The Last Supper is one of the most important events in Jesus's life. Before he died on the cross, Jesus had the Last Supper with his disciples, in which he washed their feet and taught them about service. The Last Supper is an important lesson for children, because it teaches them to be humble and grateful for Jesus's sacrifice.
To begin the Last Supper lesson it is a good idea for teachers to read the story for the kids, especially for those who are not familiar with it. The story can be found in Luke 22:14-23, but other details can be found in Matthew 26 and 27. Older children can take turns reading the story from the teacher's preferred version of the Bible. Younger children might understand the story better if the teacher explains it using her own words.
Discussing the story of the Last Supper can help children understand the lessons and parables. Teachers should explain any words the children do not understand and ask them basic questions about the story to make sure they understand it. Questions such as why Jesus washed the disciples feet or why he blessed the food can help kids understand the meaning of the Last Supper. Teachers should help the kids understand that when they celebrate the Last Supper they need to think about Jesus's sacrifice.
Crafts can entertain children and help them remember the story of the Last Supper. Teachers can print pictures of the Last Supper and take crayons to the classroom for the kids to colour. Crafts salts made with Epsom salts, coarse salt, baking soda and food colouring can help remind kids of when Jesus washed the disciples' feet. Another fun crafts for children is to make foam keychains. Kids can decorate the keychain with markers and make a hole with a hole punch. Teachers can write a verse about the Last Supper on the keychain.
Role play is fun for children of all ages and can help make the story of the Last Supper more real for them. Teachers can bake or buy flat bread in advance to take to the classroom. Teachers can also take grape juice or water. To set up the scene teachers can spread a blanket on the floor or have a table for the children to sit in. After eating the snacks teachers can have the children recreate the washing of the disciples' feet. Teachers can take a bucket of water, soap and towels for the activity, or the children can use their imagination.