Multi-tasking at work, at home and for God’s kingdom isn’t always easy. Use this fun elementary object lesson to teach kids their highest priority…and don’t forget to bring a vacuum along!
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God”—1 Corinthians 10:31.
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You may also want to have a vacuum cleaner handy.
Elementary Object Lesson: Two Things at Once
Say: Sometimes it’s hard to do two things at once. For example, it takes a little bit of practice to rub your belly and pat your head all at the same time. Let’s try it.
Have the children rub their bellies and pat their heads.
Say: That’s pretty hard. Some people can do it, and some people never can get the hang of it. For some people, it’s even hard to chew gum and walk at the same time. Some things are tough to do when you’re already doing something else. I’ve got another tough one for us to try. Let’s see if any of us can eat a cracker and whistle at the same time.
Hand out crackers to anyone who wants to try. Have volunteers chew up a cracker and then try to whistle before they’ve swallowed the cracker. This is great fun because the children won’t be able to whistle without blowing cracker crumbs out of their mouths. Children may be a little reluctant at first, but as soon as one child has tried it, most of the other children will be eager to have a turn.
Say: That was a lot of fun! It’s next to impossible to whistle with cracker crumbs in your mouth. But there are other things we do all at the same time without even thinking about it. For example, no matter what you’re doing, your heart is beating. There are a few people who have great control over their bodies. These people can slow their heart rate, but their hearts never stop. Let’s see if we can do it.
Have everyone try to slow their heartbeats down. Then ask:
- How did that go?
- Could you slow down your heart?
Say: Here’s another one. No matter what, you can’t go for more than a minute or so without breathing. We never have to remind ourselves to breathe—it just happens no matter what else we’re doing. There’s a verse in the Bible that talks about doing more than one thing at the same time. Let’s read it together. Distribute Bibles. Have the children look up 1 Corinthians 10:31, and read it together. Ask:
- What do you think this verse means?
- How can we glorify God when we’re doing such basic things as eating and drinking?
- Is it really possible to glorify God no matter what we’re doing? How?
- Why does God want us to glorify him all the time?
Say: Let’s practice the verse. Each of us will have a chance to think of something we do in the course of our lives. Next, we’ll all act it out and then say the verse together.
Have children each think of an action such as brushing their teeth, waiting for the bus, doing their homework, or playing a part in the school play. Let the entire class act it out. Then have everyone recite the verse together. Before going on to the next child’s suggestion, ask:
- How can you glorify God while you’re doing that?
You might want to vacuum the cracker crumbs from the floor after this activity.
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