Finding a fun, meaningful children lesson on prayer can be challenging. This is especially true when a wide range of ages gather together. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for relatively easy yet cool finds.
For this children’s object lesson on prayer, I was inspired by fizzy antacid tablets. They fascinate kids of all ages (and even adults). Effervescence is so awesome!
Children Lesson on Prayer
The focus Bible verse for this object lesson on prayer is 1 Timothy 2:1-6, NLT. Objectives include teaching that Jesus hears all prayers, not just those from adults, and that we should pray for everyone and everything. It’s also important to describe what praying actually means and all the ways we can pray. Print out a kid-friendly definition ahead of time; for example, prayer is simply “having a conversation with God.”
You’ll need a bunch of clear glasses filled with tap water. (For extra fizz, use sparkling water.) Food coloring is optional, if you want to make colored water. You’ll also need antacid tablets (at least two per child). Generic works just fine.
Begin by reading the Bible passage aloud and discussing what prayer means. Talk about what happens when we pray and how prayer helps us all grow closer to God.
Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz
Next, gather children around a table and say, “Watch this and tell me how it makes you feel.” Then drop an antacid tablet into water. The fizz will lead to immediate excitement on kids’ faces.
Say, “Every time we pray to Jesus, that’s how he feels. He’s bubbling over with excitement because we are building a relationship and friendship with him. We’re talking to Jesus and including him in our lives. Jesus loves us so much, and he wants to be a big part of our lives.”
Give each child two antacid tablets (they usually come two per pack).