The story of Jesus' feeding a multitude of 5,000 people with only five loaves of bread and two fish is found in Matthew, Chapter 14 in the Bible. Sunday school provides a platform for children to learn about the miraculous story that teaches them about sharing, faith and forgiveness. A variety of crafts can be utilized during and after the lesson to encourage discussion.
Visualize the Story
Before the lesson, gather images of a large crowd of people and make sure that they are spread out on several sheets of paper. Draw or print out images of five loaves of bread and two fish, then cut out the images. During the lesson, discuss the size of the loaves of bread and fish with children. Ask if they know how big they are, and if they don't, show them with your fingers. Have some of the children hold up the cutout images to see the amount of food that was shared with the multitude. Provide the older children with tape and have them hang up the images of the crowd. Make note of all the people and remind them of the amount of food that Jesus used to feed them to help them understand the miraculous nature of the event.
Basket of Loaves and Fish
Provide each child with a large paper bag, art supplies and images of five loaves of bread and two fish. Roll down the top of the bag like the cuff on a pant leg until the bag is 4 to 6 inches deep. Have the child decorate the bag and food images, then place the objects inside the bag. Discuss the story with the children as they work and emphasize the ratio between the amount of food and crowd size.
Cut out five images of bread and two images of fish and attach a small paper clip to the end. Tie a string to a long dowel and use a hot glue gun to add a magnet to the other end of the string. Arrange the images on the floor. After the lesson, have each child come up to the front, one at a time to take turns fishing for food. Allow each child to catch one fish. At the end, discuss the amount of food and the amount of people in the multitude.
Provide the children with two paper plates and cutouts of fish tails and fins. Have the children decorate their fish with various art supplies, such as glue and glitter. Assist each child with gluing the tails and fins to the fish.
- "Telling God's Story"; Peter Enns, et. al.; 2011
- Kid's Sunday School Place: Got Fish
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