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The Lids in The Bible Meets Potato Chip Science

Updated on February 17, 2015

Potato Chip Science with the Lids

Potato Chip Science is a great book by Allen Kurzweil and his son. With 29 hands-on experiments for kids, it's a fun way to learn about famous people like Daniel Bernoulli and Isaac Newton. At Sycamore Tree Church it's become a great way to learn the Bible too! This book has experiments for the chip bags, the chip lids, the chip tubes, the potatoes and, of course, the potato chips! On top of that, there's some great information on how chips are made, how to use chips for survvial and little known facts about some of the things in the experiments.

Here you'll find six lessons based on the Lids section of the book (You know, like the ones that come off of Pringles and Lays "Crisps"). OK - so they aren't really chips - they are Potato "Crisps," but we eat them anyway! But don't stop here, there are four other pages with more lessons to go with the Potato Chip Science Book. So, here we go - have a great time as the Bible Meets Potato Chip Science.


Saucer Tosser

From Page 37


  • Lid for each student
  • transparent tape
  • craft knife & cutting boards
  • glue
  • lightweight objects (butter bowl lids could also work equally well)

Method - See Page 37

Meaning - See Page 37

Munch on This - Isaiah 40:30-31 (read from a few different versions - try to get three - one that says "trusts in the Lord," one that says "hope in the Lord" and a third that says "wait on the Lord.")

  1. Do you ever get tired?
    (no wrong answers)
  2. When you run do you ever stumble or fall?
    (Make sure they know what "stumble" means)
  3. How are the words "trust", "hope" and "wait on" alike?
    (Trust and Hope are both words that suggest we believe that God is the most powerful person alive. Wait on could mean take the role of a servant - kind of like a waiter or waitress)
  4. What does this verse say happens when we trust/hope/wait on God?
    (God will renew us or make us strong again - we will mount up on wings like eagles - soar)
  5. How can our lid saucer help us remember this verse?
    (it can fly high and if we trust in God we can live life flying high)
  6. What caused the saucer to soar?
    (momentum and propulsion - have the kids repeat those words - spinning gives it momentum and the toss we give it gives it propulsion - then the air flowing over and under it gives it lift)
  7. What gives us propulsion and momentum?
    (propulsion comes when we trust God that what gets us started on the right path, then Christ gives us momentum and lift. As we trust Jesus with our life He blesses us)
  8. What is it like to run and not get tired?
    (no wrong answers)
  9. Do you think God means we'll really fly and run and not get tired?
    (probably not physically, but definitely spiritually. God wants to give us spiritual strength so we don't lose faith or get burned out)
  10. What kinds of things can you do this week to show God you trust/hope in Him?
    (almost no wrong answers)


Page 40

Written for the Sunday After Easter


  • Chip Lid
  • Push pin
  • Flipper Stickers
  • Large Paper Clip or 5 inches of fishing line or thin wire
  • pencil
  • masking Tape or electrical tape

Method: see page 40

Meaning: see page 41

Munch on This:

  • What did you see before you spun the lid?
  • What did you think you would see when you spun the lid?
  • What did you see when you spun the lid?
  • If I had told you the fish would show up in the bowl when you spun the lid, would you have believed me?

Today we’re going to read a story about one of Jesus’ disciples who didn’t believe he rose from the dead.

Read John 19:24-29

  1. Why did all of the other disciples believe that Jesus had risen from the dead, but Thomas didn’t?
    (The rest of them were all in the place where Jesus came on that first Easter)
  2. Why didn’t Thomas believe the other disciples when they told him Jesus was alive?
    (People didn’t come back to life. Thomas had never heard of that before, so he couldn’t believe it)
  3. What would you have said if you’d have been Thomas and hadn’t seen Jesus, but your friends told you that Jesus was alive?
    (no wrong answers – Make sure they are honest with this – most of us need proof)
  4. Does it sound like Jesus was upset with Thomas because he didn’t believe his friends?
    (not really, but Jesus did want Thomas to believe that he was really alive)
  5. What did Jesus tell Thomas to do?
    (put his fingers in the holes in his hands and put his hand in his side)
  6. What did Thomas do when he saw Jesus?
    (it sounds Like he was excited to see him – He said, “My Lord and My God.”)
  7. What’s the last thing Jesus told Thomas?
    (You believed because you saw me, but blessed are those who don’t see me and still believe)
  8. What does it mean to be blessed?
    (blessed means to be treated special by God, to feel happy because God is pleased with you)
  9. Who did Jesus say was blessed and why?
    (those who don’t get to see Jesus in real life are blessed if they believe)

Just like it is hard to believe that those two pictures can become one in our lid just by spinning it around, it’s hard for some people to believe that Jesus is real because they can’t see Him. But Jesus is real. We have the whole Bible to help us believe and don’t forget we’re blessed if we believe that Jesus is real especially since we haven’t seen him.

You'll need this book - and the whole kit would be handy!

Potato Chip Science: 29 Incredible Experiments
Potato Chip Science: 29 Incredible Experiments

This is the kit I used to base these lessons. A little science, a few kids and a Bible lesson make for a Great Sunday School time!


Sound Spinner

Page 42


  • Push Pin
  • Chip Lid
  • 6 feet of smooth string (Nylon twine will work)
  • pencil
  • hole punch

Method: See Page 42

Meaning: See Page 43

Munch on this: See page 43 (when I was a kid, we used big buttons) and see below

  1. (Give each child a piece of paper)
    Did you notice the difference in sound when we punched holes in the chip lid?
    (no wrong answers) (you could also play two notes on a guitar, piano or other instrument - one very high and one very low)
    Let's draw a picture of what the low and high pitches looked like as they traveled through the air. (use the pictures on page 43 to help the children draw pictures of the sound waves)
  2. (Have all but two of the children turn around or cover their eyes, then have the other two say,"Hello" - Ask the children who covered their eyes)
    Who said "Hello" first?
    (let all answer and tell them who was correct - most should be)
    How did you know that's who it was?
    (no wrong answers)
  3. Because of sound waves nearly every sound we hear is different. Even two birds that are the same kind have a bit of a different tone to their song if you get to know them well enough. In fact, a lot of people sound the same until you know them very well and you start to hear the differences in their voices. Do you know any people who sound almost the same when they talk, and you sometimes have a hard time telling them apart?
    (any answer OK)

    Read John 10:1-16 & 25-27
  4. Who do you think Jesus is talking about when He said, "My sheep?"
    (Jesus is talking about His disciples including us)
  5. What did Jesus say about the sheep?
    (They will listen to His voice and do what He says, they will run away from a stranger's voice)
  6. How do you think you hear Jesus' voice?
    (Jesus puts thoughts in our mind or feelings in our heart. Some people actually hear a voice speak to them, but that doesn't happen very often)
  7. How do we recognize Jesus' voice?
    (We have to get used to listening to it. The more we hear it the more we will be able to tell it is really Jesus' voice. Plus, Jesus would never tell us to do things that are against the Bible or things that our parents would say are wrong.)
  8. It's important that we learn to hear Jesus' voice. We usually hear it in our heart or our minds. When we think of something to do or someone asks us to do something, we usually can tell inside of us when it's wrong. That's Jesus' voice calling us just a like a shepherd. He wants to keep us out of trouble, just a like a shepherd keeps the sheep safe. When we aren't sure if it's Jesus' voice, sometimes we need to ask someone older or someone who knows Jesus' voice better to help us hear His voice until we figure out how to tell the difference between Jesus' voice and the stranger's voice.

Color wheel

Page 44

Coming Soon!


This Makes a Great Evangelism Lesson

From Page 34


  • Pushpin
  • 4 chip lids
  • Pencil
  • large cardboard food container
  • 2 skewers
  • balloon
  • bendy straw
  • twist tie
  • masking tape
  • lightweight cargo
  • (Page 36 has some alternate parts)

Method: See page 34

Meaning: See page 36

Munch on This: This experiment reminds me of a story in the Bible

Read Acts 8:26-40

  1. Do you know who Philip was?
    (Philip was a disciple of Jesus Christ. He was one of the men that Jesus chose at the beginning of his ministry)
  2. Why did Philip choose the path he took?
    (an angel told him to go that way)
  3. What is an Ethiopian?
    (someone from Ethiopia, a country in Africa)
  4. Do you see why this project reminded me of this story?
    (The Ethiopian was riding in a chariot - make sure everyone knows what a chariot is)
  5. What did Philip hear when he came near the chariot?
    (He heard the Ethiopian reading the Bible)
  6. What did Philip do when the Ethiopian wanted to know more about what the Bible said?
    (He told him)
  7. How are those verses from Isaiah (Acts 8:32-33) about Jesus?
    (Jesus was the Lamb of God and was led to be killed. Jesus didn't put up a fight when they arrested Him because He knew He was doing God's will. It was very unjust/unfair that Jesus was killed, he had no children and was killed at a young age)
  8. What else could Philip have told the Ethiopian about Jesus?
    (Jesus death on the cross was for our sins, because Jesus died we can go to heaven if we believe that His death is for our sins. Because He rose again, we can live forever)
  9. Why did the Ethiopian want to be baptized?
    (Because baptism is how we tell everyone that we believe in Jesus and the Ethiopian wanted to be a public believer of Christ)
  10. The balloon was full of potential energy. Do you know potential energy is?
    (Have the kids repeat - potential energy is the energy stored - in this case, stored in the balloon)
  11. When the air left the balloon it produced kinetic energy. What is kinetic energy?
    (have the kids repeat kinetic - Kinetic energy is the energy of motion - when the air is released it makes the chip mobile move and is an example of kinetic energy)
  12. What was the potential energy in the Bible reading today?
    (Philip had potential energy. He knew what Jesus could do -he had it stored in his mind and his heart - he had the "potential" to help someone know about Jesus)
  13. What was the kinetic energy in the Bible Story today?
    (Philip had kinetic energy. He set the Ethiopian's salvation in motion. Because he told the Ethiopian about Jesus, the Ethiopian was baptized and "moved" closer to God.)
  14. What kind of potential energy do we have?
    (we have a lot of potential energy. Because we know that Jesus loves us and wants to help us get to heaven, we have the potential to spread that news.)
  15. What kind of kinetic energy do we have?
    (we have the power to set in motion more people coming to know Christ. Every time we tell someone about Jesus, we make it easier for others to come to Jesus.)

Signal Mirror

page 40


  • Chip Lid
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Black signal sticker from kit
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • craft knife

METHOD: See Page 38

MEANING: See Page 38

MUNCH ON THIS: See Page 39 & read John 8:12 & Matthew 5:14

  1. What did Jesus he is?
    (the light of the world)
  2. What did He say we are?
    (we are the light of the world)
  3. How did Jesus say we get to be the Light of the World?
    (by following Him)
  4. What does a light help do?
    (a light helps find things, it shows dirt in a dark place, it helps us see)
  5. What does it mean that we are supposed to be the light of the world? (We should help people find Jesus, the way we live our life should show that there is a right and wrong way to live, we should help people see the truth. We should be goodness in the middle of bad. God always called the bad things, dark. When people believe lies, God calls it darkness. You might ask the kids what kind of lies do the people in the world believe? People believe that you only have to be “Good” to go to heaven, the truth is you have to believe in Christ and accept his death on the cross. People believe some people are very important – like the President or sports players – but the truth is every single person, even the birds are equally important to God. People who are the light reveal the truth.)
  6. Do we have light all by ourselves? (No)
  7. Then where do we get the light?
    (we “reflect” the light of Jesus – Just like our signal mirror reflects the sun and can help get someone rescued, when we reflect Jesus, we can lead a person to be “rescued” from the devil.)
  8. What happens when our mirror doesn’t face the sun?
    (it can’t reflect the light and won’t be able to send a signal)
  9. What happens when we don’t read our Bible and don’t try to get close to Jesus?
    (we can’t reflect Him. People won’t see Jesus in us, and they won’t be able to be saved)
  10. Pray with the children that they will be able to be a reflection of Jesus Christ so that their friends at school will see Jesus and want to know more about Him.

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