Here is a super fun activity/object lesson that always works well with kids in the Preschool to Middle Elementary group. Kids love making their own string telephone (most kids have never heard of such a thing) and trying it out with friends. Talking over such a device is a great way to talk to kids about talking to God.

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AGE LEVEL: Best for Preschool through Middle Elementary

POINT: Teaching young children that prayer is simply talking with God.

INSTRUCTIONS: This object lesson has four steps: First, demonstrate your paper cup phone. Next, let the kids experiment with phones of their own. After that, draw attention to the topic of talking to God in prayer. Finally, do the Activity Page craft.

THE OBJECT LESSON: The demonstration video gives details on constructing a paper cup and string telephone. Make a phone and show it to the kids. Have a volunteer child help you demonstrate the phone; more kids can then give it a try.

MATERIALS NEEDED: For the object lesson itself you need two paper cups, a length of string and a couple of washers to anchor the ends of the string inside the cups. For the Activity Page suggestion you'll want to supply enough cups, sting and washers for each child to make a phone.

bIBLE STORY SUGGESTION: Jesus talks with God, John 17
Jesus spoke a beautiful prayer for His followers (including us) in the 17th chapter of the Gospel of John. Because this object lesson is for young children, most of the prayer would be over their heads. We recommend you simply read John 17:24, explaining that it is a great example that Jesus loved to talk with God in heaven, and He prayed for us:

“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am. I want them to see my heavenly glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the the world was created.”

Explain that God hears the things we say to Him. Lead in a simple prayer that shows the kids what you mean.

Other Bible verses you might like to use instead: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Philippians 4:6,7; Matthew 6:9-13; 1 John 5:14; Psalm 5:3.

ACTIVITY PAGE: The activity page features simple clip art that kids can color and tape to their phones. You’ll want to cut the shapes out before class. As the kids work, remind them that we don’t need a phone to talk to the Lord. He hears our prayers no matter where we are or when we pray. When everyone has finished, send the phones home with the kids.

Be sure to download the 100% free lesson plan and activity page! Get it HERE.

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