Popcorn Object Lesson: The Aroma of Christ

little girl eating popcornThe following object lesson demonstrates the concept of an aroma and is linked to the truth of 2 Corinthians 2:15 that we are the aroma of Christ.  This object lesson could be expanded into a full lesson or be attached to another lesson as an introduction to capture the children’s attention.


The children will experience a tangible demonstration of the concept of aroma.

Materials Needed:

  • One bag of microwave popcorn (The “mini” kind work best for demonstrating how one small bag is similar to one small child)
  • One microwave


  1. Before the children enter the room, pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave and open the bag so the smell of buttered popcorn fills the room.
  2. When the children walk in they will immediately notice the smell.  It is nearly a guarantee that some will ask you if they can have some or if they are going to get to eat the popcorn.
  3. When the children are settled at their seats, ask them, “Do you notice a certain smell in the room this morning?”
  4. “Yes, it is the smell of popcorn!  Everyone likes the smell of popcorn!”
  5. “Where is the smell coming from?  Isn’t it amazing that I could pop this one mini-bag of popcorn and the smell of it filled this entire room?”
  6. “Another word for smell is aroma.  The aroma of popcorn has filled this room.  Did you know God likes for us to be an aroma?”
  7. “God wants us to be the aroma of Christ!  God loves when his children are the aroma of Christ! ”
  8. “He wants you to live like Jesus, so that others around you notice Christ in you.   When we seek to live like Christ, we are a wonderful aroma for God.  He loves to sense the aroma of his children living like Christ.”
  9. “You may think how can I be an aroma of Christ?  I am just a small child, just one person, but didn’t you notice how this one mini-bag of popcorn filled this entire room with a wonderful aroma!  One person can make a big difference!”
  10. “When you walked in the room and noticed the smell of popcorn, a few of you asked if you could have some.  As you live out the aroma of Christ, people around you will notice and they may want to have some.  They will see your joy and your Christ-like heart and they will want some of what you have.  They will want Christ!”
  11. Read aloud 2 Corinthians 2:15, “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.”


  1. mary ngumbi says

    I will use this idea to my Sunday school kids, keep them coming you are doing good.

  2. Lisa says

    I will use this as an “introduction” for a Bible lesson – keep the ideas coming!! I use to be creative and now I have not taken the time to be creative, so this is much appreciated!!

  3. says

    We have a popcorn cart we use for events like family night. This would be a good devotional when we use the popcorn cart, and the smell of popcorn fills the building.

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