To kick off my 31 Days of Bible Crafts, I decided to go with a classic story: Jesus Feeding the 5,000. This passage can be found in Matthew 14:13-21, John 6, and Mark 6:30-44. This craft would be best for preschool age children, but you could probably stretch it to the elementary age, especially if you had the kids add some details to the fish and punch their own holes in the plates. I got the idea from one of the teacher’s in my 3 year old daughter’s class (it was the same teacher who does these fun bulletin boards).
What You Need:
- 1.5 Paper plates per child
- Brown construction paper
- Orange construction paper
- Hole Puncher
What You Do:
- Begin by drawing 5 circles or loaf-shapes on the brown paper. Cut out loaves and number.
- Use this fish template to trace two fish. Cut out fish and number them.
- Cut a paper plate in half and lay it over another paper plate.
- Hole punch both plates at the same time, lining up the holes to form a type of basket.
- Lace some yarn through the holes in order to secure the plates together.
- Place the 5 loaves and 2 fishes inside and write the Bible passage on the outside of the half plate, as shown.
Things to Remember:
Most crafts can be adapted for older kids by simply allowing kids to do more of the work themselves. For instance, if you have older kids, you could pass out a template and have them draw their own loaves and fishes before they cut them out. If you have younger kids (especially under four), you’ll want to do much of the prep work before the kids come to class. Use the craft elements to review the story and allow kids to put the finishing touches on the project, such as numbering the loaves and fishes or lacing up the plates.
- Jesus Feeds the 5,000 Youtube Video
- Coloring Page from Sermons 4 Kids
- Jesus Feeds the 5,000 Lesson and Crafts from DLTK
- Lesson and Coloring Page from Truth for Children
- Lesson, Crafts, Puzzles, and Games from Calvary Kids