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Sticky Friends

This sticky activity helps kids appreciate the gift of friends.

Bible Connect: Proverbs 18:24

Best for: Ages 6 to 12

Stuff for Each Child: A balloon and small scraps of paper or threads.

The Experiment: Ask: Can an invisible bond  make everyday objects stick together?
Inflate a balloon and tie it. Rub it on your clothing, and stick it to a wall. Rub the balloon more, and hold it over small pieces of paper or thread. The objects will stick to the balloon.

Scientific Facts: The balloons stick to objects because when two objects are rubbed together, one becomes positively charged and the other becomes negatively charged, forming static electricity. The balloon is positively charged and will attract objects that are negatively charged.

Talk About It: Ask: Why did some things stick and others didn't? Read the Scripture. How was this experiment like or unlike our friendships? What qualities do you look for in a friend? Have you experienced friendships that didn't stick? Explain. What qualities form lasting friendships? What makes Jesus our forever friend? How can you be a friend who, like Jesus, sticks with someone no matter what?

This article is part of God of Wonders as seen in Children's Ministry Magazine. Don't miss another issue. Subscribe today!

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