3 Bible-Based Snacks Kids Will Eat Up

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Food FixGood Sunday school snack times
incorporate the day’s lesson into the snack. Not just an extra
reward for being good, snack time becomes an integral part of the
experience. If you’re looking for quick and easy ways to give your
snack time a boost, here are three ideas to get you started. They
each take a passage from the Bible and bring it to life using
food!

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Snack:  Faith Food

Based On:  Matthew
14:22-33

Point:  Jesus helps us
believe.

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Best for:  Preschool

What You’ll Need: 1 graham
cracker, and 1 elf-shaped cookie per child, paper plates, vanilla
yogurt, blue food coloring, plastic knives, antibacterial gel
(optional)

Preparation: Color a
large container of yogurt with blue food coloring.

Here’s What to Do: Read
Matthew 14:22-33. Have children clean their hands. Set out a bowl
with blue yogurt and several plastic knives in the center of the
table. Give each child a plate with a graham cracker and an
elf-shaped cookie. Show the children how to spread the yogurt on
the cracker to make the sea. Have children each place the cookie on
the yogurt to represent Peter walking on the water. Encourage one
child to pray and thank God for the snack.

Afterwards Ask: Why do you
think Peter wanted to walk on water? Why do you think Jesus let him
sink? What helps you believe in Jesus?

Jesus helps us believe. We can do important
things for Jesus. But first we need to have faith in Jesus.

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Snack: Tall and Short
Snacks

Based On: Luke 19:1-10

Point:  Jesus loves
everyone.

Best for: Pre-K & K

What You’ll Need: pretzel
sticks, softened cream cheese, fresh parsley, paper plates, plastic
knives, antibacterial gel (optional)

Preparation: None

Here’s What to Do: Read Luke
19:1-10.Have children clean their hands. Give kids plates with one
to two tablespoons of softened cream cheese in the center and
pretzel sticks and a sprig of parsley on the side. Pray and thank
God for loving the children and for providing the snacks. Encourage
kids to use the snack items to retell what happened in the Bible.
Kids can stand up the parsley sprig in the cream cheese to
represent the tree Zacchaeus climbed, break a pretzel in half to
represent Zacchaeus, and use the other, taller pretzel sticks for
Jesus and the people.

Afterwards Ask: Tell about a
time you were too small to see something. Why do you think
Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus so much?

Remind kids that Jesus loves everyone, whether
a person is tall or short. Have a child pray and then let kids
enjoy playing and eating their snacks.

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Snack: The Loaves and the
Fishes

Based On: John 6:1-15

Point: God meets our
needs.

Best for: 1st and
2nd Grade

What You’ll Need: Bible,
large basket, two cloth napkins, pretzel sticks, Goldfish crackers,
paper napkins

Preparation: Place a cloth
napkin in a large basket, and pour a large portion of pretzel
sticks and Goldfish crackers into the basket. Then place another
cloth napkin over the snack. On top of the second napkin place five
pretzel sticks and two fish crackers.

Here’s What to Do: Gather the
children in a circle around the basket you prepared beforehand.
Open your Bible, and show them the Bible passage in John 6:1-15.
Ask one child to play the part of Jesus, another one to play
Andrew, and another one to play the young boy. Everyone else can be
either a disciple or a part of the crowd. Hand the basket to the
child portraying the boy. As you tell what happened in the Bible,
prompt children to do the motions described in the passage.

Say: Jesus was with his disciples,
climbing up a mountainside.
Have Jesus and the disciples
make climbing motions and move across the room. A large
crowd of people began to come toward them. 
Have
everyone else make climbing motions and move across the room.
Jesus was training his disciples and asked them how they
would feed all of these people. One disciple, Philip, said “Eight
months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a
bite!” But another of Jesus’ disciples, Andrew, brought to Jesus a
boy who had a basket of five small loaves of bread and two
fish. 
Have Andrew find the boy with the basket and
bring him to Jesus. Andrew said, “Here is a boy with five
small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go
among so many?” Jesus had all the people sit down-all 5,000 of
them! 
Have everyone in the crowd sit down.
Then Jesus gave thanks and distributed the food.
Have Jesus begin to pass out the five pretzel sticks and two
crackers from the top of the basket. Ask another disciple to hand
out paper napkins to everyone. Even though there were only
five loaves and two fishes,
(remove the top napkin from the
basket)all the people ate as much as they
wanted! 
Have Jesus continue to pass out the snack.
While everyone eats the snack, continue reading. When all
5,000 people finished eating, Jesus told the disciples to gather
the leftover food-and there were 12 baskets of food left! After the
people had realized the miracle Jesus had performed, they said,
“Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the
world.”

Afterwards Ask: What did
Jesus do to show the people that they could count on him? What does
our Bible passage show us about how God meets our needs? Tell about
a time God answered your prayer in a way that was bigger than you
thought possible.

Say: Jesus’ miracle helps us know that God
meets our needs,always! In this passage, Jesus even saw the need
before anyone said they were hungry. And God knows your needs, too.
He can help in bigger ways than you can imagine! God sent Jesus to
meet all of our needs. Let’s think about how he does that.

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

3 Comments

  1. Children's Ministry Magazine
    Betty neufeld on

    Awesome ideas! I LOVE being able to incorporate the snack idea with the lesson, rather than totally unrelated food items. On Wednesday night at our church, it is important for my pre-k and K kiddos to have something to get them through the evening activities. Thanks so much for the great ideas!

  2. Children's Ministry Magazine

    We love to have snacks with meaning, especially in the Early Childhood classes. We have had theme snacks to go with our elementary Wed. Night movie series too.
    The biggest challenge is including protein on a tight budget.
    Thanks for healthy ideas.

  3. Children's Ministry Magazine

    Betty and Laura—Thanks so much for your comments, and thank you both for what you do! It's so easy just to skip snack time or to give snacks that don't relate to the lesson. But I believe it's worth going that extra mile and making sure you have snacks that everyone can enjoy and connects with the lesson. God bless!

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