Friday, March 22, 2019

Come Follow Me: Matthew 14–15; Mark 6–7; John 5–6 (March 25–31)

This week's Come Follow me we are focusing on Jesus feeding the 5,000 and Jesus walking on the water.  These ideas go along with the Individual and Family and  Primary manual.  As always the printables can be found in the free download at the end of this post.  I loved spending time in the scriptues studying these stories and can't wait to teach my own children and primary kids. I'd love to hear what you have planned for the week.  Also thank you all for your kind comments on last weeks post.  I appreciate every single one and all of you for stopping by :)

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Jesus Feeding the 5,000: I've included some cute and simple story cards that you can show as you tell the story.  Print and cut apart.  Follow up with this cute basket of questions.  

 Print and assemble the basket by cutting around the edge but NOT where the bottom meets.  fold in half and staple around the edge.  Print and cut out the bread and fish with questions and place them in your basket.  Take turns picking and answering the questions. (black and white option included)

With this story we are going to talk about how Jesus was kind and served those that came to listen to him.  We are then going to think of some ways we can serve others this week. As a visual reminder we are going to make this fun craft that goes along with the question basket above.  Print a set for each person.  Have them cut out the pieces (basket is just like the one above).  Let them color and write a way they can serve someone on each loaf of bread and fish.  To assemble the basket you can use glue, staple, or hole punch and use yarn to stitch together.  If choosing the sewing option I would print the basket on cardstock.  (there is also a colored set if you want to make a set as a family instead of individually and skip a step)

How cute is this basket from Blissful Domestication!  This would be an adorable substitute to the printable basket above.  Make and add the fish and bread.  It would also be cute to make an extra and fill with some treats and deliver it to a family.  Great way to serve.

As I was reading through the Individual and Family and primary manual I had the idea for this activity.  I hope you can follow my train of thought on this one :)  The title in the primary manual is our small offerings can make a difference and I really like this theme when talking about Jesus feeding the 5,000.  It was a young boy that gave what he could.  It was no where near enough to feed that many people but with the Savior it was not only enough but there was extra!  What an amazing miracle.  To teach this concept I created an I spy page with tiny images (if you have older kids and want the pictures even smaller print 2 to a page).    The images are of things that they can do to follow our Savior.  Grab a magnifying glass and look at all the different ways we can serve other, build our testimony, and follow Jesus. They may seem like small acts alone but as we "yoke" ourselves to the Savior he can help these acts become great in our lives and those we serve.  (You can find cheap magnifying glass at walmart in the office section or I love these jumbo ones found here but they are more expensive)

Here are a few additional activities I found
video clip of Jesus feeding the 5,000
Picture story from the friend- I love that it ends with "miracles still happen."  This would be a great conversation starter on some modern day miracles or miracles you've witnessed in your life.
Easy read picture story-my 5 year old loves these
This idea would be cute to go with the service theme 

If you want to talk about Jesus being the "bread of life" I liked this article  Importance of bread during Jesus's time.  If you didn't make bread last week this bread in a bag activity would be fun to tie into this topic.  

Jesus Walks on the Water: "What could have inspired Peter to leave the safety of his boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee during a boisterous storm? What led him to believe that if Jesus could walk on water, he could too? We can’t know for certain, but perhaps Peter understood that the Son of God came not just to do wonderful things for the people but to empower people like Peter to do wonderful things too." (I & F)  

Find the video clip here

Retelling board would be so fun to use while telling the story the first time or use it as a review activty.  Print the board and the cards and the next page.  Cut the cards apart.  I recommend cardstock and add velcro or magnets to each number and card.  Add the cards in order or mix them up and see if your little one can put them in order. (b&w also included.  would be really cute as a coloring page!)

This next idea comes from the primary manual "Ask the children to imagine they were present and had a camera when Jesus and Peter walked on the sea. Which moment would they choose to photograph and why?...Invite them to draw a picture of the moment they chose, share their pictures, and explain why they chose that moment.Have them color the picture of the kid with a camera (ideally to look like themselves).  On the second page have them draw the moment they would choose and write why on the lines.  Cut the two pieces out and glue the kid to the top of the drawing page.  Display or take turns sharing their picture. 
I really loved this talk it would be a great one to share. It would be a great way to talk about some of the things that distract us from the Savior.  I included a quote from it in the download.

A few other ideas:
I love the picture in the I & F lesson 
To go along with the idea of "be not afraid" You can use this story board from my post a few weeks ago found here or there is a cute story in this months friend that would work as well (find it here)

That's all for this week.  I hope there is something that will work for your family or primary class.  As always if you have any questions or trouble with the download please let me know :)


  1. LOVE these ideas- thank you so much!! Just so you are aware, the loaves and fishes questions has a typo on one of the loaves of bread. The question reads: "How many people do you think the 5 loafts and 2 fishes would feed? loafts instead of loaves :)

  2. Thank you so much for providing these ideas! My family and I love them and enjoy the visuals as we go through our lessons each week!! You are so creative!

    1. Thank you so much :) So happy you can use them!

  3. Just when I think you can't top yourself you do! Always amazing, appropriate, fun and spot on!

  4. Thank you so much for taking the time to provide this for everyone. It is such a blessing.

    1. You are very welcome! Thanks for taking the time to leave me such a nice comment :)

  5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these - HELPS me so much with our lil SUNBEAMS!!! Where were you when I was raising my 5 kiddos!!! (not born yet!! ) hahaha
    PLS keep providing - you really are a true BLESSING!!!

    1. Haha I'm so happy to help and that you are able to use them with your class. Thank you so much for your comment :)

  6. Thank you so much for sharing this content for free! I am going to use some of your ideas in my primary class tomorrow I think they are brilliant xx

  7. Love your work! Any plans for this next lesson week, Easter?