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Snacks for Vacation Bible School

Finger Foods for Vacation Bible School Snacks

With a little creativity you can make snack time one of the highlights of your Vacation Bible School by offering treats that are both tasty and appealing to kids. Finding a snack that complements your theme or lesson will go a long way to make your VBS a success.

Don’t forget the adults in your overall plan. A refreshment time for finger food and cookies is a great opportunity for fellowship and making visitors feel welcome.


Consider these factors when deciding which snacks you will serve:

  • Food Budget
  • Volunteers to prepare, serve and cleanup.
  • Where will the snacks be served? In the classroom or in another area?

Volunteers and Donations

Don’t be shy. Make announcements in your church bulletin well ahead of time for VBS. Be specific about your needs. There are some members that may not be able to contribute their time but will be more than happy to bake, buy snacks or make a monetary donation.

Don’t forget to thank all of your helpers after VBS is over. Take time to write a special note or even host a breakfast or dinner for the teachers and helpers to let them know you really appreciated their help. Your efforts may go a long way to ensure that you get those same volunteers for next year.



Food Allergies

Be sure to ask parents if their children have any food allergies or special needs when it comes to food. It is a great idea to leave a space for this on your VBS sign up forms. It may be a good idea to prepare extra snacks that don’t contain any type of peanuts or peanut byproducts.

Quick and Easy Snacks for Vacation Bible School

Beverages: I like to serve lemonade because it does not stain clothing or carpets. You can always count on kids to spill their drinks. Stay away from anything that is grape or cherry flavored. Juice boxes might be a quick and easy way to serve the beverages as well. Smaller children might have trouble inserting the straws, so be prepared to help.

Gold Fish Crackers – kids love these! If you are doing any type of theme that involves fish, these are the perfect snack to reinforce your lessons.

Animal Crackers or Teddy Grahams – again, you can use these to reinforce any lessons involving animals.

Water Melon heart-shaped slices – these require some prep time but can be done ahead and put in the refrigerator.

Trail mix - get creative and make your trail mix to match your theme. For tropical themes, use dried fruits and nuts. For a western theme, use pretzels, popcorn and nuts.

Quick Recipes For Vacation Bible School Snacks

Animal sandwiches
1/3 c peanut butter
¼ cup cream cheese softened
2 TBS honey

Mix peanut butter, cream cheese and honey in a mixing bowl. Stir until well blended. Trim crust from the bread. Cut into animal shapes using cookie cutters. Put spread on half of bread and top with a matching piece. May be covered and refrigerated until ready to serve.

Pinwheel Sandwiches

Peanut Butter
Flour Tortilla

Mix Honey with Peanut Butter and spread on tortilla, sprinkle with granola. Roll up and refrigerate, cut into slices.

Gelatin Jigglers

4 pkgs of any flavor fruit gelatin – enough for 16 servings

1.5 cups boiling water or fruit juice

Completely dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Pour into a 9-inch square pan. Chill until firm. Cut with animal shaped cookie cutters and place on plates.



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