Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Go Fish Guys: Kickin' It Old School VBS Snacks

These are the daily themes that go along with each day of the Kickin’ It Old School VBSYou can also download the Day 1 Bible Lesson for FREE by visiting our website,eChurchDepot.com. We've written some snack ideas for each of these lessons. Feel free to modify them as you wish. Some of your creative volunteers may come up with additional snack ideas to reinforce each day's theme. Here are a few to get you started:
Day 1 - This Is My Father's World - God Is Our Creator
Serve fresh fruit and vegetable sticks with ranch dip or yogurt. Talk about how God planned for good foods to grow for us to eat. Let the children name some of God's other wonderful creations as they eat.

Day 2 - Before The Throne Of God - God Is Our King
Serve rice cereal and marshmallow treat bars. Cut each rectangular bar in half with a zig-zag to create a crown shape. Then let the children decorate their crown snacks with colorful candies or small pieces of colorful dried fruit. Talk about God as our King as the children eat.

Day 3 - I Love To Tell The Story - Jesus Is Our Savior
Cut cheese slices into cross shapes or use pretzel sticks stuck through a mini-marshmallow to let each child make a cross. (Make the crosses beforehand for your preschoolers. Use three pretzels for each cross. Break one pretzel in half for each of the cross beams. Break the top off another pretzel and eat the top. The whole pretzel will be the bottom section and the broken pretzel will be the top. Stick each section into the marshmallow to make the cross.) Let the children explain that Jesus died on a cross and came alive again to save us from sin.

Day 4 - I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord - God Is Our Truth
Today's theme is God's power. So serve power bars or fruit bars along with power shakes (frozen fruit mixed with yogurt or ice cream in a blender). Talk about God's power and what it means to be a soldier in the army of God.

Day 5 - The Solid Rock - God Is Our Rock
For your final VBS day, let the children make edible cinnamon bread rocks. Prepare a mixture of one tablespoon cinnamon with one cup of granulated sugar. Stir until mixed well. In a separate bowl, melt one stick of butter or margarine. Give each child a small amount of bread dough on a piece of parchment paper. Have the child print his name on the paper. Let the child knead the dough, forming it into a rock shape. Have him dip the bread dough into the butter (or spray it with cooking spray) and then roll it in the cinnamon mixture and place it back on his parchment. Place all parchments on a cookie sheet. Bake 8 minutes at 400º, then reduce heat to 350º and bake an additional 2-3 minutes, until bread is done. Let the rocks cook before eating. Let the children describe how God is our solid Rock while the bread cools.

TIP: Use registration cards when children sign up for your VBS to record any allergies they may have. See the VBS Registration Ideas post for registration cards you can print out for your VBS program. Include any allergy information on the child's name tag so all VBS helpers are aware of the allergy. You can substitute items or omit dairy products from the snacks if you have children who are allergic to milk or dairy.

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