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Jesus often taught with parables. Bible object lessons are similar in that they take an earthly object like a sponge, rock or penny and use it to teach a spiritual lesson like how we can know God is near even though we can't see Him.
Toddlers and preschoolers are like little sponges ready to soak up learning from their environments. Why not connect God's world around them with God's Word to help them be able to say - "I spy God!"
Lesson Title: Seeing the Invisible
Bible Verses: John 4:24a, Romans 1:20a, Jeremiah 23:24b
Main Point: Help preschoolers understand that even though we can't see God, we can know He is near. And just like we need air, we also need God!
Ask the kids if they can see air. Is it invisible? Have them take a deep breath and ask - "What did you just breathe?" Have them take a deep breath again and notice how their chest fills with air. Show them how to puff out their cheeks and ask them what they have in their mouth.
The Bible tells us God is Spirit; we can't see Him with our eyes, but He is everywhere. God shows us He is there through the things He has made. Air is invisible, but we know it is there. God is Spirit and therefore invisible, but He is all around us!
Blow up a balloon and ask what is filling the balloon.
Say - "We can't see air, but we know when we breathe it. We can see how it fills our chests, our mouths, and even a balloon. We can't see God, but we know He is all around us just like air."
Next have several objects preschoolers can move by blowing on them such as the blown up balloon, a pinwheel, a ping pong ball, etc. Have them blow and move each object. We can't see the air, but we see how it moves other objects such as the leaves on the trees or the flag blowing in the wind.
Again say - "We can't see God, but we know He is all around us and can see how He is at work. God makes the sun come up every morning. He makes the flowers bloom. He gives us food to eat. God is with us and helps us even though we can't see Him."
Finally show kids how to fold a single sheet of paper to make a simple fan. You can also use a piece of card stock or index card instead. Have them fan themselves. Ask if they feel the air. Another option is to use an electric fan turning it on and off as they feel the air blowing.
Say one more time - "We can't see God, but we can know He is all around us and feel Him close to us."
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Continue this object lesson as you go along your way pointing out the leaves blowing, feeling the wind on your skin, or even make a simple pinwheel!
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