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Anger is a natural and healthy emotion that signals when something is wrong. It can be a useful tool to help us feel more in control and empowered, unlike fear or sadness. However, it’s important to recognize that anger often stems from underlying emotions like fear or sadness. As James 3:2-8 cautions, we must not let our anger lead us to sin.
To teach children about self-control when they feel angry, you can use this fun object lesson. Fill a clear glass with warm water, then add a few drops of food coloring and some dish soap. Sprinkle baking soda on top of the mixture, then pour vinegar into the glass. Watch as the mixture overflows!
To perform the object lesson on self-control using a clear glass, warm water, food coloring, dish soap, baking soda, and vinegar, you will need the following materials:
- Clear glass
- Warm water
- Food coloring
- Dish soap
- Baking soda
- Baking dish (to prevent overflow)
- Spoon (to stir the mixture)
Make sure you have all the materials before beginning the object lesson.
- Fill a clear glass almost to the top with warm water.
- Add a few drops of food coloring into the glass.
- Add 3-4 drops of dish soap into the glass.
- Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of baking soda on top of the mixture.
- Place the glass in a baking dish to prevent overflow.
- Explain to the children that the water represents them, the food coloring represents their feelings (such as anger), and the baking soda represents the consequences of not managing their feelings properly.
- Pour vinegar into the glass.
- Watch as the mixture overflows!
- Explain to the children that the vinegar represents self-control, and if they don’t learn to control their feelings, they risk “overflowing” and losing control of their actions.
By using this simple object lesson, you can help children understand the importance of self-control and give them practical tools for dealing with difficult emotions. Explain to the children that they are like the water, and the baking soda represents their anger. The vinegar represents self-control, and if they don’t learn to control their anger, they risk “overflowing” and sinning. Through this fun and interactive activity, children will learn the key steps to practicing self-control: stopping, praying, and walking away. Encourage them to take a moment to calm down and seek guidance from God before reacting to a challenging situation. By doing so, we can help them develop the skills they need to navigate life with confidence and grace.
God’s plan is better — stop, PRAY, and walk away!
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