Use this object lesson on friendship to teach kids what it means to be a good friend.

Object Needed: Salt and Pepper Shakers

Big Idea: Be a true friend.

We've included the text for this object lesson below and we even recorded a video to help give you ideas for how to teach it.  Enjoy watching!

Friendship Object Lesson Script

Can someone tell me what this is? It's a salt shaker, and I bet every time you sit down to eat there's one on the table. We see them at home, and at restaurants. Even the cheapest fast-food joint has a salt shaker on the table. We expect it. But let me ask you something, is that the only thing we expect to see on the table? Who sets a table of just salt? If you're going to have a salt shaker on the table, you're going to need a pepper shaker too.

Salt and pepper are complements to foods that come together like peanut butter and jelly. Salt and pepper are usually in similar containers, but on the inside, they don't look alike at all. They don't taste alike either, and yet in spite of their differences, salt and pepper go together perfectly. True friendship is like salt and pepper.

People can have number of differences; but in spite of those differences, they can find a common ground to share good times and bad. Salt and pepper can take a bland, boring meal, and turn it into something delicious. True friends can take a bad situation and turn it into something wonderful. You'll never find salt without pepper. And like salt and pepper, true friends are the ones that'll stick with you no matter where you are, what situations you face. You don't have to be exactly alike or have everything in common, you just have to be willing to be there.

Looking for more?  Be sure to view our entire collection of 52 Bible object lessons for kids and children's sermons.