Object lessons are an entertaining way to spread the lessons of the Bible to kids, in a way that will last. A solid kids ministry curriculum is necessary, and you can learn about our favorite ones here, but you can spruce up your classes with some object lessons too! Rather than sitting down to study passages of text, why not play games with the children, where they are learning without even realizing it? Read on to learn our top 10 examples of object lessons for kids, perfect for keeping energy and passion in your church.
Forgiveness – Carrying Weight
Brilliant for teaching kids about the weight of negative emotions, this is one of our favorite object lessons for youth. Have several empty buckets in the center of the circle, and ask a volunteer to pick them up. Tell them to walk around the circle, they will be able to do it easily.
Next, ask some students to fill up those buckets with water, explaining that the water represents the weight that we hold when we don’t forgive someone. Now, the volunteer will find it a lot more difficult to walk around the circle. When we forgive and let go of anger and resentment, we lessen the weight on ourselves.
Turning Water into Wine
Bring the story of this New Testament miracle to life with some cordial or powdered flavoring. A young volunteer will transform a jug of boring water into tasty juice for everyone to drink, whilst learning about the power of Jesus.
Trust Fall – Faith in God
Teaching to trust in God, even though we can’t always see Him, this adaptable children’s church object lesson is one of the most powerful. You are probably familiar with the concept of a trust fall, but it can also be a beautiful demonstration of how to have faith in God. The classic trust fall, accompanied with prayer, is a great object lesson for teens.
Trust Sit – Faith in God for Little Ones
For younger kids, use a chair and a blindfold for a safer experience. Direct them to the chair, and ask them if they know a chair is there, they will say no. Next, ask them to trust in God, and sit down. While they will likely feel the fear beforehand, the relief that they can trust in God will be powerful.
Paper Fan – God is Everywhere
Doubling up as an arts and crafts activity, this Sunday school object lesson is great fun for younger kids. Show them how to make a simple style folded fan out of paper, and get them to partner up and fan the other person. Showing kids that there are forces in this world that we cannot see, this experiment is a great way to deepen their faith in God.
Float or Sink – Faith Lifts Us
Using an orange to show the power of God’s protection, this experiment is simple yet effective. Describe how God’s love is all around us while slowly peeling the orange. Next, describe what can happen if we stray from faith, and drop the peeled orange into a clear tub of water. It will sink.
The tub of water can represent a troublesome time or a difficult situation where we feel like we might sink. Afterward, drop a non-peeled orange into the water. This orange is still carefully wrapped in God’s love and protection, and it will float.
Self-Control – How to Let Anger Run Through Us
Showing youngsters the importance of self-control, this exciting activity doubles up as a science experiment. Fill a clear drinking glass with warm water, and add a few drops of food coloring, followed by 4 drops of liquid dishwashing detergent. Gently add 2 tbsp of baking soda before adding the final ingredient – vinegar.
This will make it bubble up and get out of control. In this experiment, we are the water, and the baking soda is our anger. If we don’t react to it, it has no power. But once a lack of self-control (vinegar) is in the mix, we will explode.
We Are What We Absorb – Celery
Simple yet effective, this object lesson involves celery, food coloring, and time. Place several stalks of celery into glasses of different colored water, root down. Come back the next day, and the celery will be different colors, showing us that what we accept into our lives will change us.
Breathe, Pray, Appreciate
Requiring no apparatus, this bible object lesson for kids is great to bring the tempo down. Teach kids that once they learn how to focus on their breathing, then they can easily pray throughout their day. The bible teaches us that we can "pray without ceasing,” so teach the children how to feel God in every single breath.
Different on the Outside, the Same on the Inside
Show kids that everyone is made equal with some M&Ms. Get each child to choose their favorite color, and let them eat it. Next, blindfold a few children and ask them to guess the color of their sweet – they won’t be able to as they all taste the same. Just as we look different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside.
Keep the excitement in your kids' church lessons, and use some fun object lessons! Information and messages have a greater impact when taught in a hands-on way, and the kids at your Sunday school will be sure to appreciate a lively and dynamic learning environment.