Body and Soul: Teaching Basic Theology to Kids

Body and Soul: Teaching Basic Theology to Kids

We’re in lesson six in our Catechism curriculum with the kids in our midweek program.  Here’s what we’ve covered so far this quarter:

This week, we’ll be covering these questions:

What did God give Adam and Eve Q19

Q19: What did God give Adam and Eve?

A: He gave them a body and a soul


Q20 Do you have a soul

Q20: Do you have a soul?

A: Yes, and my soul will last forever.

Supporting Scripture: John 11:25

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies,

Monthly Memory Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. 

Basic Object Lessons

One of my super team members suggested using wrapped candy as an illustration for this lesson.  Our body is like the wrapper of the candy.  It can be lovely and help us to recognize the candy, but the good stuff (our soul) is on the inside.

Wrapped Candy: Our Souls Are Like Candy

I’ve also used a hermit crab being used for this illustration.  He will start in one shell, but in time, he will move to another shell. We start with one body, but when our soul leaves the body (hermit crab leaves the shell) and go to heaven, we will get new bodies (new shells).

Our Souls Are Like Hermit Crabs

Spirituality for Kids uses a spaceman as an analogy for a soul:  Like an astronaut needs to wear a spacesuit in order to be in space, our soul needs our body to live in this world.

Our Souls are Like an Astronaut

Of course, it’s a tricky theological point to teach to kids (and sometimes it doesn’t even make much sense to us adults!), but I think it’s helpful to simply introduce the concept.  Even if kids don’t fully understand the idea, they now have been exposed to the idea that God gave us a soul that will last forever.

More Activities About the Soul

If you’re looking for a few more activities to do with the kids, here are some ideas to get you started.

When I Get to Heaven…

Talk to the kids about what happens to our souls when our bodies die.  Explain that if we love Jesus, our souls will go to heaven to be with God forever.  Ask kids what they would like to do when they get to heaven.  Talk about some of the amazing things in heaven, like the streets of gold, the throne of God and all the people from the Bible.  Who would they like to talk to?  Do they already have family or friends in heaven?  Draw pictures of what they would like to see or hoping to see.

You Are a Soul. You Have a Body.

I read the above quote over on OhAmanda’s blog.  It is attributed to C.S. Lewis, but that might not actually be true. Either way, it’s a great concept to teach kids since the core of our being is actually our soul and the body is the mere covering.  For this activity, begin by drawing a representation of a soul on a piece of paper ahead of time (maybe a cloud).  Place a picture of a baby with sticky tack over it.   Tell the kids, as soon as a baby is created by God, he has a soul.  Remove the picture and show the soul.  Say, “The baby will grow older and turn into a child” as you place a picture of the child over the soul.  However, the soul remains the same. Continue with this line of teaching until the baby is old and grey and dies. The soul still remains and gets a new body in heaven.

Note to My Kids for Christ Team Members:  I think I’m going to go with this method for lesson time.  So, if you want to use it in small groups, you might have kids draw self portraits and repeat the process.  You watch the example video here of this lesson.  

What Has a Soul?

Last week, we learned that people were created in the image of God.  One of the ways that we are like God is that we have a soul that is eternal.  Talk with the kids about what makes humans different than the rest of God’s creation (trees, plants, etc).  Gather up a variety of pictures (from magazines, etc) of common objects and pictures of people.  Hold up each picture and have kids tell you if that thing has a soul or not.    You could sort the picture into piles or even make a chart.

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  1. This is so good–I love the object lesson with the different bodies over the soul. That’s really powerful!

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  2. Thanks for coming by, Amanda! I am planning on making a video of that lesson so it’s easy to duplicate. It went over really well with the kids! Stay tuned!

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