Free Edible Crafts for Small Kids for Vacation Bible School: Noah's Ark & Animals Are Kids Favorite Food Craft Ideas
Are you looking for free edible crafts for small kids for vacation Bible school? Here are two fun food crafts based on popular Bible stories, like Noah and the ark, and themes like animals.
These inventive learning activities allow little learners to experience colors, sizes, shapes, and textures as well as reinforce biblical concepts and lessons. For kids, the fun of doing is just as exciting as the result.
Vacation Bible School Crafts Supply List
Here’s what you need to recreate the Noah and the ark group arts and crafts project with small kids attending VBS at your church or children’s ministry. If your budget is limited, like that of most children’s ministries, consider asking parents to donate some of the more expensive items.
For each of the items listed, the exact quantity needed depends on class size. The supplies listed below will yield one cake decorated with a Noah and the ark theme.
- One muffin tin (12 cupcake capacity)
- One 13x9 inch metal cake pan
- One package Reynolds baking cups (cupcake liners)
- One can Baker’s Joy Original No-Stick Baking Spray with flour or enough coconut oil and flour to grease the cake pans
- One-tablespoon wheat germ
- Five eggs
- Three tablespoons instant nonfat dry milk powder
- One and one-half cups apple juice
- One can Betty Crocker Whipped Fluffy White Frosting
- One can Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Chocolate Frosting
- Cinnamon sugar (mix one-teaspoon sugar with one-fourth cup sugar
- One-cup coconut (tint half-blue and half-green)
- One 14-ounce bag Skittles Blenders Bite Size Candies
- Blue and green food coloring
- One 2 ¼-ounce package Barnum’s Animal Crackers
- Two jumbo white marshmallows
- Small plastic bowls or five ounce disposable cups (to hold the various decorating ingredients)
- Plastic knives (to spread the frosting)
What to Do Before the VBS Craft
Prior to the day you plan to assemble the Noah’s ark edible craft, prepare the cakes as follows:
- Grease and flour the cake pans. Put the cupcake liners in nine of the muffin cups. Prepare the chocolate batter according to the package directions with these exceptions:
- Substitute one-half cup of apple juice for the water. This boosts the nutrition by adding 50 percent of the daily requirement for Vitamin C and one percent calcium.
- Add one-tablespoon wheat germ to the dry batter. This adds one gram of fiber and two grams of protein.
- Add one tablespoon of instant nonfat dry milk power. This increases the nutrition by adding approximately two grams of protein and 60 milligrams of calcium.
- Pour one-fourth cup of the batter into the prepared round cake pan. Use the remaining batter to fill the muffin cups, measuring out one-half cup batter per cup. Fill the empty cups with hot water before putting the pan into the oven.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 20 minutes (actual baking time will vary depending on the oven.) Use a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake and cupcakes to test for doneness. The toothpick comes out clean when they are done. (Reserve the cupcakes to use with another of the free edible crafts for small kids for vacation Bible school.)
- Cool the cake in the pan (on a wire rack) for about ten minutes, and then turn it out onto a clean plate.
Prepare the white cake according to the package directions except:
- Substitute one-cup apple juice for the water. This adds 100 percent of the percent daily value for vitamin C and two percent for calcium.
- Add two tablespoons instant nonfat dry milk power to boost the nutrition by about four grams of protein and 120 milligrams of calcium.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about thirty-two minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in pan. You can remove the cake from the pan and put it on a serving platter or decorate it in the pan.
How to Make Edible Sand
Noah's Ark Edible Craft Project
Just follow these simple steps for assembling Noah's ark, which is one of the free edible crafts for small kids for Vacation Bible School.
- Using a serrated bread knife, cut a one-half inch slice off the top of the small chocolate cake. Reserve for use with another project. Cut the cake in half to form two semi-circles. Cut the rounded ends off one of the semi-circles to make a semi-square shape.
- Spread a thin layer of white frosting over the surface of the cake.
- Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the bottom one-third of the frosting (ground).
- Sprinkle the green coconut over the cinnamon sugar (grass).
- Sprinkle the blue coconut over the top one-third of the cake (sky).
- Spread chocolate frosting over the top and sides of the chocolate cake semi-circle and semi-square. Place the frosted cake on the right hand side of the cake (ark).
- Use the Skittles to create a colorful rainbow in the sky over the ark.
- Place a dab of frosting on the back of the animal crackers and match them up by pairs. Arrange them on the cake.
- Cut the marshmallows in half and arrange in the sky.
- Admire your edible art project, and then cut, eat, and enjoy.
How the Kids Make the Craft
Here's how the kids participate:
- Let them mix the coconut and food coloring together in a plastic bowl, tossing well to combine. They can sprinkle the cinnamon sugar and the coconut on the cake.
- Have them sort the different colors of Skittles candies and place them in separate disposable cups. Invite them to create the rainbow.
- Let them match up pairs of the animal crackers, put on the frosting, and stick them on the cake.
- After an adult puts the white icing on the cake, let them use the plastic knives to smooth it.
- Cut the marshmallows with kitchen shears, and encourage the kids to arrange them on the cake.
Let the students do as much of the assembly as possible. Encourage them to wait their turn and share.
While the kids are working on the project, casually use conversational questions to reinforce learning. Here are some suggestions:
- Who made the grass and sky?
- What does the rainbow symbolize?
- Why do you think God put the rainbow in the sky?
Creating visual and sensory links for children helps them learn faster and retain the information longer.
Animal Cupcakes Edible Crafts
Use these simple but fun cupcakes with a wide range of themes:
- Safari themes
- Island themes
- Western themes
- Jungle themes
- Parable of the Lost Sheep
All you need is one cupcake per child, some edible food markers, vanilla wafers, cake frosting, and decorations. Put the cake decoration supplies out on the table, and let the kids decorate their cupcakes however they like. Use the same conversational questions or create your own to tie the craft to the lesson materials.
Free edible crafts for small kids for vacation Bible school are always popular with kids. Many times, they have as much fun making the crafts as they do eating them. When working with food crafts, it’s usually a good idea to check student’s records for any food allergies.
References: Author's own experience in the classroom as a Christian educator and lay children's minister.
© 2011 Donna Cosmato