Caught in a trap!

Science with a twist

Watch a stuffed toy animal get “caught” in a mousetrap.

Discussion point: Satan uses many different “baits” to trap us in sin.

This hands-on option helps illustrate the truth of 1 Timothy 6:9-10 – that a desire for riches is one of Satan’s traps.

You will need a mousetrap, bait and stuffed animals

  • Set up a mousetrap, complete with bait.
  • Have your children choose a stuffed animal and ask what their animal loves to eat.
  • Put this item in the trap. Pick up the stuffed animal and pretend that it is sniffing or trying to eat the bait. (Make sure you are the one to do this, and instruct your children to keep their fingers clear!)

Note: If you prefer, you can also use a roll of paper towels to “sniff” the bait and allow the paper towels to be caught in the mousetrap.

The questions for discussion are provided to increase dialogue and learning. For a Biblical perspective, read or paraphrase 1 Timothy 6:9-10. Paul uses the illustration of a trap to explain that the desire for more money and getting rich is one way that Satan can trap us and cause us to wander away from God.

Conclude by praying that God would help you see Satan’s trap of discontentment and greed before you get caught in it.

Questions for discussion
  • Have you ever seen how an animal trap works? If so, how does it work?
  • Would the trap work if the animal did not try to get the bait?
  • Does it hurt an animal to get caught in a trap?
  • Did you know that one kind bait Satan uses, when he tempts us to sin, is the bait of always wanting more?
  • What kind of bait do you think Satan would try to use on you?
  • How do you think that loving money or the things that money can buy could tempt you to sin?
  • How can we be wise and not fall into Satan’s traps?
Relevant Scripture

1 Timothy 6:9-10 “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”