How to use your snack time to increase your lesson's impact
Have you ever watched that Netflix show, Chef’s Table? If you haven’t, it is truly an interesting tv show that displays all of these amazing chefs, their unique food, their philosophies, and their achievements. You get to follow a new chef in each episode, travel to their stomping grounds in places close to home or far away. But what I love about each one of them is that they are intentional about their food. They’re intentional about being true to themselves (not a copy of someone else) and their art as they set each plate in front of a customer. They’re intentional about the quality of their food and ingredients. Some of the chefs, that I find especially interesting, have these crazy ideas about serving food that reminds their customers of childhood memories.
So these incredible, award-winning chefs understand that food can trigger a memory, create new ones, or inspire diners to look at food as more than just sustenance.
Goldfish. Licorice. Candy Canes.
Suddenly, looking at those three delicious snacks takes on a whole different meaning. Suddenly, they’re not in existence to satisfy a craving for sweet or salty foods, but to help bring the Bible to life for these kiddos. What if snack time could be more intentional? What if we could come up with a delicious representation of something we just talked about in the lesson? What if that delicious something reminded our students of some important, life-changing, comfort-giving, TRUTH?!
Like those chefs, we have but a tiny moment to speak God’s truth and accompany it with a snack. And maybe, once they leave our classrooms or living rooms, they venture out into the world and are continually reminded of that snack and what it represented in our lessons. How fun would that be?!
So how do we increase our lesson’s impact through snacks? By being intentional with our snack time.
Here are two ways we can increase our lesson’s impact through snacks:
First, we’re intentional with the snacks themselves. We spend a little extra time considering our snack options and our lessons. We ask God to help us pair the best snacks with our lessons. We consider things like the smell, the look, the taste when considering our snacks.
I would recommend Google searching (or Pinterest searching) “Creative Meals for Kids.” Look at how the meals are transformed. Let this inspire your own creativity and your own snack-making!
Second, we’re intentional with the the time the kids are eating their snacks. Talk about the lesson. Have a conversation about the things that stand out to you (that relate to the objective). Ask them what they’ve learned through the lesson. When we go to a restaurant, there’s a lot of conversation.
From reading the menus, ordering our meals, to the conversation at the tables while eating. Why should snack time with these kids be any different? Have a conversation. Keep the lesson in the forefront of their minds by talking about the lesson. Maybe even allow this time to be a little more informal when compared with the rest of your lesson.
I hope that this post has served to expand your own creativity when you look at your own food. And if permission is needed, let this be enough: Go play with your food! Prepare your heart to learn more about God in a very tasty and tangible way!