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Love Overflowing: A Gospel Magic Trick for “Elephant’s Toothpaste”

Love Overflowing: A Gospel Magic Trick for "Elephant's Toothpaste"Here is a fun Gospel magic trick to teach about God’s overflowing love!

Have you ever wished you had more of God’s love? I do. It seems everyday I am praying that God helps me love people the way He loves them. His love is endless! Here is a great Gospel magic trick that uses the fun science experiment that many people call “Elephant Toothpaste.” Your kids will love the reaction and the message as well.

What you will need for this Gospel magic trick:

You will need some kind of large container about the size of a large turkey pan. I actually use a foil pan that is big enough to cook a turkey in. Its sides are about 3″ high.

You will need an empty one liter water bottle. Take off the label.

You will need a small juice glass.

You will need one packet of Active Dry Yeast.

You will need enough warm water to dissolve the yeast in, no more than a 1/4 cup.

You will need approximately 2 cups of 40Volume Clear Hydrogen Peroxide; also known as stabilizer formula (This is what people bleach their hair with). I purchase mine at my local beauty store. The brand name I use is Salon Care. Be aware, you cannot use “normal” hydrogen peroxide from the drug store. It is not powerful enough to give a great effect.

You will need about 13 drops of red food coloring to get a nice blood red color.

You will need a glass carafe or some kind of attractive glass bottle that will hold the peroxide.

You will need about a teaspoon of liquid dish soap.

You will need a funnel.

You will need the following two labels found on this page: Labels for the carafe and water bottle

God’s Love – Attach this label to your carafe.

YOU – Attach this label to your empty water bottle. Make sure is really sticks even if it gets wet.

How to prepare for this Gospel magic trick:

Attach the two labels as directed above.

Pour the hydrogen peroxide into the carafe and add the drops of food coloring to make it a nice blood red.

Pour the dish soap into the empty water bottle.

Place the water bottle in the middle of the pan and set the carafe and glass of yeast and funnel to the side of the pan.

Here is the script that goes nicely with this Gospel magic trick that I have adapted from Chris Koch,  [email protected],  Risen Christ Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries

Who would like to have more of God’s love?

You? You? You? Me too!

But how do we get or grow in God’s love?

Let’s let this empty bottle remind you of you…or you…or you. (Point to children in the audience.)

Let’s let this pretty bottle remind us of God’s love. The red can remind us of the blood that Jesus shed for each of us for the forgiveness of sin.

Now, back to my question. How do we grow or get filled with more of God’s love?

(During each of the following 3 statements, you will pour some of the peroxide into the empty bottle. You will see some bubbling because of the dish soap, but don’t bring any attention to it, even though the children might say something. Just keep your focus on your talk.)

“We get filled with God’s love when we hear that Jesus died on the cross and rose again for our sins. (pour some peroxide into the glass)

“We get more of God’s love when we find out that He is a Father to us and loves us like we are His children” (pour more peroxide into the glass)

“We get even more love when we find out that He is never going to leave us and is always there for us.” (pour in the rest of the peroxide)

Knowing and believing these truths are great ways for our love to grow.

But have you ever wished you had so much love that it would just pour over into other people’s lives, like your friends’ lives or your family’s  lives or even others’ lives you come in contact with?

How can this happen?

In 1 Peter 1:22, Peter says, “Love one another deeply from the heart.”  I think this kind of deep love can only happen through prayer.

I have here a glass of dissolved yeast. (Hold up the yeast.) Yeast makes things grow, right? Like bread.

Now let’s let this yeast represent your prayers to God to help your love grow so that it overflows to all those around you.

Let’s add our prayers to what we already know is true about God and see what happens.

(Add the dissolved yeast to the peroxide and pretty much right away you will have a wonderful eruption that keeps going and going. It can actually continue for several minutes. The kids will go wild!)

(After some of the excitement dies down, say the following.)

WOW! When God fills us up with His love it spills out of us and we can share that love with others.

I want you to remember to continue to fill yourselves up with God’s love through prayer and by reading the Bible and listening to people who tell you about Jesus.

When you do this, God’s love will overflow to all you meet.

The End

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20 thoughts on “Love Overflowing: A Gospel Magic Trick for “Elephant’s Toothpaste””

  • Yay! This is one of my all time favorites to share. So thankful your kids enjoyed it. Blessings to you and all the kids you serve!

  • Hi there, I just want to say Thankyou !
    Today I demonstrate this experiment to the kids in my church, they love the reaction, we had lovely time, it made all the difference 🙌🏼❤️

  • Hi Tracy, Sorry for the delay! I am so glad you let me know that you tried the 3% hp and that it worked. The kids always love the result! Blessings to you and the kids you minister to!

  • Hi Laurel, I am so sorry for the delay in getting back to you! I believe the yeast cannot sit for that long. The temperature of the water needs to be quite hot as well, so it all should be done fairly quickly. Blessings to you!

  • Wondering if the yeast can be mixed and be used about an hour later. Thanks for all you do

  • Hi Nichole, So sorry for the delay in getting back to you! You can only use hydrogen peroxide that is 40 volume. It’s the peroxide that women use to bleach their hair. I purchase mine form a beauty supply store such as “Sally’s Beauty Supply.” Hope this is helpful. Blessings!

  • Hello,
    I am a bit confused on your directions that you have in your parentheses when pouring the peroxide into the containers. It says to pour some of the peroxide into the bottle a little with each statement and then under each statement it says to pour it into the glass container. Could you please clear this up for me? I am excited to share this with my class.

    Thank you,

  • So awesome! I really love this trick and as you know now, the kids do too! Thanks for sharing!

  • I shared this with our kids at our Easter egg hunt today. I love that it tells the gospel message. They really liked it! One child wanted to add more of God’s love at the end. 🙂

  • The peroxide is safe to touch as long as you don’t have any cuts or scrapes. It can give a little burning sensation if you get it in a cut on your skin. But otherwise it is pretty harmless. I just throw it down the sink. Blessings!

  • So sorry for the delay of this reply! I missed seeing this message. So thrilled that you got to share this trick. The kids really love it! Blessings to you!

  • Hi Zeth, I don’t know if it will still work. You’ll just have to try it. Blessings to you and your ministry!

  • How do I go about cleaning this up though? Is it safe to touch? Ok to through in outside trash can?

  • Thank you for this tut and also for telling where to get the Hydrogen Peroxide… I wanted to do this science experiment with my niece in the past but didn’t know what 6% Hydrogen Peroxide was, as they have it listed in the other tuts, instead of the normal 3%. I had called around to several drug stores and everywhere I could think of trying to find it and gave up because I didn’t want to use the regular peroxide and it be lame… so now that I found this I’m going to use your lesson for my kid’s church class tonight which my niece is in… so excited to use such a cool experiment to show her and the other kids the immensity of God’s Love!

  • Yes. The peroxide will bleach carpet and clothing. You just have to be careful with it. I’ve never had an accident yet and I’ve performed many, many times. Don’t worry and have fun. The kids will LOVE it!

  • I am would like to use this lesson next month as we focus on God’s love.
    However, I am concerned about the peroxide. If spilled, will it take color out of carpet?

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