Helping preschoolers understand the Bible can be a difficult job. I always try to provide some sort of activity to go along with the lesson. If you like to do the same, hopefully you’ll enjoy this play dough activity.
Start out by providing kids with different colors of play dough. I’ve attached a recipe in case you’d like to make your own. Ask kids to form dough into loaves of bread or fish. If available, provide cookie cutters in the shape of fish for the children to use.
Invite the children to place their loaves of bread and fish in the center until you have a group of five loaves and two fish. As they work, tell the Bible story of Jesus feeding the 5,000. Say: “Great job! How amazing that Jesus was able to feed over 5,000 people with the same amount of food that is on your table! Jesus is powerful. We never have to worry because He can take care of us! Who will always take care of us? God will give us what we need.”
(This play dough activity could be used with many Bible stories simply shaping and forming items that are told about in that story.)
3 cups flour
1 cut salt
1 tablespoon alum
2 tablespoons oil
3 cups boiling water
1. Mix together all ingredients except water and coloring.
2. Put food coloring in measuring cup and add water to it.
3. Pour water in with other ingredients.
4. Mix and knead well.
5. Store in covered container until ready to use.
If you like this preschool Bible-learning activity, check out others from The Gospel Project.
Jerry Vogel serves as a Childhood Ministry Specialist in Lifeway Church Resources. He is married to Janie and has four children and thirteen grand kids. Jerry is a member of Brentwood Baptist Church and teaches preschoolers there. He is committed to enriching the lives of those who teach kids as well as making eternal investments in the lives of children.