As Children’s Ministry people, we’re probably all familiar with the Parable of the Sower (or the Parable of the Soils), but keeping all those soils and seeds straight might be a bit of a challenge for the kids in your ministry. In this lesson, use a table flipped on its side to build an “as-you-go” chart and help the kids keep all those seeds and soils organized in their mind.
Setting up the Chart
Tape down the first row and second row of cards as you tell the story (Make it even more memorable by bringing in some lively props to use during story telling).
After the parable is complete, give kids specific verses to find in their Bibles in order to bring meaning to the parable.
Grab the printables for your own chart here!
Meaning of the Soils
- Seed sown along the path (Matthew 13:19)
- Rocky soil (Matthew 13:20-21)
- Among the thorns (Matthew 13:22)
- On the good soil (Matthew 13:23)
Fun Props for Story Telling
- Seed sown along the path: Sunflower seeds (big enough for the kids to see ) and stuffed bird (maybe an Angry bird!)
- Rocky soil: Flower pot filled with rocks and soil or wilted plant from the sun.
Flickr by Cynthia Closkey
- Among the thorns: Potted Plant (live or fake) and pipe cleaners to serve as weed
- On the good soil: A living plant that is thriving (might take some work!)
Close it Out with A Video!
I often try to “recap” the story with a fun video short, and the kids especially love this one (I do too!).