Self-Control Object Lesson

Do you find that your kids need a little prod to use some self-control? Here’s a little demonstration that can help them understand why they shouldn’t fly off the handle!

For this object lesson, you will need two medicine cups, something to contain the mess, water, vinegar, and baking soda.

First let the kids smell, taste and feel the water, vinegar, and baking soda. Tell them that the baking soda is like our flesh, the water is like self-control and that the vinegar is like things that irritate us.

Fill one medicine cup half-full with baking soda and the other half-full with water. Pour a little vinegar in the baking soda. (Make sure you get enough in it to make it boil over.)

Explain that this is what happens when we put our flesh in control and something irritating happens. We get all worked up and boil over. Talk about how boiling over can cause us to do and say things we shouldn’t.

Then pour some vinegar into the water.

Nothing happens. Explain that when we let self-control be in charge, the irritant doesn’t spill over and hurt others. Let them taste this medicine cup. It isn’t as strong as the pure vinegar is it? Self-control dilutes the irritant so we can be clear headed and figure out how to deal with it.

Everyone gets angry sometimes. Even God! But how we deal with it can make the situation worse if we don’t put self-control in charge.


God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

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