Stop That Fire!

Scripture: Exodus 3-4:17

Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will learn that even when people sin, God can still use them later to do His will.
  • Students will learn sometimes God makes people take a long time to prepare for something He wants them to do.
  • Students will learn when God wants them to do something, He will provide what they need to accomplish His will.
  • Students will learn how to make and use homemade fire retardant.

Guiding Question: How can we protect important things from fire?

Materials: Borax, 2 quarts of hot water, pot and oven, your choice of flammable objects, outdoor fire pit or grill

Procedure: Review the story of Moses in exile from the scripture above. Emphasize that God wants us to be a part of serving His Kingdom and be willing to help others who are in need. Explain that it is easy for us to want to give excuses for why we cannot or do not want to do something. This can be our way of trying to get out of doing something or helping someone. Explain that when God wants us to do something for Him, He will give us all we need for it and we just need to place our trust in Him. Tell students that God can use us for good no matter what our past is and can use our past mistakes to help others learn from them. We need to be open to what God has prepared for us and be patient for Him to prepare us for what He has called us to.

Introduce the activity. Have the students make predictions about different objects that would catch on fire. Then make homemade fire retardant for flammable objects to see how much it slows them catching fire. To make the retardent, add 3-7 oz Borax to 2 quarts hot water and stir until it dissolves. Only an adult should handle fire in outdoor fire pit or grill. Be sure to observe all safety procedures.

Additional Questions: How can students experiment with nature and fire?

Supplemental Activity: Have students experiment with creating Green Fire Pinecones

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