Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) Sunday School Lessons and Activities for Kids

The parable of the talents is much more than a financial tale. In this story, we see the importance of using our blessings wisely and sharing with others. This doesn’t just refer to monetary possessions or physical belongings, but to the time and talents that God gives all of us. By sharing this parable with children, we communicate the importance of recognizing that our abilities have purpose and value in many ways.

Use these free Bible lesson to teach kids in your Sunday School class this important message. We’ve included complete teaching plans, game suggestions, craft ideas, and bonus coloring page. Simply download the PDF files below.

Matthew 25:14-30 Sunday School Lessons

More Teaching Ideas on the Parable of the Talents

“Parable of the Talents” Bible Craft Demonstration

Use these hands-on learning activities when teaching from Matthew 25:14-30, where Jesus told the Parable of the Talents. Download our craft directions below, gather your craft supplies, and watch the example video as you prepare to teach. These simple projects are ideal for your Sunday School or Children’s Church.

Children’s Sermon Lesson on Matthew 25:14-30

This free object lesson based children’s message is from Matthew 25:14-30, where Jesus teaches the Parable of the Talents. Download our message notes below, gather your supplies, and watch our teaching example as you prepare. This lesson is perfect for children’s church, Sunday School, or anytime you need a short kids sermon.

“Blessings with a Purpose”
Children’s Bible Study on the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)

This story reminds me of decorative throw pillows and “mint in the box” collector’s items. It doesn’t seem to make sense to have something and refuse to use it. Why make things stale and lifeless by keeping them from their purpose? It’s like hiding away candy until it goes bad. No one benefits. This parable reminds us that God gives each of us talents, and wants us to use them. Our gifts are to be tools, and we are entrusted with building others up through our blessings.

Lesson focus: This lesson considers how we can be stewards, not just of money, but of our time, resources, and abilities. When we share what we have with others, ultimately we wind up with more than we started out having. We are blessed in order to pass on good things to others, and we give back to God in thanks and gratitude. 

Passage: Matthew 25:14-30

Target Audience: Kindergarten-6th grade (variable for activity emphasis)

Materials Needed: Construction paper, scissors, decorations, glue, string, hole punch, oil, cotton balls, crayons, paper plates, fabric/felt, tissue box or shoebox, pipe cleaners, Bible (optional materials, depending on crafts and activities of choice).

Bible Passage to Reference:

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Matthew 25:14-30
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