From the Back Cover
Devotions You Can Sink Your Teeth Into!
Kids love snacks, so feed them...and teach a Bible lesson at the same time! These 40 fun activities are perfect for Sunday school, after-school programs, parties, or anytime you need food and devotions for children!
You'll find all kinds of snack-based, Bible-filled activities:
-and even service projects!
Each food activity is easy to do. Just follow the detailed list of instructions, gather up a few supplies (including your Bible!), and cook up some fun with your elementary-age kids! Children will learn important Bible lessons while they do one of their favorite activities...eating! Here's just a few activities you'll do...
- Make "treasure" muffins and learn about God's Word in your heart.
- Eat edible puppets and study about John the Baptist.
- Stir up some frog-eyed salad and learn about the plaques in Egypt.
If your kids are hungry, you need this book!
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"Give your children a fish, and you'll feed them for a day. Teach them how to fish, and you'll feed them for a lifetime."
You've probably heard this bit of wisdom, most likely in relationship to feeding people in impoverished countries. But what does it have to do with Christian education? How does this saying relate to the spiritual needs of children? The answer is clear. Of primary importance in Christian education is helping children learn to make solid Chrisitan decisions for their lives. This means we don't merely give them answers for their immediate concerns, but we teach them to apply God's truths to their lives themselves.
The people of the Old Testament were successful in this regard, primarily because of their efforts at making religious education life-oriented rather than just information-oriented. The Hebrew people used everyday life experiences to teach their children about God. The Bible places great emphasis on teaching faith to our children in this way. If we want our children to follow God, we must make God part of their everyday experiences (Deuteronomy 6:6-9).
If you were to do an in-depth analysis of teaching methods employed throughout the Bible, you'd discover that biblical teachers emphasized learning rather than teaching. Jesus, for one, never hesitated to use life experience as a basis for teaching. He understood that people learn the most when they're able to relate their lesson to everyday life experiences.
Unfortunately, Christian teachers today have fallen short of capitalizing on teaching that engages all the learner's senses. In The Second Coming of the Church, George Barna, prolific Christian author and researcher, makes a convincing case that even though people today are desperately searching for spiritual truth, Christian churches are not providing the answers they need. Sadly, many Christian education programs are more interested in filling an hour's time with busy work than in providing children with a true learning environment.
We must guard against this. Whenever we have opportunities within the church to teach children, we have to do our best to give them experiences from which they can learn to make life-changing decisions. FoodFun(tm): Devotions for Children's Ministry was written with that goal in mind. Each activity was designed specifically to maximize learning experiences for elementary school children.
Kids keep telling us that one of their favorite activities at church is making snacks. So in the interest of capitalizing on their interest, we developed more than forty Bible-intensive, snack-based lessons. These lessons are designed to help kids either create a snack that reinforces a Bible truth or use food as an object lesson to emphasize a point.
The activities have been divided into five lesson categories: Food Crafts, Food Devotions, Food Games, Food Experiments, and Food Service Projects. The activities can be used during snack time in worship, in almost any classroom setting, at after-school outreach programs, sports programs, or parties. You'll be pleased at the fun the kids will have and, even more, amazed at how much they'll learn.
Each activity can be used with multi-age levels, from kindergarten through fifth grade. We've also been pleasantly surprised at how many teenagers and adults enjoy these activities. Each one can be used as an entire lesson in itself or as part of a longer lesson. The activities are flexible and can be adapted to meet the needs of your group.
A Final Note
We hope you're ready to jump right in and use these activities. However, they're merely tools. You are the real gift given to the children. Your work is invaluable. And if ever for a moment you forget why you're doing it, remember-"you're feeding them for a lifetime."