Jesus Feeds 5000 (Preschool Lesson)

Date Used: March 14, 2010

Scripture: Mark 6:30-44

Theme: Jesus cared that people had food to eat. We thank Jesus for our food.

Age: 2, 3, 4

Author/Assembler: Teresa Klassen

When we prepare for our preschool class, we just write a list of “10 little things” the facilitator can use.  That way, if the children have a short attention span this morning, he/she can use what works and in any order.

Prepared by: Teresa Klassen


  • In any order – just pick which things seem to work on Sunday.
    You may do just a couple of things, or maybe you will do them all!

1.         Free Time

2.         A Little Video Clip

Idea one: this link is quite good for little ones:

Idea two: Use the Read & Share Bible DVD’s. Volume 1 has a story of the feeding of the 5,000.

3.         A Little Song

Idea One: If you use the video link mentioned above, at the end of the DVD there is a little song about thankfulness and it really fits teh theme — the idea of giving thanks for our food.

Idea Two: Pick an appropriate action song from a children’s song CD (we use one called “Bible Action Songs” which has songs and diagrams for actions (Produced by Bob Singleton)

4.         Story Time: “The Big Picnic” (Retelling the story using the Beginner’s Bible – page 374)

5.         Retell the story with actions:

First, have the children who want to participate sit in a circle and introduce themselves like this: “My name is ________ and Jesus loves me!”

Then tell the story along with the actions as indicated, have the children copy you:

  • So many people came to see Jesus, more than this many (hold up 1 finger)
  • So many people came to see Jesus, more than this many (hold up 2 fingers)
  • So many people came to see Jesus, more than this many (hold up 5 fingers)
  • So many people came to see Jesus, more than this many (hold up 10 fingers)
  • So many people came to see Jesus, more than this many (close and open your hands many times to show many, many fingers)
  • They were so hungry (rub your tummy)
  • But there wasn’t any food (shake your head)
  • Where would Jesus get enough food to feed so many people? (hold up your hands like you are asking a question)
  • A little boy had 2 little fish (put your hands together and make them swim like a fish)
  • The same little boy had 5 loaves of bread (hold up 5 fingers)
  • Was that enough food to feed so many people? No! (shake your head)
  • But Jesus can do miracles, he prayed over the little fish and the little bit of bread (put your hands together like you are praying)
  • And suddenly there were many many baskets of bread, so much food for everyone, yay! (clap)
  • When people ate their food, they said, “Thank you Jesus for our food!” (put your hands together like you are praying)
  • When we eat our food we say, “Thank you Jesus for our food!” can you say that with me? (have the children put their hands together like they are praying and say “Thank you Jesus for our food”)

6.         Jesus gave food to everyone! – Poster Activity

There will be a poster on the wall with Jesus over on one side with an envelope pasted beside him. In the envelope are little squares with pictures of bread and fish.  Have the children get a square, help them put glue on it. On the other half of the poster there are people with their hands open. Have the children take the food they got from Jesus and have them paste it onto the hands of the crowd of people so that each person gets fed by Jesus.

7.         Craft Picture

A half page with a picture of a basket and the words “Thank you Jesus for our food.” – have the kids glue 5 pieces of bread and 2 fish into their little basket.

8.         Bible memory:  We are memorizing Hebrews 3:15 this month:  “Jesus said, I will never leave you.”

Tell the children, “This is a Bible and it is full of stories about Jesus and letters from Him to us.” Open the Bible and make it look as if you are reading, “The Bible tells us that Jesus said to you and to me, ‘I will never leave you.’”

Have the kids line up behind you and take them to different parts of the room and then stop and ask at each stop, “Will Jesus come with us over here? Yes! Jesus said, ‘I will never leave you!’”

After maybe 4 stops, say the same thing only when you say, “Jesus said” then ask, “What did Jesus say?” And help them remember the line, “Jesus said, I will never leave you!”

9.         Snack

Take some towels and spread them on the floor and say, “When Jesus fed so many people, they ate outside and had a picnic! Today we are going to have a picnic too!” Use the little Dixi Cups and put some crackers in the cups and have a picnic with the kids.

Before you have your snack, have the children all fold their hands and say a prayer with you, “Thank you Jesus for this food”

10.       Blessing. Teachers, at the end of every lesson try to have the children sit quietly while you pray over them.  You do not have to use these words below…but they are from the Bible and you could certainly add them to whatever you pray. Let us not miss the opportunity to impart a spiritual blessing on each child.

“I pray this blessing over each one of you.

Each of you is precious in God’s sight.

God sees you every minute of every day and he loves you.

I pray that you will come to know and love Jesus with all your heart for all your days.

May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.



2 responses to “Jesus Feeds 5000 (Preschool Lesson)

  1. Thank you for this!

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