It’s officially Spring so get outside and do something fun . . . like blowing bubbles. If you have young children or teach Sunday School or preschool, here are a few quick faith lessons using bubbles you can try.
GOD GIVES LIFE. Blow into bubbles to demonstrate how God blew life into us. “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature” (Genesis 1:7 ESV).
What you say and do: Show kids your bottle of bubbles. “Who loves bubbles? I sure do!” Open it up and show dripping liquid. “Oh no! This isn’t a bubble. It says right here that it’s a bottle of bubbles, but this dripping mess isn’t right. Did I get a bad bottle? How do I get a bubble?” The kids will likely tell you that you have to blow to get the bubble.
“How do I make this into a fun bubble? Oh, I blow into it? Like this?” Blow quite a few bubbles. “So, it’s really not a bubble unless I blow into it . . . like I’m blowing life into the bubble! That reminds me of you. Did you know that you are kind of like a bubble?”
“The Bible says God breathed life into us. In the book of Genesis, we learn how God made so many things—the sun and moon, the land and sea, plants and animals. Then, when it came time for humans, Scripture says–‘Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature’ (Genesis 1:7 ESV).”
“Remember that life comes from God. He loved you enough to create you and blow life into you so you can grow like this bubble, and move and bring joy and light into the world.”
GOD MADE YOU UNIQUE. Show how bubbles are different shapes and sizes and remind kids that we are each unique as well with different purposes, according to God’s plan. “But as it is, God arranged the members of the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body” (1 Corinthians 12:18-20 ESV).
What you say and do: Blow bubbles. “Look at the bubbles I’m blowing. Are they all the same? Tell me some things that make them different (size, shape, where they go, how soon they last before they pop). I love how different the bubbles are, don’t you? And they move in different directions on the wind.”
“When God made you, he made you uniquely different, too. The Bible says we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made.’ You are wonderfully made! No one is exactly like you, just like these bubbles are all different and wonderful. You have hair, eyes and skin that are uniquely your own. Even better, you have a different way of thinking than anyone else. And guess what? God has given you unique things that you can do. He needed one of you in the world!”
“Always remember that God made you special and He has a great plan for your life. Now, let’s see how many different kinds of bubbles we can blow.”
IN GOD, YOU ARE STRONG. Show how God makes us strong by using an unusual bubble. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9 ESV).
Note: This lesson requires a little bit of prep work and a few purchases . . . but it is worth it! I learned it many years ago at a conference and it is one of my favorite lessons.
You need: Regular size bubble bottle, mini bubble bottle, clear marble or small, clear plastic ball that looks like a bubble (needs to be able to fit in the bottom of the bubble bottle)
Prep: Empty the regular size bubble bottle (save the liquid for bubble refill) and cut out the bottom. Hot glue the mini bubble bottle inside the top half of the bottle. Check and make sure the clear marble or plastic ball can slide up in the bottom half of the bottle.
How to use: Before you pull out your bubble bottle for the kids, make sure you have the clear marble/ball hidden inside the bottom of the bottle. Cover the bottom with your hand to hold it in place as you blow bubbles and chat with the kids. Take off the cap and begin blowing bubbles.
What you say and do: “Don’t you just love bubbles? They are so fun! I love big bubbles, small bubbles, all the bubbles. The only problem with bubbles is that they are pretty weak. They pop very easily. Go ahead, pop some of these.” Continue blowing bubbles. “See what I mean? They are not very strong are they? Sometimes I feel like these bubbles. I don’t feel very strong. I make mistakes. I give in to temptation. I feel like I’m splatting on the inside just like these bubbles.”
As you’re talking, keep blowing bubbles. Occasionally reach out and pop a bubble with the same hand that is holding the wand. Keep the other hand holding the marble/ball in place. “Then I remember that I don’t have to be strong all by myself. I just have to ask for God’s help.”
Blow quite a few bubbles. Let the marble/ball drop into the hand that is holding it in the bottom of the bottle and keep it hidden. Then reach out as if to pop some of the bubbles with that hand. As you do, reveal the marble/ball as if it is one of the bubbles you plucked out of the air.
“Look at that! This bubble didn’t pop! It is strong. Amazing! When you ask God for help, you’ll be transformed from a bubble that is weak into one that is strong like this one.”
“Remember, God can give us amazing strength to face and overcome any challenge.”
GOD ALWAYS HEARS YOUR PRAYER. Blow prayers into bubbles and know they are going up to God. This principle is my favorite and something I address in my book, The Bubble Who Would Not POP! It works best if you do this outside so some of the bubbles can disappear into the sky. It’s also fun if you want to give each child a bottle of mini bubbles at the end of the lesson. “Before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24 ESV).
What you say and do: “Let’s chat about prayer for a minute. Do you know what prayer is? It’s talking to God. Yep, it’s as simple as that. And when we talk to God, he always hears us. Our prayers go up, up and up and straight to God’s ears. It’s kind of like how these bubbles float up when I blow into them. Watch.”
Blow several bubbles. “I can blow a prayer into these bubbles and watch them go up. Now some of them will pop, but I know that my prayers don’t stop or get lost. They go straight to God’s ears. Would you like to practice blowing prayers into some bubbles?”
Give each child a mini bubble bottle and let them have fun blowing bubbles for a bit. “Remember, God always hears your prayers.”