idea - Joseph and Pharaoh: ‘A wall of dreams’


Use this craft activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh

The children are going to think about their most beautiful dream. This may be a dream that they really dreamt, or something that they would really love to see happen in the future.

You can use this personal look at dreams to go on to talk about Joseph’s dreams.

A wall of dreams a creative personal activity about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- enough worksheets for each child
- felt pens/ coloured pencils

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Experiment - Joseph and Pharaoh: ‘The different between looking and seeing’


Use this science experiment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph explaining the dreams

The baker, the cupbearer, and the Pharaoh have their dreams in their sleep, but they don’t see the meaning of the dream. God gives Joseph the insight to understand the meaning of the dream. As ordinary people we are sometimes not very good at really seeing and understanding things. We look but don’t see. This experiment is a good example of this.

The difference between looking and seeing

What do you need:

- a pack of cards
- pen and paper

What do you do:

Lay out the following combination of cards on the table.

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Ask a child to choose one of the cards and write the name of the card on a piece of paper. Ask them then to turn over the paper so that no one (and especially you) can’t see which of the five cards they chose. Then remove all five cards from the table.

Tell the children about the story you’re going to tell, about the baker, the cupbearer and the Pharaoh who all watch their dreams but don’t see the meaning of them. God gives to Joseph the insight to understand the meaning of the dreams.

Is there a difference between looking and seeing?

Put the following four cards on the table.

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Ask the child who chose a card at the start to turn over the paper on which they wrote which card it was. Lo and behold, their card has vanished!

It’s all about looking and seeing.

The baker, the cupbearer and the Pharaoh watch/look at their dreams in their sleep, but Joseph needs Gods help to see the true meaning.

With this experiment you also need to look very carefully.

Which of the original five cards are the same as these four cards that are now on the table?

They are all different! Not a single card is the same as the first five.
This is why the card that the child chose will always have disappeared.

But how come we don’t see this?

The cards look so similar to each other that we don’t remember properly which cards we have seen. We look, but don’t see properly.
With God’s help Joseph learns to see the meaning of the dreams.

You can repeat this ‘trick/experiment’ so that the children learn how to do it at home.

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: ‘Recognise these emotions?’


Use this creative activity to think about all the emotions in the Bible story of Joseph 

The story of Joseph is a real roller coaster. Lots of things happen to Joseph, Potifar and Potifar’s wife. There are lots of different emotions. Using emoticons we’re going to look into this further.

Do you recognize all the emotions in the Bible story of Joseph in the household of Potiphar a creative activity for Sunday school lesson kids ministry childrens church youth work

What do you need:

- worksheet (that you can download below)
- felt pens or biros.

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Icebreaker - Joseph meets Potiphar’s wife: ‘Number one?!’


Use this Icebreaker to teach about Joseph being in Egypt

Joseph is number 1 for everybody in the story. In what are the children number 1?

Number 1 an Icebreaker about the Bible story of Joseph

What do you need:

- a picture of a ‘Ist’ rosette.

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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: ‘The case against Ruben’


Use this creative activity to think about Ruben's role in the Bible story of Joseph 

Which role does Ruben play in this story? Is he guilty or innocent? In a court case the children are going to look for the answer.

The case against Ruben a creative activity for Sunday school or kids church about the Bible story of Jospeh and his coat of many colours

Tell the children about Ruben – he was Joseph’s oldest brother. When he hears that his other brothers want to kill Joseph, he suggests that they throw Joseph in the pit, so that he can rescue him later and bring him back to their father.

Ruben isn’t there when his brothers sell Joseph, and when he hears this he is so sad that he tears his clothes. Together with his other brothers he smears Joseph’s coat with goat’s blood and tells his father Jacob that Joseph is dead.

Today we’re going to hold a court case. In a court case you have judges, a prosecutor and and someone who defends the accused person. The question is – is Ruben guilty or not?

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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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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!

 

 

Object lesson - Joseph’s coat: ‘Green with jealousy’ - FREE


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

Joseph’s brothers were green with jealousy to see how their father put Joseph first. Joseph, who told on them time and time again, who was given a beautiful coat, and has now told them all his dreams. Yes, they were pretty jealous!!!!!

Green with Jealousy creative activity about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- a transparent plastic bag
- washing up liquid
- shampoo
- green food colouring or green washing up liquid
- water

What do you do:

Do:
Make yourself a bag of green slime:  (see the instructions at the end of the idea).

Show the children your bag of green slime. Tell them that in the eighties children played with something they called ‘smurf snot’- a soft green slimy gel in a bag.

Ask:
- Ask the children who knows the saying ‘Green with jealousy’?
- Why does the colour green stand for jealousy?

Tell:
Joseph’s brothers were green with jealousy to see how their father put Joseph first. Joseph, who told on them time and time again, who was given a beautiful coat, and has now told them all his dreams. Yes, they were pretty jealous!!!!!

Ask:
- Have you ever been jealous? Why?
- What did it feel like?
- What can you do if you are really feeling jealous about something?

Tell:
We’re going to make our own green slime today.

How to make slime:
- Pour a bit of green washing up liquid in the bag (or normal washing up liquid with a few drops of green colouring).
- Add a few spoons of water
- Now add a little shampoo or conditioner - you can add as much as you want
- Make sure the bag is closed properly, and squish it between your hands.

 

Object lesson - Joseph’s coat: ‘Bullying always hurts’


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

There’s a lot of bullying going on in Jacob’s family. Joseph tells on his brothers whenever he can, and his brothers ignore him and hate him. They weren’t a happy family!

In this activity we take a deeper look at the subject of bullying; what this means, what the children know about it and how they experience it.

Bullying Always Hurts a creative activity about the Bible story of Joseph and his coat of many colours

What do you need:

- two pieces of fruit and a knife. One of the pieces of fruit must be damaged or rotten on the inside without this showing on the outside. This could work with an apple or pear, or avocado.
- for each group of children you need an A4 with the word ‘RIGHT’ on it, and an A4 with the word ‘WRONG’.
- A4 sheets with the following:
Sheet 1 – ‘Verbal bullying – bullying with words’
Sheet 2 – ‘Physical bullying – bullying with your body’
Sheet 3 – ‘Material bullying – bullying with things’
sheet 4 – ‘Relational bullying – bullying as a group’
Sheet 5 – ‘Digital bullying- bullying via social media’

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