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18 Memorable Snacks to Enhance Your Bible Lessons

18 memorable snacks designed to enhance your Bible lessons and spice up your class!


From the moment Jesus first broke bread with his disciples to last Sunday when a Sunday school teacher shared a snack with a room full of kids, the Christian experience has been passed from one hand to another in the form of food and fellowship. Food is one of God’s many gifts—a true blessing that serves many purposes. It nourishes, satisfies, and prompts us to share with others. It’s a delicious, tangible reminder of the blessings God has given us.

And food is also a lot of fun! It looks, smells, and tastes great—and it’s the perfect way to make your Bible lessons even more memorable and exciting for kids. These 18 amazing—and simple—food creations are sure to intrigue, engage, and entice the children in your ministry as they explore the Bible. And each food craft comes with suggested Bible connections to help you get the most out of your munchables!

Alert: Some of the following snacks contain peanuts or peanut products. Check for allergies before allowing children to create or consume any items.

18 Memorable Snacks to Enhance Your Bible Lessons

1. Gone Fishin’

Ingredients:

  • Pretzel sticks,
  • peanut butter or cream cheese,
  • paper plates,
  • Goldfish crackers,
  • and a knife.

This is a fun, active snack that illustrates how difficult it can be to “catch fish”! First, use the knife to spread peanut butter or cream cheese on a paper plate. Then fill another paper plate with Goldfish crackers, and place it next to the first plate.

Next, have kids dip one end of a pretzel stick into the peanut butter or cream cheese. Then, using their pretzel stick “fishing rods,” have kids “catch” Goldfish crackers by touching the dipped pretzel ends to Goldfish crackers and picking them up to eat. Monitor kids to prevent “double dipping.”

Bible Connections: Follow Me, Mark 1:16-20; Catching Fish, John 21:4-7.

2. Apple Boats

Ingredients:

  • Apples,
  • thin cheese slices,
  • toothpicks,
  • paper plates,
  • and a knife.

First, core and quarter the apples. Then push a toothpick through opposite ends of a cheese slice to create a “sail.” Next, place the apple wedges on paper plates, skin side down. Then insert a “sail” into the center of each apple wedge.

Bible Connections: Jesus Stills the Storm, Mark 4:35-41; Walking on Water, Matthew 14:22-27; Catching Fish, John 21:1-14; Paul Shipwrecked, Acts 27.

3. Baby Moses Baskets

Ingredients:

  • Large biscuit shredded wheat cereal,
  • marshmallow creme,
  • peanut butter or Nutella hazelnut spread,
  • melted butter,
  • mixing bowls,
  • mixing spoon,
  • wax paper,
  • jelly beans,
  • and red licorice whips.

For every four servings, place one cup of crumbled shredded wheat cereal in a bowl. Then in another bowl, stir one cup of marshmallow creme and one tablespoon of peanut butter or Nutella into 1½ tablespoons melted butter until the mixture becomes syrupy. Next, pour the marshmallow mixture over the shredded wheat cereal, and mix all the ingredients together. Then form four equally sized balls from the mixture and then place them on wax paper and use your thumb to indent each ball, creating a “basket.” Next, use a 3-inch piece of a red licorice whip to create a handle and attach it by sticking it into the top sides of the “basket.” Lastly, put a jelly bean in each basket to represent baby Moses.

Bible Connections: Baby Moses, Exodus 2:1-10.

Alternative: Fill the baskets with Goldfish crackers and white jelly beans to represent the leftover baskets of fish and bread when Jesus fed the 5,000. Or place the indented balls on their sides to represent Jesus’ tomb.

4. Pools of Fish

Ingredients:

  • Blue Jell-O gelatin,
  • boiling water,
  • cool water,
  • gummy sharks,
  • clear plastic cups,
  • a mixing bowl,
  • and a mixing spoon.

First, combine the gelatin and boiling water in the mixing bowl, following the directions on the package. You’ll need enough gelatin for each child to have ½ cup. Then add cool water, and pour equal amounts into the clear cups. Refrigerate the cups until the gelatin begins to thicken. Next, suspend gummy sharks in the middle of the gelatin cups, and then place the cups back in the refrigerator until the gelatin is set.

Bible Connections: Creation, Genesis 1:20-23; Jonah and the Fish, Jonah 1-2; Follow Me, Mark 1:14-20; Catching Fish, John 21:1-14.

5. Sunshine Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • Yellow frosting,
  • cupcakes,
  • candy corn,
  • orange Tic Tac mints,
  • plastic knives,
  • and red licorice whips.

Spread yellow frosting on the cupcakes, and then arrange candy corn pieces around the cupcakes’ edges to create the sun’s rays. Finish by adding two orange Tic Tac mints for eyes and a red licorice whip for a smile.

Bible Connections: God Creates Light, Genesis 1:14-18; The Day the Sun Stood Still, Joshua 10:12-14; Easter Morning, John 20:1-9.

6. Baking Bread

Ingredients:

  • Bread dough,
  • cookie sheets,
  • a clean work surface,
  • access to an oven,
  • oven mitts,
  • and nonstick spray.

Give each child a fist-sized piece of bread dough, and have kids each roll the ball into a “rope.” Then, on the cookie sheets, have kids shape their ropes into ovals, crossing the ends to create fish shapes. Once kids have perfected their shapes, bake the bread according to the recipe directions.

Bible Connections: Boy Shares Lunch, Mark 6:30-44.

7. Amazing Animals

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate pudding,
  • small paper cups,
  • chocolate cookies,
  • resealable plastic bags,
  • plastic spoons,
  • and gummy animals or animal crackers.

Have kids each fill a small paper cup ¾ full with chocolate pudding. Then give each child one chocolate cookie. Have kids crush the chocolate cookies inside the resealable plastic bags. Then, use the chocolate cookie crumbs to create a “dirt” layer on top of the pudding layer. Insert gummy animals or animal crackers in the “dirt.”

Bible Connections: Creation, Genesis 1:24-25; Noah’s Ark, Genesis 7; Sheet Full of Animals, Acts 10: 9-23; Animals in the Stable, Luke 2:7.

Alternative: Fill celery sticks with peanut butter or cream cheese. Top the celery sticks with animal crackers.

8. Cracker Kids

Ingredients:

  • Round crackers,
  • Cheez Whiz processed cheese spread,
  • pretzel sticks,
  • and paper plates.

First, have kids cover one side of a round cracker using the Cheez Whiz processed cheese spread. Then place another cracker on top of the first. Next, kids can stick pretzels between the crackers for arms and legs. Finish the treats by drawing a face on the top cracker using Cheez Whiz processed cheese spread.

Bible Connections: God Makes People, Genesis 1:26-31 and Genesis 2:7; Jesus Loves Children, Mark 10:13-16.

9. Broccoli Forest

Ingredients:

  • Uncooked broccoli florets,
  • cream cheese or vegetable dip,
  • paper plates,
  • and plastic spoons.

Have kids place a mound of cream cheese or vegetable dip in the center of a plate. Then give kids broccoli florets to stick into the dip or cream cheese to create forests.

Bible Connections: The Tree of Life, Genesis 3:1-7; The Fig Tree, Luke 13:6-9; Zacchaeus Climbs a Tree, Luke 19:1-10.

10. Sweet Angels

Ingredients:

  • Refrigerated sugar cookie dough roll,
  • a knife,
  • cookie sheets,
  • access to an oven,
  • a spatula,
  • cooling racks,
  • oven mitts,
  • and nonstick spray.

Cut a ¼-inch slice of refrigerated sugar cookie dough for each child. Then have kids cut their dough circles into triangles with rounded bottoms for the angels’ bodies. Use the two remaining semicircles to create wings. Lastly, to create the angels’ heads, give each child a pinch of dough to roll into a ball and flatten.

Have kids arrange their dough in angel formations on cookie sheets, and bake according to the package directions.

Bible Connections: Jacob’s Dream, Genesis 28:10-16; Angels, Luke 1:8-19.

11. Celery Chariots

Ingredients:

  • Sliced carrots,
  • celery sticks,
  • cream cheese,
  • Keebler E.L. Fudge sandwich cookies,
  • toothpicks,
  • plastic knives,
  • and paper plates.

First, attach carrot slice “wheels” to the sides of a celery stick using toothpicks. Then fill the celery with cream cheese. Finish by placing an E.L. Fudge cookie into each celery “chariot.”

Bible Connections: Elijah’s Fiery Chariot, 2 Kings 2:1-11; Naaman’s Healing, 2 Kings 5:1-15; Philip and the Ethiopian, Acts 8:26-40.

12. Prayer Necklaces

Ingredients:

  • Froot Loops cereal
  • and red licorice whips.

First, have kids string Froot Loops cereal on red licorice whips. Then have kids tie the ends of the licorice whips together, and then put on the prayer necklaces. Encourage kids to eat a piece of cereal as each prayer request or praise is shared during class prayer time, or encourage kids to take home their prayer necklaces and pray at home.

Bible Connections: Hezekiah’s Prayer, Isaiah 38:1-6; Daniel’s Prayer, Daniel 6:10-11; The Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:7-15; Tax Collector’s and Pharisee’s Prayers, Luke 18:9-14.

13. Mallow Sheep

Ingredients:

  • Large and miniature marshmallows,
  • white frosting,
  • red licorice whips,
  • Red Hots candies,
  • plastic knives,
  • and paper plates.

Give each child two large marshmallows for the sheep’s body and one marshmallow for the head. Use miniature marshmallows for legs and a tail. First, cut one miniature marshmallow in half vertically, and place one half on each side of the sheep’s head for ears. Then use frosting to connect all the marshmallows. Lastly, create the sheep’s eyes and mouth using Red Hots candies and licorice whips, attached with frosting.

Bible Connections: Young David, 1 Samuel 16; The Shepherds, Luke 2:8-20; The Lost Sheep, Luke 15:1-7; The Good Shepherd, Psalm 23 and John 10:7-16.

14. Spread the Word

Ingredients:

  • Jam or cream cheese,
  • bread or large crackers,
  • alphabet cereal,
  • plastic knives,
  • bowls,
  • and paper plates.

Pour alphabet cereal into bowls where kids can easily reach them. Then have kids spread jam or cream cheese on pieces of bread or large crackers on paper plates. You may need to help younger children. Then, depending on the Scripture you use, have kids use the alphabet cereal to spell simple words from the verse on their prepared bread slices or crackers.

Bible Connections: Call Him John, Luke 1:57-66; Name Him Jesus, Luke 1:26-33; I Have Called You by Name, Isaiah 43:1-5.

15. Banana Lights

Ingredients:

  • Bananas,
  • pineapple rings,
  • maraschino cherries,
  • paper plates,
  • toothpicks,
  • and a knife.

Create these fun banana “candles” with kids. To make each candle, place one half of a banana-pointed end up inside a pineapple ring. Then attach a maraschino cherry “flame” to the top of the banana with a toothpick.

Bible Connections: Be a Light, Matthew 5:14-16; Keeping Our Lamps Lit, Matthew 25:1-13.

16. Fruity Bandage

Ingredients:

  • Fruit Roll-Ups fruit rolls,
  • scissors appropriate for food,
  • and forks.

First, have kids create fruity bandages by cutting one large rectangle with rounded corners from a Fruit Roll-Up snack. Then have kids cut a smaller rectangle for the bandage pad. Next, kids center the small rectangle on top of the larger one to make a “bandage.” Finally, poke air holes into the bandage with a fork.

Bible Connections: Healing of Paralytic, Mark 2:1-12; Healed Deaf Man, Mark 7:31-35; Healing of Blind Man, Mark 8:22-26; Healed Centurion’s Servant, Luke 7:1-10.

17. Cheese Blocks

Ingredients:

  • Small cheese cubes,
  • paper plates,
  • and toothpicks.

Have kids use cheese cubes to build various structures from events in the Bible. Toothpicks inserted into the blocks help stabilize the structures, which can be gobbled up when kids are done constructing.

Bible Connections: Tower of Babel, Genesis 11:1-9; Wall of Jericho, Joshua 6:1-21; Building God’s Temple, 1 Kings 6:1-14; Elijah and the Burning Altar, 1 Kings 18:30-38; House Built on Rock, Matthew 7:24-27; Believers in Prison, Acts 16:16-34.

18. Crown Cake

Ingredients:

  • Premade 9×13-inch sheet cake,
  • 15×30-inch piece of cardboard,
  • aluminum foil,
  • yellow frosting,
  • decorator’s sugar,
  • assorted candies,
  • plastic knives,
  • plastic forks,
  • and paper plates.

Carefully remove the cake from the cake pan and place it on an aluminum-covered cardboard base. Cut a zigzag down the center of the cake lengthwise. Then, lay the two halves of the cake side by side with the zigzag edge at the top to create a crown shape.

Next, have kids frost the cake, starting with frosting between the two cake halves to hold them together. Once the entire cake is frosted, have kids decorate the crown with decorator’s sugar and assorted candies for jewels.

Bible Connections: Saul, 1 Samuel 10:9-27; David, 2 Samuel 5:1-5; Solomon, 1 Kings 1:11-40.

Doris Schuchard is a freelance writer in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

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