Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Science Experiment – Lots of Cotton

This experiment is taken from the excelent book Science & the Bible Volume 3.

Theme: God blesses us beyond our imagination

Bible Verse: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us – Ephesians 3:20

Materials Used: Bag of cotton balls, small glass filled to ¼” of the top with water

Lesson: It may be natural for us to think that God’s power even though it’s great is limited. We get tired, so we may think that God also gets tired. Maybe that’s why some people think that it took longer than one week to create the word. God is so powerful, that he could have made the world in less than one second. In Genesis, we find out that God created the world in six real days. God can still do more that we can ask or think so we should be bold in praying to God. Through Christ, God’s power is also in us.

Illustration: We illustrated what seemed impossible by guessing how many cotton balls we could add to an almost full glass of water without spilling any of the water. Then to test our guess, we added the cotton balls one by one and counted how many fit in the glass.

As the large number of cotton balls that fit was unexpected, we may also be surprised at God’s abundant daily blessings

The children in my class guessed that between 5 and 10 cotton balls would fit in each of their glasses (I gave one glass to every two kids). We found that more than 50 cotton balls fit into the glasses before they begin to spill cotton balls or water or break their coffee cups.

3 comments:

Luke said...

How fun! I'll have to see how I can use this sometime.

Your week seems very full. Isn't it interesting how life seems to ebb and flow. Sometimes we're really busy (like this week, too!) and other times we're just home all week.

love ya,
Michele

ivory said...

I really like this science experiment and it's application. Out of the 16 girls in my awana group, 15 are homeschooled and most of the homeschool families give the same excuses for not being able to bring the two friends to awana as one of the sections requires. Even on the first night of awana they were trying to give excuses as to why they wouldn't be able to complete that section.
My response to all of their excuses was that they shouldn't put God in a box. He is able to bring unsaved people into their lives that they can develop friendships that will enable them to bring that person to awana. I think I will use this experiment to help them realize as you said "we may be surprised at God’s abundant daily blessings"
I hope all this make sense and it's not just ramblings

Miriam said...

My busy week feels like it's at an end though there is one more day of work to go - it is crazy how it goes in waves. I do encourage you both to try out the experiment sometime. It's a good one since everyone can participate!

I like the application you mentioned for your AWANA girls!