In Exodus 3:1-15, an angel of God appears to Moses through a burning bush. Miraculously, the flames engulf the bush, but it does not burn. Moses takes a closer look, and God calls to him through the bush. God asks Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into Canaan. This Old Testament event provides many wonderful teaching opportunities for children, and a creative snack can accompany the lesson.
Broccoli and Cheese
Fill small, clear plastic cups about half full with creamy pimiento cheese spread, then insert a large, fresh broccoli floret into the center of the cheese. The broccoli floret represents the bush, and the cheese represents the fire engulfing the bush. Optionally, print a picture of Jesus with your computer and carefully cut it out, then tape or glue the picture to a toothpick. Stick the toothpick into the broccoli floret so that the picture of Jesus extends above the cup.
Chow Mein Noodles
Make the “Easter Nests” recipe (joyofbaking.com) but, instead of chocolate, use red, orange, and yellow candy melts mixed with the chow-mein noodles to give the appearance of a fiery bush. Optionally, instead of jelly beans on top, use red, yellow, and orange M&Ms or Skittles.
Bake your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe (ideally, using brown cupcake liners). Frost the tops of the cupcakes with green icing (to resemble a leafy bush). Drizzle red, orange, and yellow frosting on top of the green “bush” to resemble “flames.” Optionally, color fondant red, orange, and yellow; roll out with a rolling pin; then cut small “flames” to adorn the cupcake tops.
Bake your favorite sugar cookie recipe, then drizzle red, orange, and yellow frosting on top to look like “flames.”
References and ResourcesChildren's Sermons: Burning Bush
ResourcesJoy of Baking: Easter Nests Recipe with Picture
Bible.org: The Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-15)