It’s easy to make and great for an object lesson–it’s Jell-o! You’ll have to plan ahead for this visual aid as it takes a few hours to set but you can cheat and purchase some pre-made single servings to hand out after the demonstration. Since Jell-o has such an unusual composition, it’s perfect for a bible lesson about building your house/life on unstable ground or any lesson about a foundation. It’s wiggly, jiggly delicious too! Get some inspiration with these wacky ideas.
Let’s Build a House!
Use this bible passage for this object lesson: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27
You’ll need some supplies too, like plates, pretzel rods, rectangular Club crackers and mini marshmallows. You’ll need two adult volunteers for this object lesson. Ask one volunteer to build a house using the supplies right on a hard surface like a plate. The other volunteer must build their house on the Jell-o. Give them two minutes to build the best house possible. Shake the Jell-o plate lightly until the house tumbles. (Here’s why you should have adult volunteers helping on this one! Kids will protest the demolition of their house.)
Go back to the passage and talk about its meaning. Lead kids into a better understanding of the passage.
You can’t go wrong with Jell-o!
This ministry idea would work great alongside our full Sunday School lesson on the Wise & Foolish builders. Read more from Mimi by following her blog at Tools for Kids Church.