If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time or if I’ve ever taught your children then you know by now that object lessons are my favorite way to teach the Bible. I believe that Jesus knew exactly what he was doing when he used everyday ordinary objects to teach those who followed after him a lesson that would not only make sense but that would be something they remembered. As a visual learner myself, I can say that this is a powerful way to teach because it is something that children will remember. Teaching children about the spiritual realm can be a tricky topic. It’s a topic that should be approached gently as some children may find it terrifying, yet at the same time, it’s a topic that must be approached boldly as many children (and adults) have become numb to such topics. The numbness comes from reading books such as The Mortel Instruments, don’t get me wrong, Cassandra Clare is a talented author. Her books are so vivid and clear, it’s captivating, her details are phenomenal and frankly, there aren’t many authors with an ounce of her talent. However, with that being said books, movies, and tv shows and the lack of Biblical teaching have all led to a generation that simply doesn’t believe in the power of God or Satan.
Bible-based object lessons for kids are fun to teach! It’s exciting to see that what you’re teaching has grasped the attention of everyone in the room. This particular lesson was perhaps a bit too mature for some of the ones I recently taught. I found that those in PreK simply could not pay attention to it, while those in elementary school, particularly upper elementary were highly intrigued. They were so intrigued that they kept having me do the illustration over and over again to see just how it worked. What a fun lesson it was! Looking back, I could have done this differently for PreK. I would have sung the song that talks about being careful at what we hear. Let me tell you what though, I was a mess by the time it was all said and done. Which is fine by me because ultimately my desire for every child that I teach is for them to know the Lord as their Savior and to helplessly fall in love with Him. It makes my heart so happy to see children enjoy coming to church. If that means making a giant mess all over myself and the children’s sanctuary than that’s okay by me.
Object Lessons For Kids: Be Careful What You Listen To
Every child has a different learning style but as I spoke a while back in my post for the Casting Our Cares On Jesus lesson, object lessons are great for those who need visual aids. They are also ideal for those who learn best through a hands on approach. The wow factor with this lesson is just a bonus.
As I stated before, if I could do it again for my younger kids I would use this song with the lesson. It may be an old song but it’s such a good one.
Show the kids a candle. We are going to pretend that this candle is us, without God in our lives we are useless. We may look pretty and we may smell pretty but we can’t do what we were designed to do. We just sit there, dark, empty and useless. However with God in our lives, we can shine brightly for others to see just how amazing it is that God is to us. (Light the candle). You see the Word of God says that God is like a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. (Psalm 119:105) God gives us each a great purpose and when we allow Him to use us then He will use us for amazing things. The very same amazing things that He designed us to do.
(Show kids a jar with baking soda in it). The world is like this jar of baking soda. We may want to be like it. It’s different than us and perhaps it looks like it’s having a great time. (Pour vinegar into jar and cover quickly) but the world isn’t full of God’ goodness. You see, the world listens to Satan and the things that Satan says, he wants to make it to where it looks like others are having a great time but deep down inside they are actually suffering from something that we can’t see yet.
Then Satan sees you and the light that you have. He sees the joy that God has given to us. He wants to steal that joy from you. Do you know what he does? He starts whispering lies to you. You don’t have to play with the dangers of the world to be affected by them, you only have to listen to the whisper of lies from Satan. (hold glass over candle to blow candle out) Before you know it, your joy will seemingly be stolen from you.
Next Step Up
For middle and high this would be a great time to talk about the danger of peer pressure.