Temptation is a trap that leads us to sin! The bible tells us in 2 Timothy 2:26, “and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.“ However, we don’t have to walk into those traps–most of the time, if not all of them, it is temptation that draws us into those snares. Empower and prepare kids for dealing with temptation with this object lesson.
What You’ll Need
- Box with three sides
Prepare to Teach
Place the box in the teaching area. Write the word “trap” on all sides of the box. Turn the box on it’s side so that there is one open side facing the kids. Place the plate of cookies in the box. You should be able to knock the box over the plate, as if you were setting a trap.
Invite the kids in and show them the plate of cookies. “Don’t those look yummy! I think I need to eat one or two of those cookies. What do you think? Should I?” Kids will say no. Ask them, “Why shouldn’t I? Those are my favorite kind of cookies. They have chocolate chips in them. You know I can’t resist chocolate. What do you think?”
“Maybe that’s not really a trap. Maybe it just say that it is. My volunteer will help me test out my theory. I’m going to reach for a cookie. Will you stand right here with me? I’m afraid!” (Beforehand, ask an adult volunteer to push the box over your hand when you reach for a cookie. Make a big show of it, sticking your hand towards the plate and pulling back. Finally, close your eyes and reach for a cookie. When the box falls down on your hand say, “OW! It was a trap! Wow, that wasn’t worth it all. I wanted a cookie–not get caught in a trap.”
Share the verse with the class and talk about it!
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