Although the concept of God being three-in-one is hard for even adults to understand, it is important to introduce children to the Trinity. Interestingly the word "trinity" isn't used in the Bible but the concept of God being three distinct individuals - God the Father, the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit - in one true God fills the Scriptures. The word trinity comes from "tri" meaning three and "unity" meaning one.
Acts 16:31a Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
The "Trinity Song" is one that we sang at Good News Club growing up. Mrs. Susan used a large circle to help us sing this song and understand the concept of "Three in One."
Tune of "Are you Sleeping?"
God the Father, God the Father
God the Son, God the Son
God the Holy Spirit, God the Holy Spirit
Three in One, Three in One.
For this song, I suggest using a large circle made of card-stock or poster-board. Draw three lines to create pie shapes. In one third write "Father." In the next "Son" and "Holy Spirit" in the last. Write the words in a circle pattern. As you sing the song, turn the circle so the correct "word" is on top. (See picture above). For older child, this song can be sung in a round. You may want to have separate circles made for each part.
St. Patrick used a shamrock to explain the Trinity - God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. Place a blob of white, yellow, and blue paint on each leaf of Shamrock Printable. Mix the colors together to make light green; three colors to form one color. Can also mix three colors of play dough together. Idea shared by Heather. See more St. Patrick's Day ideas.
Water - Steam, Liquid, Ice - Three forms but all H20.
Egg - Shell, Yoke, White - Three forms that create an egg.
"God Milk" - Pouring milk (representing the Holy Spirit) into a glass (representing the child) and then added yellow food coloring (God the Father) and blue (God the Son). Stir it up and you have 1 God, but with 3 parts. Thanks to Heather for this idea.
Color or paint the candy corn using white, orange, and yellow. Look at the candy corn and discuss the three colors and the Trinity. Then eat some candy corn as a treat. Okay ,this one is a little of a stretch, but fun none the less!
Twisty pretzels also have 3 parts to the whole pretzel. Idea shared by Heather..
Apple - peel (God the Father protects us), flesh (Jesus is God in flesh), seeds (the Holy Spirit helps us grow)
3 in 1: A Picture of God uses the example of an apple to explain the Trinity. Idea shared by Tonia
A three-legged stool demonstrates how each part of the Trinity is important. Removing one part of the stool will cause it to no longer be a stool.