Sunday School Fun Zone - Year 2 Toddler Lessons

Week 1 - Jesus Makes A Happy Mea!l (Jesus Feeds 5,000 / Boy with the Fish)

Concepts Children Learn Jesus Feeds 5,000:

Jesus can do things we can't do. Jesus asks us to share.

Prep: Mark you bible with the memory verse: Hebrews 13:16. Purchase a Happy Meal from McDonald's and bring in to class (optional). Make up the sample Lift-the-Flap craft to use as story page 2, and the Fish Chain Craft to use as story page 6. See Craft Page for directions. Print the b&w or color story pages. 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 2color, accessoriesbw, accessories color, 3bw, 3color, 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 5color (this picture is full size) 6 bw.

The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You don't need to read the words on the actual story pages. They are for use as posters or coloring pages). Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

Bible Memory Verse: Hebrews 13:16. Other Scriptures used as reference: Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; Luke 9:10-17; John 6:1-14.

(Hold the happy meal) Intro: Did you ever go to McDonald's and get a Happy Meal? Its a lot of fun! You go get yummy food and then you get a surprise toy! (Pull out the toy). It makes the meal really special and fun! Well, today our story is about a different kind of happy meal There is a big surprise for everyone in this story! Listen close to see what the surprise is.

(1) Look at all these people! On this special day, many, many people were listening to Jesus teach. Jesus was teaching about God's love! How they loved to listen to Jesus teach! They stayed with him for a long time. But then it started getting late. It was almost dinner time. Uh-oh. What's that noise? (Make rumbling noise). I hear someone's tummy growling. (Make rumbling noise, and point to one of the children in the picture). Then another tummy growled, (Point to another child in picture) and then another tummy growled! (Point to another child in picture). The people were getting hungry! (Rub your tummy). But, they were far away from home, and far away from any place to eat! Where could they get something to eat?

One of Jesus' friends had an idea. He said to Jesus, "Send the people away so they can go buy something to eat." But Jesus felt sad for the hungry people. He knew they were weak and tired. So, Jesus said, "We don't need to send them away. You feed the people." But the Jesus' friends didn't understand how they could feed so many people. There were over 5,000 people there with Jesus that day! (2) Jesus asked his friends to go out to the crowds of people, and see how much food they could find. Let's help them look for food. Is there any food over here? (Lift the flap over the dog). No. (Shake head no). Is there any food up here? (Lift the top flap). No. (Shake head no). No food there either. How about over here? (Lift the basket flap). There's some food! It belongs to this little boy. (Point to the boy). (3) He wanted to share his food with Jesus and all the people! Isn't that a kind thing to do? Jesus loves it when we share! Let's see how much food was in his basket. Let's count the loaves of bread together. (Point to the loaves as you count with the children). 1...2...3...4...5! And, look, there are two little fish also! (Point to the fish as you count). 1....2. Then Andrew, one of Jesus' friends asked, "How is this little bit of food going to feed so many people?" But Andrew was forgetting something. He forgot that Jesus can do things that we can't do! Let's see what Jesus did with the little bit of food:

(4) Jesus had the people sit on the grass. Then Jesus took the basket of loaves and fish and prayed to God. He thanked God for the food. Next, Jesus began breaking the loaves of bread and fishes into pieces. Then Jesus gave the pieces of food to his friends. And his friends took the food to all the people. All the people ate and ate! What a great surprise! They all had enough to eat! Jesus made lots and lots of food from the little bit that he had at the start! Let's pretend we are eating too. (Pretend you are eating). Munch, munch, munch. I bet that food tasted really good when they were so hungry! U-m-m-m, um-m-m! Let's all rub our tummies. (Rub your tummy). By the time everybody was done eating, they all had full tummies! Let's all pat our tummies. (Pat your tummy).

Then, Jesus asked his friends to go pick up the leftover food. (5) Look how much was left over! Let's count the baskets together! (Point to the baskets as you count out loud with the children). 1... 2... 3... 4... 5... 6... 7... 8... 9... 10... 11... 12! Wow! That's way more food than they started with! How could so little food feed so many people? And there was so much food left over? Well, Jesus did a miracle that day! Jesus took the little bit of food that the boy shared, (6) (Show them the top of the fish chain, then open it.) and made enough food for 5,000 people! All the people were so surprised! They all got to share in a very happy meal that day! And that happy meal was way better than any McDonald's Happy Meal! I'm so glad that Jesus can do things we can't do! Who is hungry now? Let's all share our food with each other, like the boy in the story did. Then we can talk about the story.

CIRCLE TIME: (What does this mean for me?)

(2 again) The little boy was probably just as hungry as everybody else. But, he trusted Jesus. He gave Jesus the little bit he had. He was kind and shared his food with everybody else! (3 again) Who can tell me what Jesus did with the little bit of food that the boy shared? (Point to food). Yes, Jesus used his small amount of food and made it into a big happy meal for 5,000 people! What a great surprise for everyone! Jesus can do things that we can't do! He can do miracles! He made even more than enough food! Who can tell me how many baskets were left over? (Give children a chance to answer). 12! That's right! (5 again). Let's read what our Bibles say about sharing: (Read Hebrews 13:16). Jesus loves when we share! He asks us to be kind and share what we have with others. Then the people we share with often give thanks to God! Now we can pray and thank God too. Then we have some fun crafts and activities to do!

PRAYER: Allow children to take turns praying after you or a helper prays.
Transition: Go To Activities Page for activities. Go to Crafts Page for crafts.

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