- Education and Science
The Tubes in The Bible Meets Potato Chip Science
Potato Chip Science - Those "Crisp" Tubes
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 nature and the wind. At Sycamore Tree Church (my home 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 survival and little known facts about some of the things in the experiments.
Here you'll find six lessons based on the Tube section of the book. Go ahead, eat some of those Pringles or Lay's Crisps, you'll need the tubes! (Did you know those tube snacks are called "crisps" instead of chips?) 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.
Chip Tube Gobbler
We used this the
Sunday Before Easter
(AKA Palm Sunday)
Check it out on Page 72
Materials: Short Metal Bottom Chip Tube (or plastic 10oz. cup), thin nail, hammer, paper clip, 18 inches of string, small piece of sponge, construction paper, googly eyes, other decorations, glue
Method: see page 72 - Each child could make one
Meaning: see page 73
Munch on This: Say: This project reminds me of a story in the Bible.
Let's read Mark 14:27-31
- Do you know when this story happened?
(This happened during the Last Supper when Jesus taught us about communion. It was Jesus' last meal before He died.)
- What did Jesus mean when He said, "You will all fall away"?
(every single disciple would run away and not stand up for Jesus.)
- What did Peter say about "falling away?"
(Peter was sure that even if all the other disciples quit following Jesus, He would always stand up for Jesus.)
Let's go on and read what happened to Peter: Mark 14:66-72
- Where was Peter when this happened?
(He was in the courtyard below where they took Jesus)
- What happened when the servant girls noticed him in the crowd?
(he denied He knew Jesus)
- Why didn't Peter want people to know he knew Jesus?
(Peter was afraid whoever new Him would arrest him and put him on trial too)
- What happened when Peter heard the rooster?
(he started crying)
- Why did He start to cry?
(Because he realized that he had really done what he had promised Jesus he could never do)
- Can you make your rooster crow?
(Have the kids make their "rooster" crow)
- This rooster can remind us that Jesus wants us to do our best always. Even if we always go to church or help others, we need to be sure we trust God more than anything else. Otherwise, we're likely to be like Peter and disappoint Jesus by things we say. Every time you hear this rooster crowing, you can remember that we should always stand up for Jesus and tell everyone that we believe in Him.
The Book You've Been Waiting For
- The Bible Meets Potato Chip Science
29 Bible Lessons that use the experiments of "Potato Chip Science" by Allen Kurzweil as a springboard for discussion. Each lesson includes scriptures that tie Mr. Kurzweil's Potato based Science lessons with truths from scripture. Please note:You wil
The kids are going to love this one!
I'll be adding this one soon.
Do you have the Potato Chip Science Kit yet? - You'll Need it!
All of these Bible Lessons are based on experiments from this kit. Because Allen Kurzweil owns the copyright on all of the experiments, I can't give you all of that information, so purchase this kit along with the Bible Study book so you can have hte complete lesson.
Eat up, you need those empty tubes
On Page 76
Materials: 2 Chip Tubes, package of straws
Method: See page 76
Meaning: See Page 76
Munch on This: Read Acts 9:1-19a
- What was Saul doing at the beginning of our scripture today? (threatening followers of the way)
- What was "the way"? (That's what they called followers of Jesus Christ. Let the kids know that Saul didn't like Christians but he was a follower of God. Saul knew all about God and he thought that Christians were going against God)
- What was he going to Damascus to do? (make sure they can say Damascus - Saul was going to Damascus to arrest Christians and take them as prisoners back to Jerusalem)
- What happened to Saul while he was on his way to Damascus? (Saul saw a bright light, heard Jesus' voice and was blinded)
- How long was he blind and what did he do while he was blind? (he was blind for three days and he didn't eat or drink anything)
- What do you think happened to Saul while he was blind? (he probably thought a lot about Jesus talking to him and we know from later in the book of Acts that Saul became Paul and preached about Jesus all over Asia and Europe)
- What made Saul get closer to Jesus? (his blindness - a hard time)
- Tell the kids: Just like our chip cans get closer together because the wind we blow is harder than the air around them a lot of times when life gets harder we get closer to Jesus. The hard wind causes low air pressure between our two cans and sometimes a hard time in life can cause us to feel low. That low feeling helps push us to Jesus. That doesn't mean that we can only get close to Jesus when we have a rough life, but it does mean that the closer we stay to Jesus the easier it is to get through the hard times.
- How did Saul get his sight back? (God told Annanias to go and pray for Saul)
- Did Annanias want to go help Saul when God first told him? (No)
Why not? (Annanias had heard that Saul was going to arrest the Christians. He didn't want to go to jail)
- But what did Annanias do? (Annanias trusted God and went to help Saul)
- Do you think Annanias was already close to Jesus?
Why do you think that?
(Because Annanias heard Jesus talk to him and he trusted Jesus and obeyed Him pretty quickly)
- Tell the kids: Because Annanias listened to God, Saul got his sight back and eventually became one of the most famous men in the Bible. He wrote more than half of the 27 books in the New Testament and traveled everywhere telling about Jesus. Jesus can use us too to be great in His Kingdom, but we must stay close to Him even when life isn't hard.
- How can we stay close to Jesus? (read the Bible, pray, talk about Jesus with our parents and friends, come to Sunday School often)
You can probably figure this one out
But stop back. I'll put it up here soon!
Materials: Pushpin, Short Chip Tube with lid, Marbles or Pebbles, Sharpened Pencil, 4 Pipe cleaners, scissors, Chip Bag, Tape, Map Pin or long straight pin, inch Square Foam cube
Method: See page 78-79
Meaning: See page 79
Munch on this: Read Acts 1:8; Romans 15:13; and 1 Thessalonians 1:5
- Today we made a windmill. Do you know what wind machines can do? (share the diagram at the bottom of page 79)
- How is knowing the speed (strength) and direction of the wind helpful? (if we’re working outside or playing sports, knowing the direction and speed of the wind can help us in our work and our play. Balls get carried away by the wind. We may need to throw a little different to help the ball get to the right place if the wind is blowing very hard.)
- What is one thing that windmills have been used for for centuries? (to produce electricity – to grind grand, pump water and today, to produce energy-electricity. Windmills can give us the power to run our lights and stoves.)
- What do our three verses today tell us also gives us power? (the Holy Spirit)
- How does the Holy Spirit give us power? (Gives us the courage to tell others about Jesus, help us know the right way to go when we are confused. Helps us see the wrong things were are doing so we can always be a good witness.)
- How do we get the power of the Holy Spirit? (see James 4:2 and Luke 11:11-13 – First we have to be children of God – explain Salvation if necessary – then we just have to ask)
- How is the Holy Spirit like the three wind machines the Potato Chip Science Book shows us? The Anemometer that tells us the strength and the speed of the wind, the weather vane which shows the direction of the wind and the turbine which gives power? (you should have already talked about power) (The turbine is like the power of the holy Spirit. It allows us to have the power of God in our lives, the power to resist evil and more. It is like the anemometer, because the Holy Spirit helps us understand the strength we have through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will bring courage to us when we need it most. It is like the weather vane because when we pay attention. It is like the weather vane because the Holy Spirit sends us in the direction we should be going. The trick is being in prayer often and sharing what you have with others.)
- Close in prayer thanking God for the Holy Spirit he has given us.
Material: Plastic chip tubes with lid, paper towels, marker, craft knife, stubby pencil or ” dowel, screw eye and ribbon or Twine, birdseed (16-20 oz. pop bottles would also work for this project)
Method: See page 70 – change step 4 – use twine instead of the screw eye and ribbon. Poke two holes on either side of the top of the can exactly opposite each other and below the lid line. Put one end of the twine in each hole and knot each end inside the tube – this way there will be no weight on the lid and you won’t need to worry about it pulling off when you hang it outside.
Meaning: See page 71
Munch on This: See page 71 and here’s the Bible “Munch On This”
Read Genesis 2:4-23
- What did God call the Garden He had planted in the East? (Eden)
- How did God water His Garden? (a River ran through it that watered the garden. A river so big that it became four other rivers when it separated – we don’t know how big the garden of Eden was, only that there was a tree in the middle that Adam and Eve weren’t supposed to eat from.)
- At the end of Genesis 1, it says we are created in God’s image, but in Genesis 2 God tells us something we were created to do, what does it say God made man for in verse 15? (it says man was created to work the ground and take care of it)
- Who gave all the animals their names? For instance, who was the first one to call a dog, a “dog”? (Adam)
- Why did God bring all the animals to Adam? (God brought them all to him to see if he could find a helper)
- Who did God finally give to Adam as a helper? (a woman)
- Do you know what the woman’s name was? (Eve)
- What kinds of things do you think Adam and Eve had to do to take care of God’s creation? (all answers are good – could include make sure all the plants had water from the river, break up the ground to make sure that the water could soak in well, plant seeds. Not sure if there were weeds before sin entered the world, so can’t say if that’s correct)
- What kinds of things can we do today to help take care of God’s creation? (all answers are probably acceptable – don’t throw trash around, pull weeds from flowers gardens and vegetable gardens, don’t trample through flower gardens and respect other people’s property, make sure animals aren’t abused, be sure to take down the bird feeder or keep it full all winter – some birds will become dependent on the bird feeder, so if we aren’t going to keep it full all winter, we should take it down in the fall so the birds will look for other food while it’s still warm out)
- Close in prayer thanking God for all of His creation and asking His help in seeing where his creation needs extra care.