Edible Bible Crafts

64 delicious story-based craft ideas for children

Sally Welch

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Absolutely brilliant! I'm always being asked where to find this kind of thing, so having all these ideas in one place is wonderful. I can see this being a great resource for children's practitioners and Messy Churches who want biblically-based activities - and children just love food crafts!
Yvonne Morris, Children's Adviser, Diocese of Oxford

Content

If you're looking for child-friendly Bible-themed cooking activities, this is the book for you!

Sally Welch brings the Bible to life for 3-11s with her range of edible crafts, covering twelve Old Testament stories, twelve New Testament stories and eight key festivals from the church year. Each unit gives the Bible story in a children's version, a short reflection on the passage, and a sweet and a savoury recipe idea.

The recipes use readily available ingredients and equipment, require no cooking during the craft session and can be used in a variety of situations, including Sunday schools, midweek clubs and Messy Church events.

The book also includes detailed information about set-up and preparation, tips on where to buy ingredients, and basic recipes to form the basis of the crafts, such as fairy cakes, biscuits, pastry, together with egg- and gluten-free alternatives.

From the Foreword by +John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford

I love Sally Welch's imagination. I had never thought of illustrating the great biblical stories through edible crafts and I'm not sure many others have, either. But Sally has proved just how effective this process is, combining learning, fun and fascinating food.

The Christian story no longer has the privileged place it used to have in our culture. Indeed, sometimes it seems to be slipping out of our cultural memory at an alarming rate. Yet people with Sally's powers of imagination are always finding new ways to tell the story. Art, music, film, drama, poetry, literature - all have been used for centuries and are forever developing new and exciting examples of their art-form. YouTube and video clips are newer expressions of the same creativity and are full of potential if we can release the energies of willing people with the necessary expertise.

But I'd never thought of cakes! Sally Welch was several steps ahead of me, of course, and the suggestions and examples in this book are the result of much fun-filled experimentation with her groups of children and families. To combine telling the story with making and eating it is a brilliant coup. Just to look at the examples here is to chuckle.

Judaism and Christianity are full of the significance of food and the act of eating together. From Adam and Eve's illicit picnic in Eden to the heavenly banquet in the teaching of Jesus, food is a constant theme. It's basic to every person's life and to every nation's flourishing. Sally couldn't have used a more fundamental medium through which to tell the story.

Have fun with the ideas in this book. Use and adapt them, as you would with all the best recipes. Don't tell my grandchildren, but they're about to help their grandfather in the kitchen. Do I hear 'About time!' from next door?

+John Pritchard

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Endorsements

Absolutely brilliant! I'm always being asked where to find this kind of thing, so having all these ideas in one place is wonderful. I can see this being a great resource for children's practitioners and Messy Churches who want biblically-based activities - and children just love food crafts!
Yvonne Morris, Children's Adviser, Diocese of Oxford

Author info

Sally Welch is the Associate Priest at St Margaret's Church, an Anglican parish church in the heart of north Oxford, where she focuses on working with families and children. Sally leads an enthusiastic toddler group, a thriving Sunday school, a music school for the under sevens and a monthly activity morning on a Saturday, where her edible craft activities are trialled. Sally also leads training events for the Diocese of Oxford in the area of spirituality and is a Diocesan Labyrinth Coordinator. Sally's published works include Making a Pilgrimage (Lion Hudson, 2009); Walking the Labyrinth (Canterbury Press, 2010) and Every Place is Holy Ground (Canterbury Press, 2011).

Reviews

Review from Magnet Summer 2015

This book is a 'Godsend' for all involved in children's ministry! The combination of food and story, of listening and creating is irresistible. As well as highlighting the major Christian festivals, there are 24 stories from the Old and New Testaments, each narrated in child-friendly language. Key verses from the Bible are highlighted which could then be used in other creative ways. A short reflection follows. For older children these could be used in their entirety, but leaders will easily tailor this teaching to suit their particular situations.

The edible crafts are ingenious and it's refreshing to find a savoury as well as a sweet activity for each session. No actual cooking takes place during the activity but leaders will appreciate the helpful preparation guidelines, clear instructions, shortcuts and hints for success, including tips on gluten and egg-free cooking.

Whilst the layout is black and white, colour illustrations on the inside cover help leaders to visualise the outcome. Bartimaeus' eyes, both sweet and savoury, seem somewhat gruesome to me - but doubtless appealing to children! While most ingredients may be commonplace, occasionally children may be introduced to food that they've not encountered a home. The crafts encourage all involved to experiment. I was fascinated by the blue sea jelly! All are tried and tested and present a fun way of familiarising children with Bible stories while exploring their relevance to their lives today.

Review by Tania Brosnan


Absolutely brilliant! I'm always being asked where to find this kind of thing, so having all these ideas in one place is wonderful. I can see this being a great resource for children's practitioners and Messy Churches who want biblically-based activities - and children just love food crafts!

Yvonne Morris, Children's Adviser, Diocese of Oxford


This book is a great resource for children of any age and in any situation! Each 'edible craft' has a page outlining the Bible story including a reflection and then a sweet and savoury recipe and instructions for assembling your edible craft. The book is laid out clearly and easy to follow. The pictures are black and white and would be more appealing in colour. The 'recipes' range from very simple to more complex. The recipes don't need any 'actual cooking' (some require cooking prior to 'assembling' the craft). My favourites by far are the 'sweet' recipes which I will use far more than the savoury recipes (but maybe that is because I prefer them!!).

Lara Mills, Children's Worker, Westwood Church, Coventry


From the Star, Diocese of Peterborough

Here are 64 Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments as well as relating to major festivals for you to share with children or all-age groups. There is also a reflection on the story (which you may wish to adapt for your own group), and the all-important edible craft. Some ideas are sweet and some savoury - all can be eaten and all have the advantage of not creating much land-fill waste. The fairy cake and mini-marshmallow idea to illustrate the Good Shepherd is fresh and fun though it only 'speaks' of the sheep and not of Jesus' overwhelming care for us. This book is worth a look especially if you are tired of glitter or foam shapes.


I have one amazing volunteer who dreams up savoury and sweet crafts using food from her imagination but after four years would appreciate some help. The first section has tips for organising, recipes and techniques. At first glance you might wonder why illustrated in black and white but all important information on the first page is the clue. The original purchaser can copy the pages for use in a teaching situation. Full colour illustrations are inside the front and back covers. The savoury recipes use vegetables, rice cakes, tortilla and boiled eggs. Cheese is used in various forms. The items are linked to Bible stories, however wells, boats, people even jars can be used for different themes. The flower from slices of cucumber or carrot looks very effective. I recommend it for anyone because these are easy to construct, do not need special equipment or cooking. So any group looking for craft can adapt these. It is a resource for church leaders.

Review by Lilian Gill

Book details

  • ISBN: 9780857462435
  • Published: 18 April 2014
  • Status:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 128
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