When you need a filler activity in your schedule, you can’t go wrong with apple Bible object lessons. Besides cutting an apple in half to demonstrate the trinity, you can also teach a wormy lesson on sin and a lesson about the outer appearance. The first object lesson is pretty simple but the second one may take some preparation so do plan ahead.
Apples Have Worms
Before class, bore a small hole into the side of an apple. Poke a half a gummy worm into the hole. Place the apple on a table but turn it so the wormy side is hidden from the class.
Say, “Yummy, look at this delicious apple. It’s red, shiny and perfect. If we bite into this apple, we will discover it is crisp, slightly moist and refreshing. It’s also good for you. Who likes apples?” (Wait for kids to respond.)
“I think I’ll take a big old bite out of this apple. Oh no! I found something!” (Turn the apple around. “What’s this? It looks like a worm. Now this is a candy worm but apples can have real worms in them. Who wants to eat a wormy apple? (Wait for responses.)
“Well we can’t eat this wormy apple. This reminds me of something I read in the Bible. Sometimes, things look okay in your life but slowly, sin creeps in and we don’t even realize it. We don’t want to end up like this wormy apple—don’t let sin sneak in. Let’s check our hearts with a prayer and remove the sin/worms today. We want to have good fruit for God and others!”
Pick an apple and onion about the same size. Poke an apple skewer into the top of each. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave and pour the melted chocolate over both fruit and vegetable. Place the apple and onion on wax paper first to avoid making a mess. Both the fruit and vegetable should be covered completely. Allow them to harden before using them for your object lesson.
“Yum! Look what we have today for a snack. Don’t they look delicious? Before we slice these open and share them, I want to talk to you about an important passage in the Bible. Jesus said these words so they must be really special.” (Read Matthew 23:27)
“The Lord Jesus recognized that these teachers pretended to be righteous but hidden under their fine clothing and jewelry, they were wicked. Jesus warned the people that they should worry about what’s on the inside, not on how we look on the outside.”
“To show you what I mean, I am going to cut these two open.” (Cut the onion and apple in half.)
“Uh oh. It looks these aren’t both apples. Who wants to snack on a chocolate covered onion? (Wait for a response.) Who wants the apple treat? (Wait for hands.) Me too! However, I was sure tricked, weren’t you? We have to look at people like God looks at them. Let’s eat our snack!”
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