2015 VBS Snack Ideas & Tips

{ April 24th, 2015 }

We searched the Web and added some of our favorite VBS snack ideas for the various 2015 VBS themes. Here are the highlights, just click the continue reading button at the bottom of each post to continue reading. If you’re on Pinterest, follow our boards as we are constantly pinning more ideas!  Be sure to also check out our 2015 VBS Decorating Ideas & Tips and 2015 VBS Free Resources posts.  Let Guildcraft Arts & Crafts be your source for quality and affordable crafts, decorations and more!

OFF THE MAP

Dragonfly-2The wonderful world of outdoors! There are some really cute snack ideas for VBS Off the Map. Aren’t these the most adorable dragonfly celery logs?

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Everest

919-269 Blueberry Crystal Rock Candy AThis is a great time to get super creative. Some of your snacks will be cold or frozen and that will sure feel wonderful on a hot, summer day! One off the most popular snack pins on our VBS Everest pinterest board seems to be blue rock candy that looks like blue frozen ice (see image below)!

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Nazareth

Bread-2What do you feed children during a bible-times themed VBS? Food that Jesus may have eaten, of course! One of the most basic choices that most children will love is homemade bread with honey drizzled on top!  Keep in mind, you should account for kids that may be Gluten intolerant by offering a gluten-free option!

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Thailand

Banana-Elephant-2Elephants are dancing through our minds every day and every night when we think about Thailand VBS!  There are so many elephant snack ideas that we have to share with all of you!

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G-Force

Pretzel-Rod-Traffic-Lights-2A little imagination goes a long way when creating snacks for your G-Force VBS this summer.  There are so many options to provide healthy, attractive snacks that your kids will love!

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VBS G-Force Snack Ideas

{ April 20th, 2015 }

A little imagination goes a long way when creating snacks for your G-Force VBS this summer.  There are so many options to provide healthy, attractive snacks that your kids will love!

Kids will race to gobble up these apple cars! Use the four wheels to share the story on day three about the four friends who bring a friend to Jesus for healing!

Apple Cars

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Kara’s Party Ideas. “Race Car 8th Birthday Party” Online Image.
Kara’s Party Ideas. July, 2013.

Stoplights will stop them in their tracks during snack time! Use a melon baller to make these in a snap.

Melon Baller Stop Light

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All Things G&D. “Kate’s Cars Themed Birthday Party” Online Image.
All Things G&D. January, 2014.

Dip pretzel rods in chocolate and add candy-coated pieces for these cute traffic light snacks.

Pretzel Rod Traffic Lights

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Catch My Party. “Beep beep, Vroom vroom, Choo choo – Nathan is turning TWO” Online Image.

Catch My Party. August, 2013.

This is a perfect snack for kids to make. Spread a graham cracker with peanut butter or another spread and top with candy- coated pieces!

Graham Cracker Traffic Light

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ABC and 123. “Toddler Time: The Color Green ” Online Image.

ABC and 123. March, 2009.

If you are short on snack volunteers, grab some doughnuts and place on a checkered backdrop! These wheels will grab everyone’s attention and you can stack these treats for day two and use this snack time to discuss Solomon putting his faith in action building the temple!

Doughnut Tires

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Cakewalk. “skateboard party ” Online Image.
Cakewalk. November, 2011.

Do you have a volunteer who is a great baker?  Enlist them to help craft these cookies for day five! My favorite? READY, SET, GO!  This is a perfect springboard to talk about sharing the Good News! Go and make disciples of all nations.

Race-Car-Cookies

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Cool Party Favors. “Race Car Kids Birthday” Online Image.

Cool Party Favors. April, 2009.

Kids look forward to snack time during VBS. Use this time to fuel their faith!

Guildcraft Arts and Crafts is a prime source for quality decorations. This one stop shopping will make your job easier and make you look like a star! Follow our VBS G-Force Pinterest Board for more ideas!

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VBS Thailand Snack Ideas

{ March 31st, 2015 }

Elephants are dancing through our minds every day and every night when we think about Thailand VBS!  There are so many elephant snack ideas that we have to share with all of you! Starting off with the healthy choices that include “child-friendly” ingredients, you can incorporate fruit or graham crackers.  The “sandwich” idea is especially good if you need to supply your VBS participant with a substantial lunch or light dinner.

Elephant Apple

City Lights Collectible. “Apple Elephant” Online Image.
City Lights Collectible. January, 2015.

Elephant

Pinterest User. “Graham Cracker Elephant” Online Image.
Pinterest. January, 2015.

Banana Elephant

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Canadian Family by Jill Dubien. “Cute Lunch Idea: Easy Elephant Sandwich” Online Image.
Canadian Family. January, 2015.

Fruit, especially watermelon is a good choice. The Thai culture showcases carving as in the photo below, but we suggest getting out some cookie cutters and letting the kids help! Everyone will have some fun!

Fruit

Chuncarve “Fruit Stylist”. “Chuncarve “Fruit Stylist”” Online Image

Chuncarve “Fruit Stylist”. January, 2015.

Watermelon Pops

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B-Inspired Mama. “Watermelon Pops” Online Image

B-Inspired Mama. May, 2014.

Speaking of cookie cutters, these cookies are expertly decorated and festive. You could buy an elephant cookie cutter and try them at home or make them at church and have the kids participate in the cutting out and decorating! Be sure to provide many colors of icing!

Elephant Cookies

The Art of Cookie. “Elephant Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing Details” Online Image

The Art of Cookie. April, 2011.

Another thought is to introduce the kids to the cultural foods from Thailand.  Our advice is to stay away from the spicy foods.  Children are sensitive to hot and spicy foods.

This first picture is a coconut rice pudding with mango and Thai basil- sure to be a crowd pleaser! The next is baked cream cheese rangoons – try different Thai sauces for dipping

Coconut Rice Pudding

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Sweet Paul. “Coconut Rice Pudding with Mango & Thai Basil
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Sweet Paul. January, 2015.

Rangoon

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Domestic Superhero. “Baked Cream Cheese Rangoons” Online Image
Domestic Superhero. March, 2014.

Three authentic Thai snacks are corn with shredded coconut (especially nice if served in leaf boats) and roti (fried thin dough topped with sweetened condensed milk and sugar)- Who wouldn’t like this? The last picture is Pandan-coconut ice cream! Check out that purple bowl!

Corn with Shredded Coconut

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ThaiTable.com. “Corn with Shredded Coconut – Kow Poad Klook” Online Image
ThaiTable.com. January, 2015.

Roti

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ThaiTable.com. “Roti” Online Image
ThaiTable.com. January, 2015.

Ice Cream

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Saveur. “Pandan-Coconut Ice Cream” Online Image

Saveur. July, 2013.

You can use the Thai boats from Guildcraft Arts & Crafts for any of your snacks!

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You can link your snack to each day’s bible message. Don’t forget to use the time during snack to connect to each child, reinforcing the bible verse of the day.  Give the kids time to share questions and concerns about what they are learning and about this exciting culture!

Guildcraft Arts and Crafts is a prime source for quality decorations. This one stop shopping will make your job easier and make you look like a star! Follow our VBS Thailand Pinterest Board for more ideas!

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VBS Nazareth Snack Ideas

{ March 23rd, 2015 }

What do you feed children during a bible-times themed VBS? Food that Jesus may have eaten, of course!

One of the most basic choices that most children will love is homemade bread with honey drizzled on top!  Keep in mind, you should account for kids that may be Gluten intolerant by offering a gluten-free option!

Bread

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The Cafe. “5 Minute Artisan Bread Tutorial” Online Image.
The Cafe. August, 2014.

This could also easily become an activity for the kids- make dough together, shape it and bake it.

One of the fruits that were available during bible times were grapes- loved by most children.

Two of the more unusual fruit choices are pomegranates and figs.  Serving these snacks would be a perfect springboard to discussing Jesus and life during that time period versus our eating choices.  Share photos of fig trees and bible stories that mention these fruits.  It would be interesting to talk about how these foods are STILL available today over 2000 years after Jesus childhood!

 

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Discovery Moments. “A Year of Crafts – Advent Calendar” Online Image.

Discovery Moments. December, 2012.

Now for the whimsical snacks:  Sheep are a natural choice.  Sheep with fruit, cereal sheep, marshmallow sheep and sheep cupcakes! These healthy fruit sheep are cute and yummy! Use raisins for the kids who might not like olives!

Sheep-Fruit-Snack2

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Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons. “Sheep Fruit Snack” Online Image.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons. April, 2014.

And these sheep are yummy in a different way! You can have a lot of fun with these and so will the children! If you have a creative baker, have fun with the cupcakes, perhaps making each sheep different.  If you need a take away snack, try the sheep in a bag.

how-to-make-cheerios-sheep-snacks-recipe-cherylstyle

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Everyday Dishes. “Cheerios sheep snacks” Online Image.

Everyday Dishes. March, 2015.

Mashmallow Sheep 1

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Hello Little House. “Shaun the sheep party!” Online Image.

Hello Little House. August, 2012.

Mashmallow Sheep 2

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Mama Miss. “Sheep Trick-or-Treat” Online Image.

Mama Miss. October, 2014.

All of these snacks will delight your VBS kids and spark dialogue that will help them learn more about Jesus and the bible!

Guildcraft Arts and Crafts is a prime source for quality decorations. This one stop shopping will make your job easier and make you look like a star! Follow our VBS Nazareth Pinterest Board for more ideas!

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For this week’s Freebie Friday we bring you cupcake toppers for the various VBS themes.

Just because it’s snack time doesn’t mean your adventure shouldn’t carry over into this time! Use these 2015 VBS cupcake toppers to not only make your snack table look fun but to continue to enforce the message of your program.

All of the cupcake toppers come with the option to print ready-to-color which could make a fun craft/snack option!

You can also use the cupcake toppers for other purposes such as treat bag tags, buttons and more!

Your turn! What idea do you have for using cupcake toppers?

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Blast to the Past

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Precolored Blast to the Past Cupcake Toppers

Ready-to-Color Blast to the Past Cupcake Toppers

Camping

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Precolored Camping Cupcake Toppers

Ready-to-Color Camping Cupcake Toppers

 

Everest

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Precolored Everest Cupcake Toppers

Ready-to-Color Cupcake Toppers

 

Fun Run

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Precolored Fun Run Cupcake Toppers

Ready-to-Color Fun Run Cupcake Toppers

 

G-Force

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Precolored G-Force Cupcake Toppers

Ready-to-Color G-Force Cupcake Toppers

 

Kilimanjaro

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Precolored Kilimanjaro Cupcake Toppers

Ready-to-Color Kilimanjaro Cupcake Toppers

 

Nazareth

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Precolored Nazareth Cupcake Toppers

Ready-to-Color Nazareth Cupcake Toppers

 

Off the Map

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Precolored Off the Map Cupcake Toppers

Ready-to-Color Off the Map Cupcake Toppers

 

Science Lab

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Precolored Science Lab Cupcake Toppers

Ready-to-Color Science Lab Cupcake Toppers

 

Shining Star

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Precolored Shining Star Cupcake Toppers

Ready-to-Color Shining Star Cupcake Toppers

 

Thailand

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Precolored Thailand Cupcake Toppers

Ready-to-Color Thailand Cupcake Toppers

 

To the Edge

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Precolored To the Edge Cupcake Toppers

Ready-to-Color To the Edge Cupcake Toppers

 

Click here to download the 2015 VBS Coloring Sheets

Guildcraft Arts and Crafts is a prime source for quality crafts, decorations, prizes and more. This one stop shopping will make your job easier and make you look like a star! Follow our Pinterest Boards for more ideas!

 

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