Objectives:The children will be able to
- retell the story The Loaves and Fishes
- discuss what a miracle is
- identify the miracle that Jesus did in the story Loaves and Fishes
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson
Loaves & Fishes Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.
Materials: 2 paper plates and a marker. (Make one of the plates into a happy face. Make the other a sad face.)
Show the children the happy face and sad face.
Ask: Has anyone ever taken a toy you were playing with and said, “That’s mine!. You can’t play with that!” (Discuss.)
How did it make you feel? Which face shows how you felt? (Have children point to the sad paper plate face and describe how they felt.)
How do you feel when someone shares with you? (Have children point to the happy face and describe how they would feel.)
What are some things you share with others? (Discuss.)
How do you feel when you share with someone? (Have the children point to a paper plate face and describe how they would feel.)
Say: Sharing sure does make us feel good. It is fun to share!
Introduce story: Do you know what a miracle is? A miracle is an amazing thing that cannot be explained that only God or Jesus can do. Listen to this story about Jesus doing a miracle and a boy sharing his lunch.
Read story "Loaves and Fishes" from your own story book. Or while reading the story “Jesus Feeds 5,000 People” from Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 83 - 85 and do cut outs as the story unfolds.
Then ask questions from below.
1. Who did the people come to see and hear him talk? (Jesus)
2. How many men, women, and children were there? (5,000)
3. What did Jesus do to the people who were ill? (Healed them.)
4. Jesus became worried because of what? (The people were hungry.)
5. Jesus asked a boy to share his food. What did he have? (He only had 5 loaves and 2 fishes.)
6. Jesus said a prayer, then what did he do with the food? He broke up the bread and fishes and handed them to the disciples to give to the people.
7. How much leftover food was there? Enough to fill 12 baskets.
Songs and/or Finger Plays:
Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Jesus asked a boy to share his food. What did he have?
sundayschoolkids.com- Jesus’ Miracle Feeding The 5,000
Children, from pre-school up through about 5th grade have very little actual concept of what 5,000 of anything really is. They may know a million is a very big number, but most likely never saw a million of anything. They may have seen, but not known by count, 5,000 of anything. The concept of feeding 5,000 men (plus women and children) with 2 small fish and 5 loaves of bread may impact adult imagination, but the magnitude of the miracle may not as easily be grasped by children. This step-by-step activity will help understand how great the miracle of feeding of the 5,000 men (plus women and children) was.
Introduce craft: What miracle did Jesus do? He was able to feed 5,000 people from 5 loaves and 2 fishes.
Feeding the 5,000- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 45 & 46.)
Fish and Bread- Five loaves of bread and two fish will easily fill the baskets that the children have made. Even though this comes from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to do. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 55 & 56).
books.google.com- A Basket With Five Loaves and Two Fishes- A craft to show how Jesus turned five loaves and two fishes into enough to feed 5,000 people by unfolding the loaves and fishes to turn a little food into a lot. (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, pages 46 - 48).
*Have the children make a basket and put 5 loaves and 2 fishes inside or attach them to the basket with glue.
Bread, Basket, Fish- Play a large group version of Rock, Paper, Scissors using the words Bread, Basket and Fish. (The Really Big Book of Bible Games by Gospel Light, page 211.)
christianpreschoolprintables.com- Jesus Feeds 5,000 (file folder game)
This is a fun file folder game where the children can work on early math skills. They will match the equation to the answer (fish to bread). This is a good game to play when learning about Jesus' miracles of feeding the multitudes.
Loaves and Fishes (file folder game)- Players must collect as many loaves and fishes as they can as they move around the board. The game is over when the timer goes off. Whoever has the most loaves and fishes, wins.
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Introduce snack: What did Jesus feed the 5,000 people that came to hear him talk? Bread and fish.
Mini Loaves- Use refrigerator biscuits to bake tiny loaves of bread. Give each child a piece of biscuit dough. Let them shape and place on a cooking sheet. Bake according to directions. Share “loaves” with class.
Fish in the Ocean Snack- Make blue JELL-O and add gummy fish to it. Children love to see the fish wiggle or swim in the JELL-O.
Aquariums- Spread peanut butter on graham crackers and top with Pepperidge Farms Goldfish crackers.
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