A Fun Spring Time Lesson Plan
Find a warm day to make some mud outside or bring some into your bathroom or area that can get dirty. Let your children play with their hands and maybe bare feet. Have a bucket or hose nearby if you are outside or a bucket or tub inside for washing it all off when you are finished but don’t let the children have access to the water right away.
Let your kids play in the mud and then gather together and talk about it while they are still dirty.
Say: We’ve been playing in the mud for a while and it is time to get clean now. I’d like you to start getting the mud off your hands and feet. When they ask you for water, tell them to try some other ways to get rid of the mud. After allowing them to struggle to get clean without water ask: How come you aren’t clean yet? What is taking so long? Why can’t you get the mud off?
There is really no way to get clean without water is there? We can get some of the mud off but without water, we are all still dirty. Sin is like that. Sin makes us dirty on the inside and no matter how hard we try, we can’t get clean by ourselves.
Give your kids water to clean off and then say: Just like you need water to clean the mud off your hands and feet, you need Jesus to clean you on the inside. Jesus is the one who washes away your sins. The Bible says that when we tell Jesus we are sorry and ask him to forgive us, he makes us clean.
Open the Bible to 1 John and read verses 8-9 and then 7. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:8-9 ESV) “The blood of Jesus…cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7 ESV)
Now that we washed with water will we be clean forever? No. We will get dirty again and we will need to be washed again. Sin is the same way. We keep sinning everyday and we need to be cleaned by Jesus over and over again. Thankfully, Jesus’ love is unconditional, his forgiveness covers everything, and his patience is never ending. Every day he washes us clean and lets us start over.
Next time you take a bath or wash your hands, thank Jesus for dying on the cross and rising again to wash away all of your sins and clean you on the inside.
Let’s pray: Dear Jesus, I am sorry for my sins and all the ways I get “dirty” each day. Thank you for your never-ending love and forgiveness. Thank you for making me clean on the inside everyday. Amen.