Object Lessons Zone

Getting children to understand spiritual truth is like threading a needle...

It is easier to get a camel through the eye of a needle than for...

I don't mean to string you along, or hem you in, but the point of this Zone is to thread together all of the object lessons we've knitted together in this site. So don't get all wound up or get yourself in a ball just cut loose and tie these object lessons into the next yarn you are teaching. I know these puns are piercing, but like the man of the cloth said, "You reap what you sew!" Or sew they say!

See also: Why I Believe In Object Lessons by Barney Kinard

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All Access Gideons story

This is an easy idea, can be adapted for your kids service. You tell the story, as the kids act it out on stage, have them dressed up. Have them do the motions, the faces, some of the words, as you direct them all. Good, easy way to tell the story of Gideon!

Gideon's story
All Access God can use small people for BIG jobs!

God can use small people for BIG jobs!

All Access God sees something BIG inside of you!

God sees something BIG inside of you!

All Access Great Gifts

What is the greatest gift you've ever gotten - what's the worst? Here's the best! This is a great opener for a lesson on salvation or on the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the Greatest Gift
All Access Heaven and Earth Will Pass Away

All that we see and know will one day go away - but God's Word lasts forever.

God's Word
All Access How Sweet He Is!

Teaching kids to share and witness about Jesus.

All Access If You Bring a Friend You Can Pick My Nose

I offer prizes to all of the kids who bring guests and to their guests using a giant foam nose. Both the guest and the child who brings the guest get to pick from prizes that I've inserted in the giant foam nose.

All Access Illustrating the Trinity

Taking the three parts of Trinity and getting the children to understand how this works.

All Access John the Baptist Prepares the Way

I have my 6th grade helpers act this out although you could use leaders or puppets.

A short skit about J the B's ministry
All Access Keeping it Fresh

Food is needed for survival. God's Word is our spiritual 'food' and we need it fresh every day to survive.

Reading God's Word
All Access Oobleck to Flubber

Using a science lesson to illustrate who we are in Christ and "I can do all things through Christ".

Who we are in Christ
All Access 'Out of Style'

Too many things go out of style - God's Word never goes out of style.

God's Word
All Access Perfect in God's Eyes

Showing how accepting Jesus into your heart makes you perfect in God's eyes. Now you can get to heaven because Jesus' blood takes away your sins.

Accepting Jesus
All Access Power of sin

A science-based experiment gone bad used it to talk about the destructive power of sin

Sin, Destruction, Power of Words
All Access Right with God

Easy to do, not much prep, kids think it's great!

Jesus, Sin, Adam, Right, God
All Access Roller Coaster Tycoon

Using the computer game Roller Coaster Tycoon Leader will build a faulty roller coaster (due to following the advice and help of others instead of following the PLAN in the manual) Help kids discover that God has a plan for their life and how they can get "off track" from that plan and how to stay on track.

God Has a Plan for Your Life
All Access Small, Medium or Large?

God expects us to live for Him no matter what our size is.

1 Timothy 4:12
All Access The Body Of Christ

What does it mean to be a part of the body of Christ? Mr. Potato Head knows.

1 Cor. 12:1-27
All Access The Pearl

To show kids that they must seek God with all of their heart and once we find our salvation, that we must treat it like it is the greatest thing that we have. Matthew 13:44-46

The value of our salvation
All Access The Sin Box

When we sin, we are bound by that sin. Jesus wants us to be free.

All Access The Value of Training

This cup stacking illustrative lesson encourages kids to compare and appreciate the value of training to be godly vs. training to be a great cup stacker.

Training to be godly
All Access Three Hearts One Love

Proposition: Because our heart is wicked, Jesus changes our hearts Big Idea: Our Hearts are yucky and empty without Jesus

Valentines Day
All Access Trinity and a Banana

Object lesson that explains the Trinity

All Access Walking in Faith

A high-interest activity that emphasizes how we exercise our faith.

How do we experience our faith
All Access Practice Makes Perfect

Just as you have to practice everyday to get good at a sport, you have to read your Bible every day to become a better Christian!

Bible reading
All Access A Clean Heart

This lesson can be used to talk about forgiveness and salvation.

God'd forgiveness
Starter A HAND in Prayer

Teaching young children to remember what to pray for by using each finger to represent something.

All Access A Special Purpose

This cup stacking object lesson is intended to show children how special they are to God and lead them to respond to the Gospel.

God's Design
All Access A Theology for Using Gospel Magic

Is there a Biblical basis for using magic tricks in evangelism? Yes! If we understand that magic tricks are a kind of visual aid. More conventional visual aids in evangelism tends to include story telling, drama, pictures and objects. Alongside these latter visual aids I would include magic tricks as being a legitimate means of illustration.

All Access A Walk On the Beach

What do you look for when you visit a beach? Sandcastles, shells, or maybe a nice area to enjoy the day? Jesus took a walk on the beach at the Sea of Galilee. Let's find out what he was looking for?

Jesus chooses his disciples
All Access All Things are Possible with God

God has the power to do all things. We are powerless, but God’s power protects those He loves, for all things are possible with God.

God's Strength
All Access Anger: Don't Pass It, Don't Cover It

Object lessons on helping kids deal with their angry feelings. Some of these illustrations have been used by others as well.

All Access Are You Truly Born Again?

This object lesson explains to children that just because someone says that they are a Christian doesn't necessarily mean that they are part of the true Church (the body of Christ) and have been born again of His Spirit.

Free Be a Blow Pop Not a Dum Dum

When Jesus comes into our lives, we get something special. You can be one of two suckers: a Blow Pop or a Dum Dum.

All Access Beautiful Feet

"Beautiful Feet" lesson ideas all related to witnessing and/or missions.

Evangelism / Missions
All Access Build A Church

We were doing a series on giving and this is an object lesson that shows the importance of everyone doing their part.

Giving, Stewardship
All Access Can you see your light?

This great object lesson will teach your children about how sin keeps our light from shining! So awesome!

All Access Can't Separate

This object lesson is to talk about how God designed marriage to be forever. This could also be adapted to deal with other topics by changing the Scripture focus.

All Access Cemetery Night

A clever way to present the Gospel on Halloween night. Biblical references are used to disprove the lies Satan and his demons tell us.

Gospel message
All Access Chocolate Bar Wrappers

Do we spend more time worrying about our outsides than our insides? The things on the inside are the things God wants from us. One day, when we stand in front of God, He won’t care what we are wearing or how we look. He will want to know did we ‘seek serve and follow’ Jesus? (Matthew 6:33)

Christian Life
All Access Christian Tug of War

An object lesson that illustrates what "power tools" are needed to combat Satan and sin.

Christian Power Tools
All Access Christians Are Like Pumpkins

Christians are really like pumpkins.

Christian Life
All Access Cleansing Heart

Kids will learn that when they confess their sins and "bring it to the cross" that Jesus wipes away their sins.

God's Awesome Love
All Access Curdled Milk!

Just because we put on a good front, go to church and make people think we are serving God, doesn't always mean it's true.

Christian Walk, Fruit
All Access Do You Have Your Racing Armor On?

A comparrison of Ephesians 6:11-17 and a race driver's uniform and equipment. Also included is a "wordless book" using the flags that the race starter uses.

AWANA Grand Prix
All Access Don't Be Fooled by the Wrapper

The world and our Enemy try to deceive us by making sin look yummy, but in the end it tastes horrible!

Bible, Sin
All Access Easter Children's Message

Use cleaning supplies to talk about making things clean, and "justification" being the lesson of Easter.

All Access Eat Dirt

Learn that what looks bad, may be God's plan for good. We need to trust God to work things out for our best. Romans 8:28

All Access Exploding Playdoh

Demonstrate how Playdoh is "conformed" then show it "transformed" as a balloon inflates itself from inside the Playdoh.

Be Transformed
All Access Explosive Power

A fun and easy way to explain the explosive power of the Holy Spirit.

Power of Holy Spirit
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