Bible Stem Challenge: Gideon

Have you ever thought about using STEM challenges to teach your Bible lessons?  I love using STEM at church in my Sunday School class!

Today, let's talk about the Drink the Water challenge we used with the Bible story about Gideon with kindergartners!

What You'll Need

My favorite STEM challenges are ones you can do with things you have lying around the house or classroom!  This one is no different.  All you need is...
  • A bowl
  • A large cookie sheet for overspill
  • Water
  • (adorable kid not included... :) )

You will need as many bowls/sheets as you have kids that will participate.  Not all kids have to participate, but it is not a challenge they can take turns trying....Once they figure it out, there is no point in continuing to try! :)

Before the challenge starts, you will fill the bowl(s) with water and put a cookie sheet underneath it.  Another option is to take this challenge outside so you don't have to worry about spilling water!

Drink the Water Challenge

Once you are prepped and ready, the challenge is simple: The kids must drink the water in the bowl without touching the bowl. (They can't pick it up or tip it.)

You time them for 1 minute and see who can drink the most water!

My guy had fun testing out different strategies!

After the challenge, share the strategies and which were the most efficient.  Why were they efficient?

Many of my Bible STEM challenges are designed to do after the Bible story, but this one is important to do BEFORE you even introduce the story in case kids are already familiar with Gideon and how God told him to choose his army.  Since the Bible story actually tells the ways the men drank the water, it would be pointless! ;)

You can find the Gideon & Deborah kindergarten unit on courage here.

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