Snack Ideas

These totally optional themed snack ideas are fun, but no worries if they don't work for you!

Parents, you can use the blessings and discussion "scripts" during snacktime or lunchtime, regardless of what you're eating!

Monday's Blessing & Bible Discussion

Parents/Caregivers, say:

Before we eat our snacks, we will always pause to say a blessing and thank God for our food and all the good things God gives us. Let’s pray together. (Say the prayer below, or feel free to pray your own!)

Dear God, thank you for this food. Thank you for our time together with others at VBS. Guide us as we listen and learn. We are grateful for your strength that helps us to speak the truth and stand up for it! Amen.

Bible Discussion Ideas:

In our Bible story, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were in a dangerous situation. They were in a fiery furnace, and it seemed like there was no way to escape! These friends stood true to the Word of God and knew God would take care of them.

• Think of times when God’s strength helps you speak the truth and stand up for it and for others.

• How did it make you feel when you knew you had made the choice to speak the truth to help others?


Day 1 Armor of God Snack Idea: Belts of Truth

Ingredients:

  • red, yellow, and/or orange peppers

  • celery carrots

  • ranch dressing

Directions:

  1. Wash and cut vegetables into julienne strips.

  2. Put dressing into bottom of cups.

  3. Stand vegetable strips in cup.

Day 1 Bible Story Snack Idea: Frosted Furnace

Ingredients:

  • strawberry-flavored toaster pastries

  • crystal sugar or sanding sugar: red, yellow, and orange

  • white frosting

  • Teddy Grahams® snacks

Directions:

  1. Give each Knight a paper plate.

  2. Have Knight place the toaster pastry on the plate.

  3. Allow Knight to spread toaster pastry with thin layer of frosting.

  4. Give each Knight a small amount of crystal sugars or sanding sugars in a bathroom-sized paper cup and a plastic spoon. (Use colors such as red, yellow, and orange to represent the fire from the Bible lesson.)

  5. Have each Knight sprinkle or spoon the sugars over the frosting.

  6. Place a dab of frosting on back of teddy bears and place them “in the fire.”

Tuesday's Blessing & Bible Discussion

Parents/Caregivers, say:

Let us pause to say a blessing and thank God for our food and all the good things God gives us. Let’s pray together. (Say the prayer below, or feel free to pray your own!)

Dear God, thank you for this food and our time here at VBS. We are grateful to hear about David’s courage. Grant us your strength to help us face our giants and fight for justice for all. Amen.

Bible Discussion Ideas:

In our Bible story, David volunteered to be the champion for Israel. David was able to represent Israel because he was filled with a sense for justice for all. Justice is one of the ways God works to make things right in the world.

  • Think of times when God’s strength helped you face your giants and fight for justice for all.

  • Since justice is one of the ways God works to make things right in the world, how did it make you feel when you knew you had made the choice to stand up for justice in the world?

Day 2 Armor of God Snack Idea: Pretzel Power Sticks

Ingredients:

  • pretzel rods

  • vanilla candy melts

  • large marshmallows

Directions:

  1. Melt candy melts in microwave (according to directions on package) using a tall, thin glass.

  2. Dip pretzel rod into melted candy leaving about 1⁄3 of pretzel undipped.

  3. Dip one at a time, letting excess candy drip off.

  4. Place on parchment paper to let fully harden. Placing in the refrigerator will speed up this step.

  5. Cut marshmallows into 3 layers. Use one layer per pretzel.

  6. Cut hole in middle of marshmallow layer and slide onto pretzel up to the hardened candy.

  7. Cover large area with paper to prepare for spraying.

  8. Wrap the 1⁄3 of the pretzel that is not candy-coated with parchment paper.

  9. Optional: Spray the candy-coated part with Wilton® Silver Color Mist Shimmering Food Color Spray

Day 2 Theme Snack Idea: Castle Cracker

Ingredients:

  • graham crackers

  • stick pretzels

  • marshmallows

  • marshmallow fluff or white frosting

  • clear or blue crystal sugar or sanding sugar

Directions:

  1. Give each child a paper plate and a jumbo craft stick or other child-safe spreader.

  2. Using 2 sheets of graham crackers, make a sandwich with the marshmallow fluff or frosting. Take 1⁄4 of another graham cracker and break into 3 equal pieces. These will be the turrets for the castle.

  3. Cut off one side of a marshmallow (about 1⁄3).

  4. Form a flag with the cut off piece and attach to the middle turret with a stick pretzel. The remaining part of the marshmallow will be the castle’s front door.

  5. Spread a thin layer of marshmallow fluff or frosting on top of graham cracker.

  6. Sprinkle with blue crystal sugar or blue sanding sugar

Wednesday's Blessing & Bible Discussion

Parents/Caregivers, say something like:

Let us pause to say a blessing and thank God for our food and all the good things God gives us. Let’s pray together. (Say the prayer below, or feel free to pray your own!)

Dear God, thank you for this food and our adventures here at VBS. We are in awe of Mary and how God’s strength was with her during her journey. We ask that you be with each of us in our daily journeys. Give us peace to be ready to go wherever you send us. Amen.

Bible Discussion Ideas:

In our Bible story, Mary and Joseph had to travel on a donkey from their home in Nazareth to the town of Bethlehem. At the time, Mary was about to give birth to baby Jesus. There are many times when we have difficult tasks to do. When we do, we can ask God to help us. We can feel peace in our hearts as we trust God to help us.

  • Think of times when you had a difficult task to do.

  • Share ways God’s strength helped you conquer these tough tasks.

  • How did you praise God for God’s strength during these times?

Day 3 Armor of God Snack Idea: Fruit Plumes

Ingredients:

  • assorted fresh fruit; for example, blueberries, strawberries, melons, pineapple, etc.

Directions:

  1. Cut fruit into 1-inch pieces.

  2. Stack into different arrangements. Hold together with sword food picks or toothpicks.

Day 3 Bible Story Snack Idea: Christmas Cookies

You can always use store-bought dough or your own favorite cookie recipe in place of this one!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 egg

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 3 cups all-purpose our

  • variety of frostings, sprinkles, and crystal sugar or sanding sugar

  • (optional) 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (If any child in your family is allergic to any nuts, simply omit this extract. Leaving out the almond extract will not affect the quality of the cookies.)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Cream butter and sugar until smooth.

  3. Mix in egg.

  4. Beat in vanilla extract.

  5. In a separate bowl, combine baking powder with our.

  6. Add our mixture, a little at a time, to the wet mixture.

  7. Dough will be stiff. If it becomes too stiff for your mixer, turn it out on a covered countertop. Wet your hands, then knead by hand until mixed.

  8. Roll out dough 1/4 inch thick.

  9. Cut cookies into desired shapes.

  10. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes, until lightly golden around the edges.

  11. Decorate with frosting and sugars.

Day 3 Theme Snack Idea: Dragon Mix

Supplies:

  • orange cardstock

  • white cardstock (or adhesive googly eyes!)

  • orange cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cereal (any kind)

  • 2 cups candy-coated candy, such as M&M’s® or Sixlets®

  • 2 cups dried fruit, such as cranberries or raisins

  • 2 cups cheese crackers, such as Goldfish®, Whales®, or Cheez-It®

  • Other options: chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, pretzels, or items of your choosing

Directions:

  • Using template, cut out wings and eyes on cardstock. Adhere wings and eyes to each cup according to the picture below.

  • Mix all ingredients in large bowl.

  • Put finished mix into cups.

Thursday's Blessing & Bible Discussion

Parents/Caregivers, say something like:

Let us pause to say a blessing and thank God for our food and all the good things God gives us. Let’s pray together. (Say the prayer below, or feel free to pray your own!)

Dear God, thank you for this food, new discoveries, and fun adventures here at VBS. In our Bible lesson we discovered that your strength gives us faith and also helps us do amazing things. We praise you, God, for all these amazing things. Amen.

Bible Discussion Ideas:

In our Bible story, we discover how Jesus calmed the fears of the disciples by walking toward them on water. One of the disciples named Peter tried to walk on water. Peter ran into trouble as he tried walking on water because he took his eyes off of Jesus. When we have a lot coming at us, it can be hard to have faith and stay on our feet. Jesus is our shield and protector, and provides the faith we need to stay upright.

  • Think of when you were having a tough time.

  • How did God’s strength help you to have faith during tough times?

  • Name ways Jesus is our shield and protector and provides the faith we need to stay upright. (Leaders, have a paper shield and a marker. Write out their answers on your paper shield so your Knights can see all the ways God helps them.)

Day 4 Armor of God Snack Idea: Shields of Faith

Ingredients/supplies:

  • bread

  • cheese

  • turkey or ham

Directions:

  1. Cut meat, bread, and cheese with shield cookie cutter (or just shape yourself by cutting like a rounded triangle!).

  2. Assemble into sandwiches.

  3. Hold together with toothpick or sword food pick.

Day 4 Bible Story Snack Idea: Icing on the Lake

Ingredients:

  • 1 full graham cracker

  • 1⁄2 graham cracker

  • 5 Teddy Grahams® snacks

  • Goldfish® crackers

  • vanilla frosting

  • blue food coloring

Directions:

  1. Use food coloring to make vanilla frosting blue, the color of water.

  2. Spread frosting in the middle of 1 graham cracker. Apply close to the edge, but do not cover cracker completely.

  3. (Adults only): Use knife to cut corners of 1/2 a graham cracker to make boat shape. Stand boat diagonally in corner.

  4. Use frosting to adhere Teddy Grahams® to boat.

  5. Put Goldfish® crackers around boat.

  6. Place 2 Teddy Grahams® (Peter and Jesus) in water facing each other.

Day 4 Theme Snack Idea: Dragon Feet

Ingredients:

  • Vienna Finger®, Milano, Oreo, or (if no nut allergies in your family) Nutter Butter cookies

  • vanilla frosting

  • orange food coloring

  • Twizzlers®, Gummy Lifesavers® or whole cashew nuts (Do not use cashew nuts if anyone in your family is allergic to any type of nuts!)

Directions:

  1. Use food coloring to make the frosting orange. (You will only need a little bit!)

  2. If using Vienna Fingers or Milano cookies, trim in the middle to make them the shape of a foot. They should look like the number 8. If using Nutter Butter cookies, your shape is already foot-like...if using Oreos, place 2 next to each other!

  3. If using Lifesaver Gummies® or Twizzlers®, cut into short pieces.

  4. Frost cookies.

  5. Arrange the Lifesaver Gummies®, Twizzlers®, or cashews to look like dragon claws.

Friday's Blessing & Bible Discussion

Parents/Caregivers, say something like:

Let us pause to say a blessing and thank God for our food and all the good things God gives us. Let’s pray together. (Say the prayer below, or feel free to pray your own!)

Dear God, thank you for this food, exciting opportunities, time with friends and leaders, and for the joy of being here at VBS. In our Bible lesson, we heard about Paul and Silas and their amazing experience. Grant us your strength to follow in the footsteps of Paul and Silas. Guide us to share the good news with others. Amen.

Bible Discussion Ideas:

In our Bible story, we discover a time when Paul and Silas were in prison during an earthquake! Just imagine Paul and Silas. They were in prison when an earthquake came, which freed all the prisoners. Yet they didn’t run away! Paul and Silas stayed because they didn’t want the jailer to get in trouble. Because of this situation, they had an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with the jailer.

• How do you think Paul and Silas felt during the earthquake?

• What do you think you might have done?

• Name ways you can share the good news of Jesus with others.

Day 5 Armor of God Snack Idea: Armor of God on a Plate

Ingredients:

  • stick pretzels, beef sticks, or string cheese

  • Pringles® potato chip

  • cheese crackers with cheese filling

  • carrot stick, celery stick, Fruit Roll-Ups®, or Twizzlers® round crackers or twisted pretzels

  • orange slices or cheese curls canned cheese or raisins

Directions:

Build an Armor of God using your choice of ingredients (or find fun ones of your own):

  • Sword of the Spirit: stick pretzels, beef sticks, or string cheese

  • Shield of Faith: Pringles® potato chip

  • Breastplate of Righteousness: square crackers or cheese crackers Belt of Truth: carrot stick, celery stick, Fruit Roll-Ups®, or Twizzlers® Shoes of Peace: individual orange slices or cheese curls

  • Head: round crackers or twisted pretzel

  • Face: canned cheese or raisins

Day 5 Theme Snack Idea: Sparky Delight

Supplies:

  • orange cardstock

  • white cardstock (or adhesive googly eyes!)

  • clear plastic cups (unless you buy jello cups)

Ingredients:

  • 1 box orange gelatin (OR already-made orange jello cups)

  • whipped cream (optional)

  • orange crystal sugar (optional)

Directions:

  1. Using templates, print wing pattern onto orange cardstock, and eye pattern onto white cardstock. Cut out pieces for each Knight.

  2. Assemble cup according to picture.

  3. Make gelatin according to package directions.

  4. Pour into prepared cups.

  5. Place in refrigerator.

  6. Let Knights add whipped cream and crystal sugar.