Kids love incredible edible Bible lessons — based on what real kids say! Several years ago, we asked over 900 kids to tell us what they liked best about Sunday school. One of their top answers was snacks.
So, if you really want to capture kids’ attention, teach them Bible stories using these snacks from Incredible Edible Bible Fun by Nanette Goings (now out of print).
Verses to Devour: Genesis 27:21-23
Supplies: a kiwi fruit, half a banana, a grape, two raisins, a plastic knife, and a paper plate.
What to Do: Rinse the fruit, and peel the banana half. Using the plastic knife, quarter the kiwi lengthwise-leaving the skin on the kiwi-so you have four canoe-shaped pieces. Place the banana half on the paper plate as Esau’s body, and place the kiwi sections as Esau’s fuzzy arms and legs. Use the grape for Esau’s head and the two raisins for his feet. Admire your fruit sculpture, and then eat it.
What to say: As the kids are enjoying their Fuzzy Arms sculptures, read aloud Genesis 27:21-23.
Ask: How do you think Esau felt when he found out that his brother stole his blessing? How can dishonesty hurt someone? hurt God? Why do you think God wants us to be honest?
Pray: Dear God, we know that you value honesty. Please help us work hard to be fair and honest. Amen.
QUEEN ESTHER’S CROWNS
Supplies: softened cream cheese, a flour tortilla, strawberry jam, a banana, raisins, a plastic knife, and a paper plate.
What to Do: Spread softened cream cheese on a flour tortilla. Then smooth strawberry jam on top of the cream cheese. Cut a banana into small pieces, and sprinkle the banana and raisins on top as the “jewels” in the “crown.” Roll the tortilla, and slice the roll into 1-inch sections. Lay Queen Esther’s Crowns cut-side down, and admire all of the jewels inside before munching.
What to Say: After kids have made their Queen Esther’s Crowns, read aloud Esther 2:13-17 and 4:13-16 or summarize the whole story. Then ask: How did God help Queen Esther? In what ways can God help you be brave? How does being brave help you serve God?
Say: Esther was brave because she knew that God loved her and would want her to stand up for his people. God helped Esther do a very hard thing, and God will help us do hard things, too.
Theme: Celebrating Jesus’ birth
Verses to Devour: Matthew 2:10-11
Supplies: five gingersnap cookies, a resealable plastic sandwich bag, a teaspoon, corn syrup, creamy peanut butter, wax paper, star-shaped cookie cutters, cinnamon, sugar, and napkins.
What to Do: Place five gingersnaps in a resealable plastic bag, and seal the bag. Crush the cookies into fine crumbs. Open the bag to add two teaspoons of corn syrup and one teaspoon of creamy peanut butter. Close the bag, and knead the ingredients until a dough forms. Remove the dough from the bag, and flatten it on a square of wax paper. If the dough is sticky, add another crushed gingersnap. If the dough is too dry, add another teaspoon of corn syrup. Cut out star shapes, and then sprinkle the dough cookies with cinnamon and sugar. What a spicy treat-and oh, so sweet!
What to Say: After everyone has cut out and spiced up several stars, read aloud Matthew 2:10-11. Then ask: How did the wise men celebrate Jesus’ birth? How did their gifts show love? How can we celebrate Jesus’ birth today?
Close by singing the following song to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”
Twinkle, twinkle, little star. What a super sign you are.
Up above the world so high, Announcing Jesus in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star. You helped the wise men travel far.
Verses to Devour: Matthew 19:13-14
Supplies: a chocolate graham cracker, a resealable plastic sandwich bag, chocolate syrup, a teaspoon, and napkins.
What to Do: Place one whole chocolate graham cracker inside a resealable plastic bag. Release the excess air; then seal the bag. Crush the graham cracker into fine crumbs with your hands. Open the bag, and add two teaspoons of chocolate syrup. Seal the bag. “Handle with care” as you knead the ingredients in the bag until they form a ball of “fudge.” Open the bag, and enjoy your Handle-With-Care Fudge.
What to Say: When everyone has made a bag of fudge, read aloud Matthew 19:13-14. Ask: Why did Jesus want children to come to him? How can you handle others with care this week?
Say: We’re all important to Jesus, and he especially loves children. Let’s say a prayer of thanks for Jesus’ love. Pray: Dear Lord, thank you for loving us. And thank you for letting us know how precious children are to you. We love you, too. Amen.
Theme: Jesus’ resurrection
Verses to Devour: Matthew 28:5-6
Supplies: a can of pineapple slices, a can opener, a small paper plate, a plastic knife, string cheese, a whole maraschino cherry, and candy sprinkles.
What to Do: Open the can of pineapple slices, and drain the juice. Place one pineapple ring on a paper plate. Slice the pineapple ring in half, and turn the halves to make two curved butterfly wings. Unwrap the string cheese, and cut it in half. Place half of the string cheese between the wings as the butterfly’s body. Use a whole maraschino cherry as the butterfly’s head. Decorate the wings with candy sprinkles. Eat and enjoy!
What to Say: After everyone has made a Fluttery Butterfly, read aloud Matthew 28:5-6.
Ask: What does it mean to us that Jesus is alive today?
As kids are enjoying their treats, say: Whenever we see a butterfly in the spring, it reminds us that Jesus is alive and with us today!
Adapted from Incredible Edible Bible Fun from Group Publishing, Inc. Used by permission.