God is so amazing! There is so much to know and understand about Him! I like thinking about what He thinks, what He feels and what He likes to smell! That’s right, God likes smelling certain fragrances. That gave me an idea for this smelly stuff object lesson. Before the actual lesson, I shared these verses. I talked with kids about good smells, bad smells (Be careful here, kids can get gross.) Then I told them that God has things he likes to smell too. These are the verses I shared but there are dozens to choose from.
Genesis 8:21 “The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.”
Leviticus 3:4 “Then Aaron’s sons shall offer it up in smoke on the altar on the burnt offering, which is on the wood that is on the fire; it is an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the LORD.”
Ephesians 5:2 “and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.”
Things You’ll Need
- 2 paper plates
- Stuff to smell (stinky cheese, lemon slice, banana, pine needles, vanilla, onion, peppermint etc)
Prepare to Teach
Draw a happy face on one plate and a sad face on the other. Put the blindfold and all the smelly stuff on your teaching table. Cover everything with a plastic tablecloth so kids can’t see it.
“Those verses were so interesting. I had no idea that God likes a fragrant aroma. Now I know! Let’s try something. I am going to have my volunteer help me with this.” (Ask the volunteer to be seated and then blindfold him or her. Put the smiley plate in his left hand and the sad face in his right.) “I am going to pass some things under your nose. If you like what you smell, raise the smiley plate in your left hand. If you don’t like what you smell, raise the right hand. Okay?” Make a big show about the items, tell the volunteer what each one was. Talk about what God likes to smell, like a holy life, pure worship, a sacrifice of praise.
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