“The Holy Spirit Mystery” Bible Lesson for Kids

Holy Spirit Bible lessons for childrenThis is the first in a series of four Bible lessons for children teaching them about the Holy Spirit.  Click here to see the series index.

This lesson first prepared for a Children’s Church setting, but would be ideal for a kids Sunday School.  Through object lessons, a small group study of multiple verses, and a memory verse game, students will learn who the Holy Spirit is, as part of the Trinity of God.

Bible Story: “The Holy Spirit?  An Egg-citing Mystery”
Scripture: Multiple scriptures explaining the Holy Spirit; focus on Isaiah 9:6
Target Age Group: 1st – 6th grade
Time: 45-60 Minutes

Introduction: As you ask the students the following questions, be the first to raise your hand to encourage their own participation. How many of us have ever done something wrong?  How many of us felt sorry about it?  How many of us have ever been brave when we could have been afraid?  How many of us need help making the right decisions?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you may have had a little help from the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit, you say?  Who is He anyway?  What does He do?  Is He an egg?  Did He come from a chicken?  Is He like water?  Or is He like the wind? Maybe you’ve heard these comparisons before.  So how do you get Him?  Will He give us super powers?  (I have always wanted to ________ (fly, walk through walls, throw spider webs on bad people, turn my brother into a kitten, etc.)

Let’s discover more about Him today!

Learning Activity #1:  “The Holy Spirit: Like an Egg, Water, or Wind?”  (Object Lesson)

Holy Spirit object lesson using an Egg

Supplies needed: an egg, a bowl, and a towel for your hands, clear cup or bottle of water, ice cubes

Okay.  We know Who God is.  He created us.  We know Who Jesus is.  He saved us.  So who is the Holy Spirit anyway?

Some of you have heard that God is three persons in one. God is the Father, the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  How can we explain it?  Well, this egg right here has three parts.  There is the shell, (crack open), the yolk, and the white stuff.  It has three parts, but it is still one egg.

Or, we could use the water analogy.  There is water in its liquid form (pour or drink), there is water in its solid form which we call ice (show cubes), and there is water as a gas which we call water vapor.  That’s the steam that fogs the mirror in your bathroom when it’s hot in there.

You may have also heard that the Holy Spirit is like the wind.  The wind comes and goes as it pleases, but we never actually see the wind itself.  We see its affects when the branches sway, leaves blow, and when your cat gets launched across the yard in a really bad storm.  The Holy Spirit is kind of like the wind.  You can’t see Him, but you do see His affects in people’s lives.

God is three persons in one.  We explain that by using the three parts of the egg and the three forms of water.  We explain the Holy Spirit as one of these parts and also like the wind.  But, He is NOT like an egg, water, or the wind in any other way.   He is a mystery.  He is not like anything we know.  We can’t draw Him, explain Him, or compare Him.  But we can trust Him and we can know that He is good.

So if He’s so hard to understand, what do we know about Him then?

Learning Activity #2:  “Crack the Code” (Small Groups)

Supplies needed:  Bibles (one for each team), pencils, fill in the blank statements; Optional:  statements written on small slips of paper and put into plastic eggs for fun

Divide your students up into small groups of varying age levels and abilities.  There should be three to a group.  Designate the following roles or have the students select:  the reader (reads the passage), the writer (fills in the blanks), and the presenter (tells their team’s findings.)

Clearly explain student roles and the importance of working together as detectives, solving a puzzle. Distribute materials.

1.      Who is the Holy Spirit?  (Isaiah 9:6)

The Son (Jesus) is called Wonderful _____________, ___________ God, ______________   ______________, and __________ of Peace.  The Holy Spirit is a part of the Trinity of God.

2.      How do you get the Holy Spirit?  (Acts 2:38)

___________ of your sins.  This means to turn from sin, to change direction from wrong to right, and to follow Jesus.

3.      Where does He live?  (John 14:16-17)

The Father will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of ___________.  The world will not accept Him, but you know Him because He lives with _______ and will be in you.

4.      What does the Holy Spirit do in our lives?  (Acts 1:8)

You will receive ________ when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the _________ of the earth. (He gives us courage to tell about Jesus!)

5.      What does the Holy Spirit do in our lives?  (John 14:26)

The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, will ___________ us all things and will remind us of everything He has said to us.

6.      What does the Holy Spirit do in our lives?  (John 14:27)

He gives us ________.  We do not have to be troubled or afraid.

7.      What does the Holy Spirit do in our lives?  (John 16:8)

He  _________ the world of guilt.  That means that He makes us sorry for our sin.

8.  What does the Holy Spirit do in our lives?  (Galatians 5:22-23)

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, ________, patience, ________, goodness, faithfulness, ____________ and self control.  (We become people who have these characteristics in our lives.)

Give students time to work in their teams.  Help as necessary.  Regroup to go over each team’s findings.  Have the presenters read each question and answer.  Clarify as needed.  Celebrate students’ efforts when finished.

Learning Activity #3: “Don’t Drop that Egg!”  (Memory Verse Game)

Supplies Needed:  plastic egg (or hard-boiled egg), spoons (1 for each student), Isaiah 9:6b posted, large enough for students to see

Practice Isaiah 9:6 (the second part) with the students multiple times.  Discuss how Jesus is referred to as God and the Holy Spirit, emphasizing the Trinity, and briefly explaining the names of God.

Once students get a grip on the verse, divide into two teams (we had the eggs and the chickens).  Each team should be split in half, across the room from their teammates in a straight line.

Demonstrate balancing an egg on a spoon, walking it across to the teammate first in line, saying the verse, and handing off the egg carefully.  The student receiving the egg then walks across the room to say the verse and give it to the next person in line.  If a student drops an egg, have them pick it up quickly and continue playing.  Play continues until all students have received a turn.

The first team finished should sit down to signal their completion.  Play the game again if time remains.

For more help, read this post by Justin Taylor about explaining the Trinity to a child. You may also find the Big Thoughts series of books helpful.


Comments

  1. Cathy says

    Thank you so much for posting this about the holy spirit. Our Sunday school teacher had a death in the family and I had less than 24 hrs to put together everything for class, this was the most helpful children’s ministry I have found. Thank you for being a blessing.
    Sunday school class

  2. Amy Leak says

    we are going to use this series in our homeschooling lesson this month, thank you for posting, your website is a great place for wonderful resources and we are really thankful.

  3. Ginny Fouts says

    “I’m not smarter than a grade school kid” …. I do appreciate and love your lessons for children. I am puzzled though with the object lesson for the Holy Spirit…I have tried the one where you call for paper towel, 2 cups or glasses (do not know why 2 cups or glasses? as you never say use the second cup for anything) and a tub of water. Gathered the objects, filled the tub, got 2 large cups, put paper towel in the cup, set it in the water and it went immediately on it’s side and got the paper towel wet. I don’t get it. What am I missing for this object lesson? I can’t explain something that don’t work for the kids. Do both cups get put in the water, one with towel and the other no towel? Please make the object lesson clear for me. Please e-mail me an answer. It’ll be too late for me to use this time, but maybe next time it’ll make sense.

  4. Nuria says

    Do you guys have all these lesson plans in spanish? I can’t find them anywhere… I would love to teach them in our church in Spain but not all of our teachers can speak english. Please let me know because I am looking for a new curriculum to start on september and unfortunately ther is not much in spanish…
    thank you so much,

      • Whitney says

        I don’t know if this helps but I copied and pasted this lesson into the bing.com translater.

        “El misterio del Espíritu Santo” lección de la Biblia para niños
        03 De noviembre de 2010 por Kristin Charles 31 Comentarios imprimir favorable impresión amigable
        Lecciones de la Biblia del Espíritu Santo para childrenThis es el primero de una serie de cuatro lecciones bíblicas para niños enseñándoles acerca del Espíritu Santo. Haga clic aquí para ver el índice de la serie.

        Esta lección primero preparado para iglesia infantil establecer, pero sería lo ideal para una escuela dominical para los niños. A través de clases de objeto, un grupo pequeño de estudio de varios versos y un juego de verso de memoria, los estudiantes aprenderán que es el Espíritu Santo, como parte de la Trinidad de Dios.

        ¿Historia de la Biblia: “el Espíritu Santo? Un misterio de huevo-citando”
        Escritura: Múltiples escrituras explicando el Espíritu Santo; centrarse en Isaías 9:6
        Grupo de edad objetivo: 1 º – 6th grade
        Tiempo: 45-60 minutos

        Introducción: Como usted pida a los estudiantes las siguientes preguntas, ser el primero en levantar la mano para estimular su propia participación. ¿Cuántos de nosotros han hecho algo malo? ¿Cuántos de nosotros se sentía apenado por eso? ¿Cuántos de nosotros ha sido valientes cuando podríamos haber sido miedos? ¿Cuántos de nosotros necesitan ayuda para hacer las decisiones correctas?

        Si respondiste Si a cualquiera de esas preguntas, pueden tener un poco de ayuda del Espíritu Santo. ¿El Espíritu Santo, dices? ¿Quién es él? ¿Qué hace? ¿Es un huevo? ¿Ha salido un pollo? ¿Es como el agua? ¿O es como el viento? Quizás has oído estas comparaciones antes. ¿Cómo lo consigues? ¿Nos dará superpoderes? (Siempre he querido ___ (volar, atravesar paredes, lanzar telarañas en malas personas, convertir mi hermano en un gatito, etc.).

        Vamos a descubrir más acerca de él hoy!

        Actividad #1 de aprendizaje: “el Espíritu Santo: como un huevo, agua o viento?” (Lección)

        Espíritu Santo lección usando un huevo
        Suministros necesarios: un huevo, un plato y una toalla para manos, clara copa o botella de agua, cubos de hielo

        Está bien. Sabemos quien es Dios. Él nos creó. Sabemos que Jesús es. Él nos salvó. ¿Quién es el Espíritu Santo?

        Algunos de ustedes han oído que Dios es tres personas en uno. Dios es el padre, el hijo de Jesús y el Espíritu Santo. ¿Cómo lo explicamos? Bueno, este huevo aquí tiene tres partes. Hay la cáscara, (crack abierto), la yema y la cosa blanca. Tiene tres partes, pero todavía es un huevo.

        O, podríamos usar la analogía del agua. Hay agua en su forma líquida (pour o bebida), hay agua en su forma sólida que llamamos hielo (cubos de mostrar), y hay agua como un gas que llamamos vapor de agua. Es el vapor que empaña el espejo en el baño cuando hace calor ahí dentro.

        También puede haber oído que el Espíritu Santo es como el viento. El viento va y viene como le plazca, pero en realidad nunca vemos el mismo viento. Vemos sus efectos cuando mecen las ramas, hojas de golpe, y cuando tu gato se pone lanzó a través de la yarda en una terrible tormenta. El Espíritu Santo es como el viento. No puedes verlo, pero puedes ver sus efectos en las vidas de la gente.

        Dios son tres personas en uno. Explicamos mediante el uso de las tres partes del huevo y las tres formas de agua. Explicamos el Espíritu Santo como una de estas partes y también como el viento. Pero, no es como un huevo, agua o el viento de cualquier otra manera. Es un misterio. No es como nada sabemos. No podemos atraerlo, lo explican o compararlo. Pero nosotros podemos confiar en él y podemos saber que es bueno.

        ¿Si es tan difícil de entender, ¿qué sabemos sobre él entonces?

        Actividad de aprendizaje #2: “descifrar el código” (grupos pequeños)

        Suministros necesarios: Biblias (uno para cada equipo), lápices, rellenar las declaraciones en blanco; Opcional: declaraciones escritas en pequeños pedazos de papel y poner en huevos de plásticos para la diversión

        Dividir los estudiantes en grupos pequeños de diferentes niveles de edad y habilidades. Debería haber tres a un grupo. Designar los siguientes roles o pida a los estudiantes seleccionar: el lector (Lee el paso), el escritor (llena los espacios en blanco) y el presentador (dice los resultados de su equipo).

        Explicar claramente roles del estudiante y la importancia de trabajar juntos como detectives, resolviendo un rompecabezas. Distribuir materiales.

        1. ¿Quién es el Espíritu Santo? (Isaías 9:6)

        El hijo (Jesús) se llama ___ ___ maravilloso Dios y ___ ___ ___ de paz. El Espíritu Santo es una parte de la Trinidad de Dios.

        2. ¿Cómo el Espíritu Santo? (Hechos 2:38)

        ___ de tus pecados. Esto significa a apartarnos del pecado, para cambiar la dirección del mal a la derecha y seguir a Jesús.

        3. ¿Dónde vive? (Juan 14:16-17)

        El padre os dará otro consolador estar contigo para siempre – el espíritu de ___. El mundo no lo aceptará, pero lo conoces porque vive con ___ y estará en vosotros.

        4. ¿Qué hace el Espíritu Santo en nuestras vidas? (Hechos 1:8)

        Usted recibirá ___ cuando el Espíritu Santo viene sobre ti; y serán mis testigos en Jerusalén, Judea y Samaria y al ___ de la tierra. (Nos da coraje para decir acerca de Jesús).

        5. ¿Qué hace el Espíritu Santo en nuestras vidas? (John 14:26)
        El consejero, el Espíritu Santo, será ___ nosotros todas las cosas y nos recordará todo lo que él nos ha dicho.

        6. ¿Qué hace el Espíritu Santo en nuestras vidas? (John 14:27)
        Nos da ___. No tenemos problemas o miedo.

        7. ¿Qué hace el Espíritu Santo en nuestras vidas? (John 8:16)
        Él ___ el mundo de la culpa. Eso significa que él nos hace perdón por nuestro pecado.

        8. ¿Qué hace el Espíritu Santo en nuestras vidas? (Gálatas 5:22-23)
        El fruto del espíritu es amor, gozo, ___, paciencia, ___, bondad, fidelidad, ___ y autocontrol. (Nos convertimos en personas que tienen estas características en nuestras vidas).

        Dan los estudiantes tiempo para trabajar en su equipo. Ayuda según sea necesario. Reagruparse para repasar los resultados de cada equipo. Tienen los presentadores leído cada pregunta y respuesta. Aclarar según sea necesario. Celebrar la labor de los estudiantes cuando haya terminado.
        Actividad de aprendizaje #3: “no tires ese huevo!” (Juego del versículo de memoria)
        Suministros necesarios: huevo de plástico (o huevo duro), cucharas (1 para cada estudiante), Isaías 9:6b publicada, lo suficientemente grande como para que los estudiantes ver
        Practicar Isaías 9:6 (segunda parte) con los alumnos varias veces. Discutir cómo se refiere Jesús como Dios y el Espíritu Santo, haciendo hincapié en la Trinidad y explicando brevemente los nombres de Dios.
        Una vez que los estudiantes obtener un agarre en el verso, se dividen en dos equipos (tuvimos los huevos y los pollos). Cada equipo debe dividirse por la mitad, a través de la habitación de sus compañeros en una línea recta.
        Demostrar equilibrar un huevo en una cuchara, cruzar caminando al compañero primero en línea, dice el versículo y entregar el huevo cuidadosamente. El estudiante recibe el huevo luego caminatas a través de la habitación para decir el versículo y darle a la próxima persona en línea. Si un estudiante cae un huevo, que recoger rápidamente y seguir jugando. El juego continúa hasta que todos los estudiantes han recibido un giro.
        El primer equipo terminado debe sentarse a su terminación de la señal. Jugar al juego de nuevo, si queda tiempo.
        Para obtener más ayuda, leer este post por Justin Taylor en la Trinidad de explicar a un niño. También se puede encontrar la serie grandes pensamientos de libros útiles.
        -Ver más en: http://ministry-to-children.com/holy-spirit-mystery-lesson/#sthash.DG9xyRsB.dpuf

  5. says

    Thank you so much for making all of these lessons available! I am a new head of Children’s ministry, and your lessons keep the kids engaged, and are not super complicated for my volunteers! THANK YOU!!!

  6. Keyonata Granberry says

    Thank you so much for and excellent lesson. My kids and I really enjoyed it.

  7. Yashica says

    I love the examples that are giving.I plan on using them soon. I’m just amazed and excite about sharing this material with whom ever God send my way.

  8. Tom says

    Thank you for posting your lessons. We just switched to a kid church format three weeks ago and started a four week series on who God is. We are devoting one week for “Who is God?”, another on “God: The Father”, “God: The Son” and finishing this week with “God: The Holy Spirit”. Your resource on the Holy Spirit is helping me a great deal. Thank you so much!

  9. Mary says

    Thanks for the lesson. With little ones we need to demonstrate the lesson & I got some great pointers. It will be a lesson that my 3yrs. old & 4 yrs. old children will not be forgotten and have fun learning.

  10. says

    Thank you so much for posting all these lessons! We are planning a small group with our neighbors and friends and I wanted to be able to do something with all the kids we will be having at our house! These will be perfect and a great way for us as parents to teach our children about God in a fun and interactive way. I am sure we will learn too!

  11. Karon says

    Thank you so much for these suggested Lessons!! These will really help me with my Sunday School Lessons!!

  12. Bertha Desmennu says

    This is great. The theme for this month is the Holy Spirit and I am preparing a lesson for next sunday school. This is very exciting and helpful
    Bertha Desmennu
    Winners Chapel International, Pokuase, Ghana

  13. Kim Lewis says

    I am excited about this lesson because, I have always had a tough time trying to figure out how to explain the trinity, and where a child can understand. I think this will be perfect, I’m going to use it tonight at Awanas….Thanks So Much

  14. Debby Moore says

    I can’t wait to do this lesson with the kids tomorrow. We are in a really small work area and can’t make much noise, as there’s no noise barrier between us and the church service, but we’ll do the game anyway – kids love the action. Thank you so much for this lesson plan and for all the ideas and thoughts shared. I love teaching the kids and it’s wonderful to hear others’ enthusiasm and to know that people from all over the world are teaching God’s children. Thank you and God Bless, Debby :)

  15. krystina says

    Thanks for this great lesson plan. Am going to impact the kids tomorrow in Chruch as I teach them.

  16. unia says

    I am going to teach this lesson tomorrow to my high schoolers. I pray they will get a better understanding of what/who the Holy Spirit is. The egg analogy is very good.

    Thank you

  17. s Grisilda says

    Praise the Lord, I am a sunday school teacher.The website was useful I would like to have some lesson on the holy spirit to teach the children of age group13-16

  18. elsa says

    First, thank you for provided us this kinds of lessons.May God bless you. I am sunday school Teacher and I look forward to sundy to use this lesson.

  19. Robert says

    A good study and creative ideas that will surely resonate with young minds. I applaude your efforts in the educating of children in regards to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

    I do however think that there is more to question 2 above that needs to be reflected upon. I believe that if we quote scripture… then we should use the whole scripture and not edit the bible as we go along, especially when young people will take what the first grown up says as “the gospel truth”, believing that the answer given above is all that is required.

    I believe the bible says that we should neither add to, or subtract from, the inspired word.

  20. Steve Skinner says

    Fantastic ideas. This tracks exactly with what our pastor is preaching on and will make the concepts more concrete to the children. The Justin Taylor post and diagram was also very helpful. My kids made the diagram out of marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti – looks kind of like a pyramid and they love it.

  21. rosalindbaker says

    Thanks for these lessons on the Holy Spirit – we are right on this subject at the moment and the lessons give me a few new ideas.
    God bless.
    Ros

  22. Annmarie says

    I can not wait to try this lesson out with my kids on sunday. Thanks for the wonderful lesson plan!!!

  23. Lisa Kilthau says

    This is so wonderful, we are changing Curriculum in our Sunday School, and cant wait to get started this will be our first lesson.
    Thank you for this launching pad.

  24. Hance says

    A great idea!!! I will use this leson and activities to teach my students about The Holy Spirit.

  25. Samantha Myles says

    This was the second lesson I taught the class I’m filling in for. The kids loved this lesson as much as I did teaching it. They were so eager to learn more about the Holy Spirit. Children just love the “attention-grabbers”(i.e. the egg). They are still talking about it! Thanks!

  26. Brenda Gilmore says

    This lesson is a blessings to me and a simple way to explain the Holy Spirit
    Thank You

  27. Stella says

    Lovely, this bible lesson add to my knowledge about the Holy Spirit and how to teach children likewise. May the good Lord bless the source. I will try to fit it into my lesson before the end of the year. Thanks.

  28. michelle Blackellar says

    hi michelle, it’s good to meet you across the miles, all the best to you n your assembly from ours..Am actually putting on “the finishing touches” to this H/Spirit lesson, and thence to spend some time in prayer.

  29. Susan Case says

    Wow, thus sounds like an exciting lesson. I will try to fit it into my lessons plans in junior church at Kishwaukee Baptist Church. Thank you!

  30. says

    Hi Michelle . . . that’s my name too. So funny because your similar name caught my attention and then Barbican because I used to live in Barbican, Kingston JA near Acadia/Shortwood Road. Now I live in Vancouver BC. :) These lessons by Tony are so awesome. He has valuable resources that I use in the CM here at my church. Blessings to you and your ministry

  31. Pastor Jide says

    I believe as it has been shown in Genesis 1,that the Holy Spirit is the most valuable companion any individual must have to have anything done. And the earlier we expose Him to the children to the better our world becomes remember He said “our children shall be taught of the LORD and great shall be our peace”.

  32. michelle Blackellar says

    This is right on time… We are focussing on pentecost and the birth of the church..this will certainly help us
    Michelle Blackellar
    Barbican Baptist Jamaica.

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