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Feeding of the 5000 - Feeding the multitude, Five loaves, two fish. Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:31-44; Luke 9:12-17; John 6:1-14.

Bible lessons and ideas about the Feeding of the 5000 -with Art, craft, painting, construction, drawing, etc.

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Our favorite Art project so far, has been the Yarn-String Art for the "Miracles of Jesus:Jesus feeding the 5000. 


Students create an image on a board using nails to 'outline' a fish image, then weave yarn or colorful string from nail to nail to create the fish.


1.  Preparing the Board

We had the kids lightly stain the piece of wood first (about an 8x10 size from Walmart craft dept.) so it would be dry enough to move on to the next step.


2. Trace the image (in this case, a fish) onto tissue paper and tape to board.

We had them trace a fish onto tissue paper. (The teacher could do this ahead of time)  They then taped the tissue paper to the board.


3. Hammering the nails.

They then hammered small nails (w/ a large enough nailhead to keep the string on) to the outline of the traced fish, About a finger width apart. Then tore off the tissue paper.


4. Weaving the string/yarn.

We used a variegated color yarn. (2 choices-green/brown or blue/green) they tied the yarn to one nail and wove the yarn around the outside pattern of the fish, then zig-zagged to their hearts content around the nails. up, down, sideways...whatever. Then when they had covered the board adequately with yarn, they tied off on one of the nails.



They Loved driving the nails and creating their unique art piece. Even though they were all similar, by giving them options in yarn color they still had unique string art. You could also allow them to use both yarn for the outline weaving and fish fins and another color for the body of the fish.


The kids looked at what they created and were clearly surprised at how cool it looked and that they did it all by themselves. They want to do string art again soon. I'm thinking Joseph's coat of many colors would be really cool using several colors of string or yarn. It was pretty loud with all the hammering, but they were only driving the nails about 1/3 of the way down, it really didn't take long and the kids loved it. No injuries either! we used small hammers, small nails and small taps. Easy even for the 1st graders. 


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Layered Marker Bread/Fish Drawing

We are doing this story this month. I was looking for something new and fresh as an art activity. I pondered the string art above -- really like it, but finally settled on this layered sharpie art drawing. I was inspired by the many images I saw  of the iconic loaves and fishes as I searched the web and this site: I get many ideas from her site by the way!
[Moderator: it appears the image Jaymie saw, called "Layered Marker Leaf Drawing" at Art Projects for Kids, is no longer on the site, but found the photo in an Art Pinterest here]

Anyway, we will see how it goes, but basically here's what we will do  (I plan to demonstrate these steps on a flip chart as they work):

4X6 photo paper
Sharpie markers (different colors and metallic)
Extra-fine tipped black sharpie markers (for contour lines)
Black card stock (for mounting finished design)
Glue sticks

Optional: Label with memory verse can be put on card stock frame.


(sorry for the crooked photo!)


Draw simple symbols from the story (5 oval shapes for loaves and 2 simple fish). We'll talk about good art design utilizing overlapping shapes and having some even go off the page. We're going to use photo paper (4 X 6) and sharpies (highlighters also work) to color in the shapes and add highlights. Next we'll outline the shapes and continue the lines between shapes with a fine-tipped sharpie,  With older kids we might even talk about how that resembles contour lines that can be seen on maps -- and represent the hillside where the people were gathered. Then we'll use colored markers and make dots inside the contour lines. This will represent the crowds. 5000 is a hard number for kids to visualize... hopefully they'll begin to get the idea as they fill the page with all those dots. 

Finished design will be mounted on black card stock.

It's different... We'll see how it goes....


See Jaymie's follow up notes below


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candybuttonsWhen I first glanced at Jaymie's picture above, I thought it was a MOSAIC.

Then the "dots" made me think of those strip candies buttons we used to eat as kids.  They can be "glued" using baker's glue (purchased or made). See my "fish and loaves" mosaic note and pic below.

So of course, this got me thinking about how to make a candy mosaic, and I had a flash memory of an experiment I did last year for another lesson:  creating a Starburst candy mosaic. When you microwave them for a few seconds, they become one big starburst mosaic.  When it's soft, you can press Skittles into it.

{{I also tried to make a stained glass piece out of  "Jolly Ranchers" but the ranchers were too thick. So I've been thinking about how I could pour liquid candy that hardens (without burning kids) into a story form the kids designed in cornstarch with drawing sticks. When the candy hardens, you lift it out of the cornstarch.}}

A bread mosaic with edible glue.

I've since thought that the mosaic could ALSO be made out of different types and colors of bread. They could be "glued" using edible glue made out of water and MERINGUE powder (a baker's trick).

BTW...there's a very famous and ancient 5th Century mosaic celebrating the Feeding of the 5000. It is found at the "Church of the Multiplication" which is located at the Sea of Galilee. It's one of the earliest known Christian mosaics in the Holy Land.




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Update: above Layered Marker Bread/Fish Drawing

Our first session with 3-5 graders went really well. They enjoyed this technique -- they loved the vibrancy of the sharpies on the photo paper. Using the small size was also key to being able to finish in our timeframe. We talked about this being a "symbolic" illustration. They really liked making the contour lines and got right away that it represented the hillside where Jesus taught. They didn't have time to finish all the dots for the crowd. But most of them said they could finish at home. 

For the younger kids this Sunday we will make the contour lines with much wider spaces. I think they'll be able to do the rest.


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