By combining important components such as thought provoking discussion questions with multisensory activities like edible creations, you create a winning combination for educators and kids.
Best of all, these easy peasy craft ideas can be used in a classroom or home school environment or for fun, interactive family devotions.
Food Allergies and Hand Hygiene
It's always a good idea to check children's records for any
allergies or food sensitivities before using food crafts as an activity.
Additionally, having kids wash their hands before starting and after finishing these activities is a good way to reinforce the need for good hand hygiene to prevent sickness or the transmission of diseases.
Chocolate Tower of Babel
The Chocolate Tower of Babel is designed for elementary students. It is a group project so children need to have some manual dexterity to manipulate the food items as well as good impulse control so they can take turns working on it .
Depending on class size or how many children are involved,
you might want to make several small towers. You can make this at home with
your own children as well, but you might have to help younger kids with the
delicate parts of the construction.
It's up to you whether to let the kids eat the tower they built, or use it as display to show the adults what they did and let them snack on the various "building components" like the chocolate wafers or graham crackers. Either way, this is guaranteed fun!
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What You Need
- 12 chocolate wafer rectangles
- 9 or 10 whole graham crackers
- Tip: Graham crackers break easily so you might want to have a few in reserve
- Chocolate frosting (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup to use as "mortar")
- Plastic knives
- Cookie sheet or baking pan to use as work surface
What You Do
Apply a little of the chocolate frosting to the ends of four
of the chocolate wafers.
Place the square on the cookie sheet to form the base of the tower. Repeat this process to form another square, and then affix it to the base with a thin layer of frosting.
Apply some frosting to three edges of a whole graham cracker square (see photo) and lay the graham cracker atop half of the tower base.
Repeat with another whole graham cracker square. Move the graham crackers (gently) as need to get a snug fit and cover the base. (This layer helps stabilize the tower.)
Use the frosting to stick the edges of two graham crackers together, and then affix them to the top of the graham cracker base.
Repeat with two more graham crackers. You should now have a graham cracker rectangle "glued" to the top of the graham cracker base.
Cut one of the remaining pieces of graham cracker into a square big enough to fit over the top of the rectangle and use the frosting to hold it in place.
Note: This is the most delicate part of building the tower as the graham crackers will break if handled roughly.
- Using a knife or kitchen shears, cut one whole graham cracker into four pieces.
- Use the frosting to stick two of the pieces on either side of the tower to form a ramp.
- Reserve any unused pieces for later use.
- Form a rectangle with the last four chocolate wafers, using the same technique used in steps 5 through 9 to make the graham cracker rectangle.
- "Glue" this rectangle to the top of the graham cracker rectangle, and the Tower of Babel is finished.
Suggested Discussion Questions
- Why do you think the people of Babel wanted to build a tower? (To bring glory to their city.)
- What was wrong with trying to build a tower to heaven? (Their goal was to glorify themselves and their accomplishment rather than to glorify God.)
- Who did the people of Babel worship as their God? (Many of them worshiped nature rather than God.)
- Why did God put an end to their plans? (Their motives were wrong.)
- How did God stop them from building the Tower of Babel? (Instead of one language, he gave them many languages. Since they couldn't understand each other, they couldn't communicate and finish the project.)
Noah's Ark and the Rainbow Covenant
This is a good age-appropriate edible craft for preschoolers because they have the fine motor skills and hand to eye coordination to pick up the cereal pieces and other food items.
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What You Need
Each child needs:
- One 10-inch flour tortilla
- One whole graham cracker, cut or broken into half. Leave one half as is and cut the other into two pieces.
- One or two animal crackers
- One or two tablespoons of colorful cereal shaped like rings or spheres
- One or two tablespoons of white frosting
- 6 miniature marshmallows (white)
- One plastic knife
- One paper plate or paper towel to use as a work surface
What You Do
- Lay the tortilla on the paper plate or paper towel.
- Spread frosting on the back of the graham cracker half, and then press it down on the lower half of the tortilla. This forms the ark.
- Break or cut one of the remaining graham cracker pieces so it fits onto the ark and tortilla to form a ramp for the animals.
- Spread frosting on the back and press it down on the ark.
- Spread a thin layer of frosting in an arc across the top half of the tortilla and then press the cereal pieces into the frosting to form a rainbow shape.
- Dip the ends of the marshmallows into frosting and put three of them on one end of the rainbow and three on the other end (clouds).
- Spread frosting on the back of the animal cookies and place them on the ark's ramp.
Tip: The children can dip the cereal into the frosting and then press them onto the tortilla to make the rainbow shape if you prefer, but it is messy. Be prepared to clean frosting off the little tykes when the edible craft is done. Eat and enjoy!
Suggested Discussion Questions
- How would you like to spend 40 days and night on a boat with
so many animals? (Answers will vary.)
- What kind of noises do you think Noah and his family heard? (Wind, rain, animal cries and so forth.)
- Why did God put the rainbow in the sky? (As a symbol of his covenant or promise to Noah.)
- What promise did God give Noah? (Not to ever destroy all life with a flood.)
- What other rainbows does the Bible talk about? (Revelation
4:3 says a rainbow shining like an emerald encircles Jesus' throne in heaven.)
Less Than 10 Minute Edible Crafts
Here's two ideas for fast crafts for those times when you need to pull an activity together in a hurry:
- Give kids a dab of white frosting, a dab of chocolate frosting, a sugar cookie and plastic knife. Encourage them to spread half the cookie with the white frosting and the other half with the chocolate. As they eat their snack, talk about how God created darkness (represented by the chocolate frosting) and light (symbolized by the white frosting.) Ask them what the sun's job is, and what job the moon is supposed to do.
- Give kids some pretzel sticks and frosting. Let them build a pyramid as an activity to go with stories about Moses and the Israelites in Egypt. Talk about what kind of materials the Israelites used to make bricks or how hard it was for them build the pyramids.
Christian edible crafts are an important teaching resource and should be a part of every educator and parent's teaching toolkit. In addition to providing kids with a tasty treat, they provide a richer learning environment and kids retain the lessons for longer. For younger children, they help develop critical fine motor skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
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