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God of Wonders

Sue Kahawaii

Here are 10 wonder-filled, hands-on experiments for kids -- to illuminate God's powerful presence in kids' lives.
Faith and science have a lot in common. Both can be messy, explosive, and mysterious. Kids question both, test both, and ponder the wonder of things that, at first glance, might not make much sense. In the process of learning about science, kids are quickly captivated, embarking on their own discoveries. So goes faith: Once kids get a taste of our intriguing, real-deal God, they just can't get enough.

Science is God-inspired, and it's a lot of fun. So why not tap into your kids' natural curiosity to help them discover fascinating scientific facts -- while at the same time growing their understanding of biblical truths? Come on -- grab your lab coat! We've got 10 experiments for kids to help them discover how their faith connects with the wonders of God's amazing universe.

Calm in the Storm

Build a tornado tube to remind kids they can rely on God in any situation.

Bible Connect: Luke 8:22-25
Best for: Ages 8 to 12
Stuff Per Group: Two 2-liter plastic soft drink bottles, water, one 1-inch metal washer, duct tape, food coloring, and glitter.

The Experiment

Say: Let's recreate a terrifying force in nature to see how it works.

Fill one bottle two-thirds full with water. Add food coloring and glitter to the water. Put the metal washer on the bottle mouth, then place the second bottle upside down on the first bottle so the mouths are connected by the washer. Tightly wrap several layers of duct tape around the bottle mouths to secure them, creating a tornado tube. Test the tube to ensure no water leaks. Turn the bottle over, start the tornado by swirling the top bottle, and watch the water simulate a tornado as it swirls down.

Scientific Facts: Water swirling in the tube is similar to the vortex of a tornado. The water spirals down, moving the glitter with it -- just like a tornado moves objects in its path. The largest tornado recorded to date: May 22, 2004, in Wilber, Nebraska at 2.5 miles wide!

Talk About It: Have kids talk about how they'd feel if they were in a tornado and then describe a situation when they were afraid. Ask: What made that situation scary? What did you do? Read the Scripture. Have you ever felt like the disciples did? How easy or difficult is it to trust God when you're afraid? Why? What's a good way to remember we can trust God the next time we feel afraid?

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