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Object Talks #001: Magnify God

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

A conversation between a young 10x magnifying glass and an older 200x microscope illustrates what it means to “Magnify the Lord” in daily life. Use this short teaching video to show the kids or to train a leader to do the talk “live.”

Featured Verse: Psalm 69:30

Source Curriculum: DiscipleTown Unit #1: “How to Worship God”

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An Introduction to Object Talks

It was time for a new generation of ToyBox Tales. The first three seasons were done live in Kids Church in front of a live audience and were a lot of fun, so when I started to write the DiscipleTown Kids Church Curriculum, I wanted to include a video to show kids.  However, making ToyBox Tales without a live audience just wasn’t the same. The “magic” of the ad lib in front of a live audience isn’t there when you make a video in a studio. So what did I do? I went to Walmart!

Yup! I went to the store and walked around late one night looking for a new idea. We had tried a fancy new idea with green screen that was pretty cool (maybe we’ll even post that someday), but there was no way we could produce four of those a month! My cart was overflowing with all kinds of ideas that could result in possible videos. But I needed something that I could produce quickly, still played off my wacky sense of humor, and still felt like a ToyBox Tale… even if these were scripted to ensure proper timing and professionalism that matched the excellence that DiscipleLand was bringing to the project.

I finally asked myself, “What do I want to do?”   I answered, “I want to do object lessons.” Then I asked myself, “What are you good at, I mean, what can you do without even thinking about it?”  I laughed while answering, “Pick up objects and start making them talk!” And then it HIT ME…


Instead of telling stories with action figures, I would tell stories with objects.  In contrast to just holding an object and talking about it, I would have the objects do the talking! Forget all the props… I just bought some wiggly eyes that I could put on any object.  Add in a T-shirt that matched the trademark DiscipleLand color to allow me to blend into the background, and wa-la, Object Talks were born!

The contest was tested with a sample video posted on YouTube, which allowed for some helpful feedback from family and friends.  It was then perfected and reshot for curriculum usage, which is what you can view above.  Enjoy!