Use these 8 science object lessons for children’s ministry to plug into kids’ curiosity about the way things work–and connect them to God.
With the controversy of evolution versus creationism, we Christians sometimes shun science completely — as though its very existence threatens our faith. So we give science the short end of the stick when it comes to teaching kids about God. By doing that, we miss out on the cool things we can do with simple science. Science has some of the most creative, visual, and impactful ways to involve kids in God’s truth.
Helping kids bridge the gap between concrete experience and abstract thinking can be tough. Through the following eight experiences, though, you can lead kids to discovery — real discovery — about who they are and what God’s plans are for them.
So don your lab coats and protective eyewear. Welcome to the amazing world of science — God style!
Holy Pokes Find out what happens when you puncture a bag filled with water.
Materials: You’ll need a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag, a pitcher of water, and four sharpened pencils. You may want to give each child a resealable bag to try the experiment at home.
Theme: God’s grace
Scripture: Romans 8:28
Age Level: 6 to 12
Prep Time: Five minutes
Activity Time: 15 minutes
You’ll need an extra set of hands to assist with this experiment. Fill the resealable bag with water and seal it.
Hold up the bag and a pencil. Ask, “What happens if you poke a pencil through a bag of water like this? Will the water pour out? Why or why not?”
Say, “Let’s see what happens. I’m going to stick this pencil right through the bag. I hope you don’t get wet!”
Hold the bag right over kids’ heads. Stick the pencil through one side of the bag and out the other, and leave it in place. The pencil will act as a plug so water won’t leak through.
Say, “What do you think will happen if I keep sticking in pencils? Let’s try it with the rest of the pencils to see if it always works.”
Poke the rest of the pencils through the bag in the same manner, leaving them in place. The bag won’t leak.
Ask, “Can you explain why the bag isn’t leaking?”
Say, “The pencils work like a plug to stop the water from pouring out.”
“Sometimes bad things happen in our lives. Kind of like these sharp pencils, they seem to poke right through us and hurt us.”
Read aloud the Scripture. Say, “God doesn’t cause bad things, but he uses even bad things for our good. Like the bag uses the sharp pencils to block the holes so they don’t leak, God takes the bad things in our lives, the things that hurt us, and uses them to help us be stronger.”
Tell about a time when God used a bad thing in your life for good.
Say, “Just like it’s hard to understand why the bag didn’t leak, it’s hard to understand how God can possibly bring good out of some of the bad things that happen to us. Sometimes we don’t understand it for a long time to come, but we can trust that God loves us and is taking care of us.” -Laurie Edwards Lebanon, New Hampshire