God of Wonders

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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.

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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

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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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