Awesome Salvation Object Lesson for Kids

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This is the GOSPEL, a salvation object lesson for kids. The “story words” are mine, but feel free to change them to make the activity fit your group. Adults would think this is pretty cool as well. I sure thought it was!

salvation object lessonMaterials: 1 sheet of paper. (I’ve used typing paper and construction paper. Either will work.)

salvation object lesson

Environment: Be in a place where you can sit on the floor and have the kids gather and sit in front of you. Make sure you have enough floor space to move pieces around to tell the Easter story.

The Foundation: (Fold paper while discussing this with children)

“In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Who is the Word? (Jesus) And what does that verse tell us about Jesus? (Jesus existed with God before the world was created and Jesus is God.) If Jesus is God, that means He has all of the same characteristics of God. What is God like? (perfect, holy, good, mighty, kind, patient, without sin) If God is like that, then what is Man like? (selfish, greedy, imperfect, sinful)

Fold down the top corner to form a triangle.

Fold the left corner down to make a “house” shape.

Flip house over and fold house in half.

Fold in half again, like wings on an airplane, but both wings should be on one side.

Tear down the middle. Begin with the not so thick end and tear to the end thicker with paper.

You should have 2 sections. One section has many pieces, the other is 1 piece of paper.

Place the one piece of paper to the side and unfold and spread out all of the pieces so the kids can see them.

Arrange the pieces to spell “Sin”.

The Need:

What is sin? (Anything that we think, say or do that does not please God.) Who sins? (Everyone) What have you done that is sin? (have kids give examples) The Bible tells us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” It also tells us that “the wages of sin is death.” What is a wage? (something, such as money, that a person earns) So that verse tells us that we, all sinners, EARN death because of our sin.

Arrange the pieces to spell “Hell”.

And death equals eternal separation from God. No relationship with Him. There is a verse in Isaiah (59:2) that says, “Your sins have separated you from your God.” Wow. Sin is a problem. And the Sin Problem needs to be fixed. The problem is, man can’t do it. We can try. What types of good things can people do? (share, do kind things, give money to charity, etc) But the Bible says that my righteousness, the good things I do, is as “filthy rags” to the Lord. We can’t fix the Sin Problem, but God can.

The Gospel:

What is the rest of the “wages” verse? (For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.) Yes! To fix the Sin Problem, God sent Jesus. And remember, He is like God. Jesus was born like you, only He was without sin. He grew up, lived His life, worked some miracles, preached some great sermons, and then He was accused of saying He was God. The Jews didn’t like hearing that. So they figured out how to get Jesus killed. Crucified. Jesus didn’t fight them. Jesus was nailed onto a cross on a hill called Calvary.

Unfold the one piece.

Put these two pieces under the cross to show Calvary Hill.

Two other thieves were crucified as well, with Jesus in the middle.

Place 2 pieces as the crosses of the robbers.

Pilate, the Roman leader who allowed Jesus to die, had a sign placed over Jesus’ head that read, “King of the Jews.”

Place a small rectangle across the top of the cross for the sign.

The Roman soldiers who nailed Jesus to the cross rolled dice and gambled to see who would win Jesus’ robe.

Pretend to toss the small squares like dice.

After Jesus died, a soldier took a spear and thrust it into Jesus’ side to make sure He was dead. He was.

Add the other rectangle as the spear into Jesus’ side.

Jesus was taken down off the cross and laid in a tomb. Three days later He arose and He appeared to women and the disciples and quite a few others. Jesus was alive.

Take the two pieces that make the Calvary Hill and make the tomb. If you put the pieces close together you can show it closed and then pull them slightly apart to show an empty tomb.

The Invitation:

And He is still living today. “God loves [YOU] so much that He gave His one and only son and if [YOU] believe in Him, then [YOU] will have eternal life.”

Leave the cross and use the other pieces to spell “Life”.

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you WILL be saved!” Saved from what? (Hell, eternal separation from God) God wants you to have life. Eternal life with Him. Forever. By telling Jesus that He is Lord, then you are saying to Him, “Jesus, my life is Yours. YOU are my Lord. You are my Master. I am going to learn about your commands and then I am going to obey them.” Believing in Jesus means making a change in your behavior and living a life in His favor.

Use all the pieces to spell “Jesus”.

The Opportunity:

If the Lord leads, then give the children an opportunity to respond or accept Him. May the Lord use this object lesson for kids, and YOU, to further His kingdom!!

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Awesome Salvation Object Lesson for Kids — 42 Comments

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  2. Wow, this is awesome! I am looking forward to hearing it and seeing the children’s beautiful faces. Just thinking of the kids who just accepted Christ – this just makes me smile and REJOICE that we can speak so freely about our LORD!

  3. Very cool. Takes me back to my own days in Awana…

    I would definately have to practice this a few times first to get everything right. But it looks facinating!

    BTW have you heard of the stinky sponge analogy?

      • The Stinky Kitchen Sponge Analogy:
        This is for explaining the difference between salvation by good works vs. God creating us to do good works.
        (I’ve only talked about this, not demonstrated it, so I will speak hypothetically)
        We are designed from the beginning to do good works, Eph 2:10, like a kitchen sponge is designed to scrub dishes. Sin came in like bacteria on a sponge and has infected every part of us, Romans 5:12.
        Now, when we try to do good works we are as disgusting as washing the dishes and table with a slimy, stinky sponge, Isaiah 64:6.
        The only cure for us so we can again be useful and pleasing to God is to have something/one clean us all the way through Psalm 51:10; Proverbs 20:9.

        (this is where some sort of sanitizer, preferably one that smells nice, but strong comes in)

        Jesus was the only kinsman redeemer (a story for another day) who was not only clean on his own and but also so powerful He could touch our sin slime and clean us, Haggai 2:13.

        All that is left for us is to let Jesus wash us in His blood, Revelation 7:14; I John 1:7.

        (drop sponge in cleaner here)

        As believers, we can now do what we were first designed to do without making things worse than before, Philippians 2:12.

        Have a lovely Easter!!

        • I absolutely love this analogy for my children’s class! I just may have to try this out. Thanks for sharing your ideas! πŸ™‚

  4. This is so cool! A friend passed it on to me. We’ll be doing this with our T&Ters this Sunday, and also I’ll do it with our homeschool co-op on Tuesday. Thanks so much!

  5. I practiced this with my 12 year old and I`m planning on presenting this to my nephews and niece when we get together for resurection sunday. It was fun to do and cleverly done. I pray this will have a great effect on the little ones.thank you for shareing the idea!

  6. My son showed me the part with the cross a few years back. I had never seen the words from the scraps. That is incredible.

    When my son told it, it went something like this: “There was a man who was so empty inside that he tried to fill his life with stuff; boats (fold over) and houses (fold again) and even planes (fold like a plane). But the man was still empty. Then one day he heard the Geatest Story Ever Told (tear) and the man met Jesus! (Unfold the Cross). Because of what Jesus did on the cross, his life was never empty again.

    Just thought I would, share that. Thanks for sharing yours!

    He is Risen!

  7. I had seem this done once before and was thrilled to see the instructions here. I must be doing something wrong because I don’t see the bottom of the H. I have practised this several times and I still am not coming up with all the pieces to make the H. Thanks for your help!

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  10. I used this for my lesson too, but how this started was a great testimony during the revolution in China. ( Tis was shared to us by a Taiwanese pastor who came to my church to show us this simple tool for evangelism).

    Here’s the short story :
    There was an american missionary who went to China to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. At that time, going into a communist country to preach was a very serious matter, it was a life or death situation. This missionary was arrested for preaching and was jailed. The jail warden threatened to execute him, and in fact, mocking him and told him to prove that God is real and show him a miracle. The warden handed him a piece of paper and a pair of scissors. He said, cut the shape of a cross with just one snip! If you can’t , I will execute you! So, this man knelt down and prayed, not for himself , but for the people of China, and the prisoners there that God would do a miracle and to save the lost. As soon as he finished praying in Jesus name, Amen…his hands moved by the holy spirit to fold the paper and then with only one cut/snip, he unfolded the paper , and it was a cross! not only that, with all the little pieces of paper, he could make it into english words – LIFE and HELL: and the most surprising of all , the little pieces can be formed into chinese characters, in perfect strokes! I wish to show you the chinese characters, which formed the chinese character ETERNAL LIFE with the cross in the character itself, and PERISHED without the cross! God did this for the chinese and english. See how beautiful and full of wisdom our God is!

    Is there any way I can show you the chinese words here? This is how it came about!

    Glory to God!
    Mrs Crystal Lee-Ong,Malaysia

    • Oh friend!! What an amazing story!! Would you be able to take some digital pictures of the characters and send them to me? I’d love to blog this story. If you go to the contact me section, you can email them to me.

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  17. I have heard a same story but it ad three mounds one large and two small ones the cross and two small things for the two robbers. but I cannot fold the paper correctly to get what I am looking for.

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  22. Thank you. My mother used to do this object lesson on the Mission Field 60 years ago. I had forgotten the instructions so glad to get a refresher course to use for my church kids.

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