Have you ever presented an object lesson to a class and had as much fun as the kids? I have and what an experience! There is nothing like seeing the “light bulbs” come on and hearing kids say, “Now I get it.” When I have success delivering God-moments to my children’s ministry, I write it down, including details about the lesson. Over the years, I have gathered my favorite wild object lessons into a binder but these object lessons are my absolute favorite.
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The Wild Thing
The book of James has some great teaching on the importance of controlling your tongue—a lesson we can all use. Before the object lesson, I placed fresh batteries in a Bumble Ball, a shaky toy for toddlers. I placed the toy in a lidded, brown gift box. For this object lesson, I used the box to draw kids’ interest. I told the children that inside the box I had captured the wildest creature they had ever seen. I slipped my hand in the box, acted as if the creature attacked me, (nicely, of course) turning the toy on.
Holding the lid in place, I let kids hold the box and guess what was inside. After everyone held the box, I turned off the toy discreetly and began to teach from James.
I asked kids what animals they had seen in the zoo. What animals have people tamed? The list was long, lions, tigers, a whale even dinosaurs. Then we read from the passage and kids discovered the answer.
We talked about tongues and how difficult it was to control our mouths.
Donning a lab coat and plastic goggles, I spent an exciting morning smashing things. I based my lesson on Jeremiah 29:32 focusing on the Word of God as a hammer. We took kids church outside for the day and lay tarps down to make clean up easy. I had a variety of foods, a balloon and other items to use as smashing subjects. I told kids that my rubber mallet was like the Word of God. It smashes the enemies’ lies and keeps us free. I made a negative statement, applying it to myself, then gave the kids the truth about what the Word of God says. For example, I said, “I’m so dumb — I can’t remember anything.” I placed a banana on the covered table and quoted a scripture that refuted that false statement. I tried to choose relatable quotes that kids might say themselves.
After a smashing day, kids felt empowered and excited about learning scriptures.
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