An Easter object lesson for children’s church that involves slime is sure to be a hit with kids. So we’re sharing object lessons for Good Friday as well as Easter Sunday. If your students love slime, use the gooey stuff to teach them about Jesus’ death and resurrection!
Last year I incorporated making slime into our Good Friday and Easter Sunday children’s church services. Because the kids loved making slime, I knew this Easter object lesson would hold their attention. So I want to share what we did for anyone who needs a fresh way to share the Easter story with kids.
Easter Object Lesson for Good Friday (Black and Red Slime)
God created humans in His image. They were sinless at this point. Make white slime with borax, water and white glue. God formed Adam from dust and breathed life into Him. Then God took a rib from Adam and formed Eve. Separate half the white slime into another bowl.
God gave Adam and Eve everything in the garden except one thing. God warned them in Genesis 2:16-17 to not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Unfortunately, sin entered the world through temptation. Pour black food coloring into one bowl of white slime. A snake tempted Eve into eating fruit from the one tree that was off-limits. Then she talked Adam into doing the same.
Because Adam and Eve disobeyed God, He banished them from the garden. Sin was now part of human life. Whenever someone sinned, they had to sacrifice an animal to God.
Fast forward to the New Testament. Jesus came to earth. He lived a sinless life here, so he could be the ultimate sacrifice for sins.
Second Corinthians 5:21 says the sinless Jesus was the offering for all our sins. Allow black slime to completely cover your hand. Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice. He shed His blood for us on the cross. Add red food coloring to the other bowl of white slime. Jesus died a painful death for us, although he didn’t deserve it. He did it because he loves us.
Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” We deserve to die because of our sins. But because Jesus sacrificed for us, he forgives our sins. Now we can live forever in heaven with him.
We covered a large cross with white butcher paper. It was on stage during the entire children’s church message. Afterward, I invited kids to write sins they struggled with on the cross with black markers. They had a few minutes to remember Jesus’ sacrifice and thank Him at the foot of the cross.
Don’t get rid of your black and red slime! Also, don’t take down your cross or remove the paper. You’ll be using all these items for the Easter children’s church message. After kids left on Friday, we spray-painted the paper on the cross with gold paint to symbolize Jesus taking our sins away. If you don’t have a separate Good Friday service, combine these two messages for one Easter presentation.
Easter Object Lesson for Sunday (Gold Slime)
Recap the Good Friday children’s church message
On Good Friday we talked about how sin entered the world. Adam and Eve gave in to temptation. Since then, we all have sin in our lives.
Romans 3:23 says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Hold up black slime. Jesus, who was perfect and without sin, took all our sins on Himself on the cross. Hold up black slime and allow it to cover your hand. Show cross picture from Friday, with sins written on it. Jesus became the ultimate sacrifice for us when he gave His life and shed His innocent blood on the cross. Hold up the red slime.
Did Jesus deserve to die? Allow kids to respond. Who deserved it? Allow kids to respond. All of us. Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” So Jesus died on the cross.
Let’s imagine what it must’ve been like for Jesus’ disciples and followers the weekend Jesus was dead. He had told them he would have to die but that he’d come back to life on the third day.
Matthew 16:21 says, “Jesus began to tell his disciples plainly that it was necessary for him to go to Jerusalem, and that he would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day he would be raised from the dead.” However, many of them forgot that.