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Children’s Church Object Lessons: 10 Attention-Grabbing Ideas for Kids

7. Water Into Wine

The miracles of Jesus are amazing stories of God’s power at work. It’s important that kids understand that Jesus’ power is still at work today. This object lesson is a great addition to teaching about the wedding at Cana. In this story we see Jesus perform the first miracle of turning water into wine. For this object lesson you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Pour some of the sodium carbonate into the bottom of one of the glasses. Then fill the other glass with water and add phenolphthalein. When you pour the water into the empty glass containing the sodium carbonate the water instantly turns from clear to red. Definitely an attention-getter. As with all of these object lessons, it pays to practice them ahead of time and experiment to make sure you get the optimal impact. Read more about this object lesson.

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8. Wonder Pad

I love the Wonder Pad. It’s an easy trick, but a total attention-grabber. We’ve used this object lesson to show how we need God to make miracles happen. It would also be a great way to drive home the story of Samson. It demonstrates the difference between Samson with God and without His power. You can write on any of the sheets of paper in the Wonder Pad.

On the first sheet write “with God,” and on the next sheet write “without God.” When you rip out the first sheet and hand it to the kid, he or she can rip it easily. Hand the volunteer the next page. He or she won’t be able to rip it. Alternating pages have a special coating that makes it nearly impossible to tear with your hands. It’s fun to use two volunteers. Choose a small kid for the rippable sheet, and a big kid for others. It highlights the necessity of relying on God.

9. Lotta Bowl

Of all the children’s church object lessons on this list, this is by far the most expensive. For ones that cost extra like the Lotta Bowl, I like to check first if any of my children’s ministry friends have one I can borrow. At times when we have some extra budget, this is a fun one to splurge on.

The Lotta Bowl looks like a silver vase or urn. What you don’t see is that it’s hollow on the inside. Around the rim is a hole where you fill the inside with water. There’s also a hole in the inside basin. Once you fill the hollow interior with water the basin fills as well. Simply place your finger on the hold around the rim and the basin stops filling with water. Pour it out in front of the kids. It looks empty. Turn it up, take your finger off of the hold, and the basin refills. Pour it out again. The kids’ minds are blown. It’s a fun illusion to us when teaching on the loaves and fish story. Try this “God provides” bible object lessons for kids.

10. Lemon Juice

One Easter, we wanted to demonstrate how Christ took our place on the cross. We wanted to emphasize the fact that His suffering and death was for our benefit. So, we started the Bible story with a game. Games are a great way to disguise an object lesson. The kids don’t even realize they’re learning until they get a truth smackdown.

In this game, we brought up two kids and had them compete. The competition was who could drink a glass of lemon juice…without sugar. That’s right, no lemonade here. The first kid to drink the juice, or the one who drank the most in 30 seconds, won a piece of candy…for a friend. We actually let both contestants take candy to a friend, but we did not give anything to the contestants. They took a hit so a friend could be blessed. It was a powerful object lesson for kids that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was for our benefit.

These are just a few simple children’s church object lessons, but they could easily spur many more ideas and applications. What’s your favorite object lessons for kids that don’t require expensive props?

This article on children’s church object lessons originally appeared on equipkidmin.

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Written by Dwayne Riner. Dwayne is the head writer for Equip KidMin curriculum, he has been in children’s ministry for over two decades.