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Sunday, February 21, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter L

L- Loaves and Fishes

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

Vocabulary Words:

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.


Circle Time:

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?

sundayschoolsources.com- Five Loaves and Two Fishes (song)

Make a Joyful Noise! by Kathryn Nider Wolf, Heather P. Robbins- Jesus Fed Five Thousand (song), page 53

Wonder Stories Age 2 – 3 Leader Guide- Getting Started (finger play activity posted here), page 52

Big Book of Ideas for Children's Faith Formation by Beth Branigan McNamara - Over Five Thousand People Action Play (finger play), page 258


Introduce activities: Jesus said a prayer, then what did he do with the food?

dltk-bible.com- Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, etc.

clclutheran.or Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand

missionarlington.org- Jesus Feeds Five Thousand People (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)
Matthew 14:13-21

missionarlington.org- Jesus Feeds 5,000 (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)
Luke 9:10-17

missionarlington.org- Jesus Feeds A Big Crowd (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)
Matthew 14:13-21

missionarlington.org- Jesus Feeds 5,000 People (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)
Mark 6:30-44

baptist-church.suite101.com- Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

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.

ehow.com- Basket Template #1

valleyviewmarket.com- Basket Template #2

activityvillage.co.uk- Basket Template #3

firstpalette.com- Basket Template #4

5 Loaves and 2 Fishes- Print 1 page for each student. Have them cut out loaves and fishes and put inside their basket.

enchantedlearning.com- Fish Paper Plate Craft
This easy-to-make fish is a cute craft that is made from a single paper plate.

mssscrafts.com- Lots of fish crafts listed.


Introduce game: What miracle did Jesus do? He was able to feed 5,000 people from 5 loaves and 2 fishes.

christiancrafters.com- Fish and Loaves Relay

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.

The Encyclopedia of Bible of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing- Feeding Frenzy (Jesus Feeds Five Thousand)
As your students explore the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand, your kids will discover how God provides for them, too. (page 81).

The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry by Group Publishing- Feed a Face
Children will see how many snacks they can feed into a huge mouth, (page 45).

bibleschoolmaterials.blogspot.com- Twelve Baskets Full

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.

This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


Introduce snack: What did Jesus feed the 5,000 people that came to hear him talk? Bread and fish.

dltk-bible.com- Unleavened Bread and Tuna

Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers

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.

Letter L Snacks-

Lemon-flavored snacks, Lime-flavored snacks, Life-saver themed snacks, Lollypops

Lasagna, Limes, Lemons, Lemon Aide, Lime Jell-O, Lamb, Lettuce, Lemon Meringue Pie, etc.


Prayers while students are doing coloring and/or puzzles.

njministries.org- A small boy shared his lunch with Jesus (coloring)

sermons4kids.com- Feeding the 5,000 (coloring)

jesusandkidz.com- 5 Loaves and 2 Fishes (coloring)

Fish and Loaves (mini book)- Bible Stories from A to Z, page 33.

christianpreschoolpreintables.com- Jesus Feeds 5,000 (mini book)

psscentral.com- Jesus Feeds the Crowd (mini book)

lambsongs.co.nz- “The Boy Shares His Lunch” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)



dltk-teach.com- What begins with L? (mini book)

Loaves and Fishes (handwriting)

kidzone.ws.- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter L

sermons4kids.com- Feeding the 5,000 (maze)

dltk-bible.com- Jesus Feeds 5,000 (maze)

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Loaves and Fishes puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from October 21 - 26).

Feeding 5,000 (dot to dot)- Dot to Dot Bible Pictures: PK – K by Linda Standke, page 21.

Jesus is More Than Enough (find the hidden picture)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s World: PK - K by Linda Standke, page 23.

Feeding 5,000 (dot to dot) page 103, Loaves and Fish (word search) page 104, Jesus is More Than Enough (find the hidden picture) page 105- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK – K

ebibleteacher.com- Which basket is different?

tlsboks.com- Funny Fish Same or Different
Identify the fish that is different.

Big Puzzles for Little Hands by Carla Williams- Jesus Prepares a Big Lunch
Hidden in this picture are 2 fish, 5 loaves of bread, and 12 baskets. Can you find them? (page 23).

More 365 Activities for Kids by Tim Dowley- Number the Pictures in the Right Order (page December 31).

Fish Puzzle Word Cards (Color and cut out fish. Use the fish puzzles to practice reading words.)- Bible Stories from A to Z, page 35.


Lacy @ Catholic Icing said...

Your collections are the best- and this game is adorable as usual! Love your stuff! :-)

Amazing_Grace said...

Thanks Lacy! I made this game a year ago (maybe more) and I'm not too crazy about it. LOL! I'm glad someone likes it. :)

makisig007 said...

Thanks! Lots of fun and memorable game. Will teach to the kids. Thanks. -harry