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Prepare the following no-bake snack with your child to learn
more about John the Baptist.

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You’ll need a large bowl, 12 ounces of butterscotch chips, 12
ounces of Chinese noodles, and ½ cup peanut butter. (You can use a
16-ounce bag of marshmallows instead of peanut butter if your child
is allergic to peanuts. Melt the marshmallows separately, then add
the other ingredients.) Melt the butterscotch chips and peanut
butter together. Stir in noodles until they’re completely coated.
Pour melted ingredients into a mixing bowl and have your child
spoon individual “locusts” onto waxed paper. Allow the snacks to
harden. This makes three to four dozen locusts.

While the locust legs are drying, ask, “What would’ve happened
if we left out one of the ingredients or ate one ingredient at a
time rather than taking the time to read the recipe, prepare the
mixture, and spoon the snacks out?”

Read aloud Matthew 3:1-6 and 13-17. Say, “God had a plan, too, before Jesus
came. Why do you think God sent John the Baptist before Jesus? What
might’ve happened if John the Baptist decided not to follow God’s
‘recipe’?”

When the snacks are dry, talk about what John the Baptist ate
and wore.

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God, thank you for sending John the Baptist to make the way for
Jesus. Help us listen to you and follow your recipe for our lives
as best we can. We love you! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Glynis Belec
Drayton, Ontario

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