Mana In The Desert: Suggested Lesson Plan

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By: Anna

Ages:  First and Second grade, but easily adapted for older students

Objective:  The students will learn about how God provided food, even for grumbling Israelites when they needed it.  They will also learn to be patient, knowing God provides what we need, then be thankful when God does provide.

Bible Background:  Exodus 16:1-36  and Philippians 4:19

Memory Verse: God will meet all your need.  Philippians 4:19

The bible background reveals a grumbling group of people to us.  These are the same people that God just rescued from Egypt.  These are the same people who saw the Red Sea being parted.  Now, they are afraid that same God isn’t powerful enough to keep them from starving in the desert.

But what happens?  God provides anyway.  He provides in spite of their grumbling and complaining.  This week we’ll learn how we should be patient, knowing God will provide for us.


Our small group activities last about 45 minutes.  Although some students could easily come early, they seem to all arrive almost right on time.  Therefore, I don’t normally have any major activity planned for when they arrive.  We do have a list of arrival activities that we complete.

  • Arrival Activities:   I will be making  a separate post to explain our arrival activities and contests in case someone is interested in seeing how we handle this.
  • Simon Says: Play a game of Simon Says.  Use very specific instructions.  At the end, tell the students that we will be hearing a story of a time when God gave some very specific instructions for the Israelites to follow. 
  • Bible Story:  Use the bible background to tell the story of how the Israelites were wandering and complaining in the desert.  Talk about how there were very strict guidelines about how to pick up the mana.  They had to pick up a certain amount each day.  If they picked up too much, it would spoil.  If they didn’t pick up enough, they wouldn’t have enough to eat.  Follow the activity that uses  white chocolate popcorn mana.
  •  Mana Memory Verse:  While the students indulge in their white chocolate popcorn mana, teach the memory verse:  God will meet all your needs.  Philippians 4:19
  • Prayer:  Give each student an empty paper plate.  Remind them of how God provided food for the Israelites.  Also remind them that God is able to provide the things we need in our lives.  Have the students write or draw something on the plate that they need.  Divide them into partners and have the partners pray with each other for the things they put on their plates.
  • Plate Up The Memory Verse:  Write one word of the memory verse on separate paper plates.  Put the plates in order around a table and allow the students to walk around the table to read the memory verse.  Talk about how God provided food for the Israelites.  God also provides food for us and we should be thankful for that food.  Let the students take turns offering a prayer of thanks to God for providing food for us.  Remind students to always thank God for providing food.  Then, scramble the plates together and allow students to work in pairs or teams to put the plates back in order.
  • This Is My Father’s World:  Use this music video to sing “This Is My Father’s World” with the kids.  First, talk about how God created the whole world and everything in it.  This means He is in control of everything in the world.  Since it all belongs to Him, He is more than able to provide the things we need.  It all belongs to Him already.


Mana In The Desert

What do you think?

What other activities can you think of that help teach the concept that God will always provide?




 Mana In The Desert:  Suggested Lesson Plan

Michelle Rogers

Michelle holds a graduate degree in Curriculum and Technology as well as an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. Having been in the Assembly of God affiliation of churches for her entire life, she easily incorporates the knowledge of how kids learn into the way churches should be showing the gospel to kids. Her work experience includes elementary school teacher, preschool teacher, day care director, children's pastor, Missionettes coordinator, Sunday School teacher, and online college instructor. On the side, she blogs, reads and creates new web applications with PHP, mySQL, JavaScript and more.
 Mana In The Desert:  Suggested Lesson Plan
 Mana In The Desert:  Suggested Lesson Plan

2 thoughts on “Mana In The Desert: Suggested Lesson Plan

  1. One thing I think of here is that God provided exactly what the Israelites needed, not particularly what they wanted. This is an important distinction, because sometimes in life we think we know what we want, and are frustrated at God because He doesn’t give it to us. Yet later, maybe years later, we realize that God had actually given us exactly what we needed at the time.

    I enjoy the activities you posted here, though. I like the one with writing our needs on a paper plate, and praying for those things.

  2. I do like the prayer plate idea. I think with the kids seeing each others wishes or needs it would be easier to pray for them. I bet the kids would pray for them when they say their prayers at night too. It would be interesting to see what they write down. If they write things like world peace or a new puppy.

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