Judging by appearances

Fun with food

Mix attractively decorated but super salty muffins among plain but great-tasting muffins.

Discussion point: Appreciate people for who they really are rather than judging them by how they look.

Make some muffin batter. (Cupcakes or cookies can be used in place of muffins if you wish.) Prior to baking the muffins, scoop out enough batter to make just a few muffins and place it in a separate bowl. Add ¼ to ½ cup of salt to that small amount of batter and mix it well. Keep track of the salty ones when you bake them.

After the muffins are baked, decorate the salty ones with icing and sprinkles. Leave the regular muffins plain. Allow your children to choose a muffin to eat. It is most likely that they will want the nicely decorated ones.

After they have tasted a salty muffin and decide that they don’t care to eat it, give them a regular muffin. For children who choose the plain muffin, you can tell them they chose wisely and have them sample the salty one anyway.

Review the questions for discussion below as you enjoy eating the regular muffins. The key points to emphasize are that appearances don’t tell us everything we need to know about others. We need to take the time to get to know others by asking them questions about themselves and spending time with them. This is how we can learn to appreciate people for who they really are, rather than judging them by how they look.

Questions for discussion
  • How are some kids different from others?
  • How do you choose which children you will play with?
  • Which kids often get left out?
  • Have you ever met someone who is like the plain muffin?
  • Have you ever met someone who is like the muffin with sprinkles?
  • What kind of people does God love – those who are like the salty muffins, or those like the plain muffins?
  • Who does God want us to love?
Relevant Scripture

1 John 4:11-12 “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.”