In this Bible activity, the children will make writing appear with water and crayons to show that even when we try to cover up our lies, God sees through it all.
Preparation: Mix a drop of blue food coloring and the cup of water in a resealable plastic bag.
Say: Mandy had a problem. She had borrowed her sister’s china animals for Show and Tell without asking anyone. On the way home, Mandy dropped the bag of animals. Every miniature animal was shattered. Mandy swept all the broken pieces back into the bag and hid it under her bed before her sister got home. When her mom asked her what she used for Show and Tell, Mandy told her mom that she showed the class her seashells.
Ask: What did Mandy say that she brought to class?
Write “seashells” in orange on the paper. Have each child scribble over the word “seashells” with the blue crayon. Tell children that the blue marks they make are like the lies Mandy told to cover up what she had done. While each child is scribbling, ask him or her why Mandy lied.
After each child has had a turn, say: Mandy took her sister’s animals and broke them. Then she lied to cover up her mistake. We often lie to hide another sin, just as the word “seashells” is hiding under the marks you made. But God has very special eyes. He can see right through our lies.
Take the bag of blue water, and lay it over the paper. Let the kids see the words pop out.
Read Genesis 18:15 and ask:
- Why did Sarah lie?
- How is that like Mandy’s problem?
- How are the marks we made with blue crayons like Mandy’s lie?
- What can you do if you are afraid to tell the truth?
Say: Mandy lied about the animals because she was afraid of the consequences from breaking them. “Consequences” means what happens to you for doing something. Mandy will have to suffer the consequences of breaking the animals and now also for lying. If you lie, you need to be truthful as soon as possible. God can see through all our lies anyway! Most people will be happy to forgive you. It’s always best to tell the truth