The boy with the picnic in the story of the feeding of the 5000 is just one seemingly insignificant character in a sea of people, but his courage to offer what he could fed everyone. These games link to the story, the idea of sharing and the significance of one.


Falling Dominoes – grab a set of dominoes or jenga blocks or anything you can make a domino tumble line with and give the kids 3 minutes to set out as long a domino tumble as they can make. Split it into teams if you want to make a competition.

Divide and share – Sit the children in a circle or round a table and give each child a piece of paper. Ask them to fold it in half as many times as they can. 8 is the limit. Talk about how small we managed to make the piece of paper by keeping it together. Now get them to open their piece of paper up and tear it in half, placing one half in the middle of the circle. Repeat this until you have just a tiny piece of paper. How many times did they tear their paper when they give it away?


This is a JWL favourite craft, a spinner reveal for that shows the baskets of leftovers after the 5000 had eaten. It’s one of those crafts that look harder to do than it is, especially as there is more room for error than you may imagine, though it does require a good level of cutting skill.




feeding 5000 worksheet
The feeding of the 5000 and the boy with a picnic is a classic story about sharing, but sharing comes from a focus on others and not ourselves, something this worksheet explores. Puzzle, seek, draw and ponder with this sheet independently or as a small group. Suitable for those able to read themselves.

To complete the worksheet you will just need something to write with.

The PDF can can be downloaded by clicking on the image.
Ps. Doubt you’ll need it, but here is one possible solution if you do!

The feeding of the 5000 is an iconic story and the standard craft is to make a picnic box with the boys’s lunch… and that’s what this is, a very quick craft to execute that gives you a shallow ‘box’ with the five loaves and 2 fish.

If while telling the story of the 5000 you wish to ‘hide’ extra food Jesus will ‘create’ there is space in this craft to do so.
feeding 5000


Feeding 5000 
If you want the teachers page then please click on the image for the pdf.

Today’s hero is the boy with a picnic because he shows us the gift of Sharing
Essential Teachers notes:
The feeding of the 5000 is probably one of the most iconic miracles Jesus became known for, it’s not surprising that after the meal he fled for fear they would try to make him king by force. 5000 people shared witness to what happened, and it happened more than once with the story of the feeding of 4000. It’s a beautiful story about the power of being willing to try, and for one boy with his picnic lunch it would probably have been life changing.

Main Passage : John 6
Additional passages : Matthew 14 Mark 6, Luke 9.
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Here are the images you need for the hero’s attributes linked to the Boy with a Picnic (John 6). Linked to the story of the feeding of the 5000.
Each hero set contains a high quality graphic of the character, a take home bible card and a colouring page.

The images are displayed small here, click on the image you wish to have, then save the image that loads.
(Please note : these images have no watermark but are not copyright free, they are only intended for classroom use.)







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