Resources for Jesus Feeds 5,000
The story in the New Testament about Jesus feeding the 5,000 is one of the many popular Bible stories in Sunday School. This story shows one of the many miracles that Jesus did during His earthly ministry.
There are so many lessons that we can impart to children when teaching the story of the feeding of the 5,000. One of these is God’s power to work miracles. Nothing is ever impossible with God. He used 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish from a little boy to feed 5,000 men plus women and children. This story helps children understand that God can use them when they give what they have to God.
The story about Jesus feeding the five thousand can be taught in so many interesting ways depending on what lessons you want to highlight and teach to your kids or students.
Below is a sample lesson plan that you can use in teaching the story about the feeding of the five thousand. You may use this in Sunday School, a good news or outreach class, VBS or even your own children during bed time or bible story time at home.
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Memory Cross – Jesus feeds 5,000 craft for kids
Memory Cross craft card is a creative way to help children learn the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. Each card is made up of 4 panels which make an endless loop. It is something that children will enjoy decorating and playing with which they can take home as a reminder of how God can work through their lives to change the lives of others. The video below shows how it works.
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Bible Story Activities: Jesus Feeds 5,000
Bible Passage: Matthew 14:13-21
Song Suggestion: Loaves and Fishes (Sermon4kids)
Song Lyrics and music: http://www.sermons4kids.com/Loaves_and_Fishes.pdf
Memory Verse: John 6:11
“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.”
Learning Objectives: After the lesson, the children will demonstrate knowledge of the people and events in the bible story and be able to retell the story and enjoy the lesson-related activities with their classmates and friends.
Story time: Telling the story to the kids in a fun but accurate way that the kids will not lose their interest from the beginning to the end of the story is the most challenging part in teaching the bible story but with God’s wisdom, we will be able to deliver the story to the kids properly. Thankfully, our friends in DLTK’s Growing Together know this and they want to help us deliver our story to the little ones in the most simple and interesting way. Visit their website for a story time suggestion in teaching the kids about the story of Jesus feeding the 5,000.
1. Skit: After the lesson, you can test the children’s knowledge to the story by having them perform the story via a skit. The ministry to children has a printer ready script you may easily print to use for this activity.
2. Coloring Pages. Download these printer friendly coloring pages from sermon4kids about “feeding the 5,000” and “Jesus can feed a crowd” for your younger ones. The coloring page is perfect for toddlers and beginners since it’s a very simple drawing the kids will surely love and enjoy coloring them.
3. Name tags are perfect for the little ones before the start of the bible story. Have them ready before the start of the lesson and make sure to give each child his/her name tag before everything starts.
4. Bible Games and puzzles. There are many indoor games and puzzles you can choose from as an activity for your kids as well. DLTK bible has anagrams, crossword puzzle, cryptogram, word search, maze, and word mining games for older (elementary) kids to use during their activity time.
5. Cooking Recipes. Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Home Made Bread
Use your favorite recipe to make home made bread with the children.
Fishes and Loaves…kind of
In advance, make tuna salad (or have the children help you to make it!). Let the children spread the tuna salad onto crackers for snack.
Crackers and Fish
Provide cream cheese (or other cheese spread), crackers and goldfish crackers.
The children spread the cheese and then count out 2 goldfish, and place the gold fish on top of their cheese spread.
6. Painting (of some sort).
Coffee Filter Fish
In advance, cut coffee filters into fish shapes. Provide washable markers and spray bottles with water at your easel. The children color the fish and when they spray them with water, the colors blend. BEAUTIFUL effect!
7. Pinterest Craft ideas. Pinterest has a lot of craft ideas in store for use to use for in teaching this story to the kids as well. You may want to use these crafts in one of your future bible lesson activities with the children.
Print the template.
Color and cut out each piece.
Glue the fish and loves behind the basket in a random order.
Glue the whole thing onto a piece of construction paper or cardstock.
Cut out the whole figure.
Your kids can write the memory verse on the back.
Have each child 5 small bread or crackers and 2 fish biscuits during snack time or while they are doing their coloring activity.
1.5 Paper plates per child
Brown construction paper
Orange construction paper
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.
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Finally here is one of my favorite videos of how God is using children.