Baking Soda Bible Object Lessons about Anger & Self-Control

Baking Soda Object Lessons about Anger & Self-Control

When looking for Bible object lessons, I often migrate to the pantry and fridge. Most of these items are inexpensive and easy to purchase if you need them on the fly. Baking soda has many great properties, making it the perfect item for a children’s ministry object lesson. Put one of these two baking soda lessons to use your church! They are safe but may be messy so prepare the demonstration area.

Object Lesson About Self-Control

You will need the following supplies to demonstrate this object lesson:

  • A clear drinking glass
  • Liquid dishwashing detergent
  • 2 tbsp of baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Baking pan

Say: Men and women have trained wild animals like elephants, tigers and even lions but it is much more difficult to tame a part of your body—the tongue! Everyone gets angry but some of don’t have much self-control when we have these strong feelings. It’s easy to allow anger to grow and then you blurt out something you regret later. According to James 3:2-8, we must not sin when we feel angry. Let me show you what I mean.

Demonstrate: Place the baking pan on the table to catch the overflowing experiment. Place the glass in the center of the pan and fill it nearly full with warm/hot water. If you like, drip two drops of food coloring in the water. Now add three to four drops of liquid detergent. Sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Here comes the fun part—pour in the vinegar! You’ll see it bubble up!

Say: We are like the water. The baking soda is like our anger. The vinegar is our self control. If we don’t get self-control working properly, it will cause us to do the wrong thing. God’s plan is better; stop, pray and walk away!

You might also enjoy our game about self-control and some more self-control object lessons. Younger kids will enjoy this free coloring page about self-control.

The Shiny Coin

Here’s what you need:

  • Dirty silver quarters or half-dollars
  • Baking soda
  • Cup of water
  • Micofiber cloth

Say: The Bible says when we are away from God we are like a lost coin. (Luke 15: 8-10) God is always looking for us. When he finds us, He will clean us up and make us righteous. Don’t you want God to clean you up? Let me show you what I mean.

Demonstrate: Spread the dirty coins on the microfiber cloth. Show the kids how dirty they are. (If you can’t find dirty coins, dirty them yourself with a little mud or chocolate pudding.) Dip your fingers in some water then take a pinch of baking soda. Rub it on the surface of the coin to remove the dirt. Explain to kids that God’s Spirit and His Word are like the baking soda—they clean us up! The dirt is sin. Keep shining up the coins using water and baking soda until half the coins are clean. Ask the kids which coins they want to be!

Don’t miss our video demonstration the making pennies clean object lesson.


  1. FireWolf says

    Thanks I have to teach a bunch of middle schoolers with very short attention spans this should make them pay attention to the lesson.

  2. Christy Lyn Nasalga says

    I just love this website. :) me too, I’ve learned something and how should a teacher would be in Sunday School. God Bless. More power.. :)

  3. Ann Reynolds says

    Amazing. So fantastic to engage so many of the senses….Once you engaged the senses in this manner….Children or adults will never forget.

  4. Silvia Tome says

    Thank you so much, great ideas. I’ll share them with sunday school teachers.
    Silvia Tome – Missionary to Mexico

  5. Rachel says

    It was an awesome lesson! I did the Object Lesson on Self Control last Sunday, and the kids LOVED it (not to mention I did too!)

  6. says

    I really need these lessons to teach my 15 preschoolers (4-5 year-olds) about self-control; which seems non-existent in the lives of children these days. i am excited to begin these lessons. Thank-you!

  7. chris denard says

    I love it. My grandkids are living with me now and I can use this to minster to them. In fact we will do this example for our devotion tonight. Thanks for all.

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