Mashed potato mountains

Fun with food

Make “mountains” from mashed potato, dough or sand and act out Scriptures about God’s power over nature.

Discussion point: God’s strength has no limits; He is able to protect us.

Serve mashed potatoes and allow your children to make “mountains” with the potato. If you prefer, you can also use play dough on a cookie sheet. Sand or dirt makes a good outdoor alternative.

As your children are making their mountains, read your choice of the verses listed below. Encourage each child to act out the verses that you are reading, demonstrating God’s power by squishing the mountains and making “streams flow.” (Streams can be created using melted butter, gravy or water.)

Use the discussion questions to talk about the magnitude of God’s power and His unlimited ability to answer prayer.

Questions for discussion
  • Have you ever seen an ocean?
  • Have you ever swum in big ocean waves?
  • Who decides where the shore of the ocean is?
  • Who can calm the ocean’s wild waves?
  • Have you ever been to a desert?
  • Why do so few plants grow in the desert?
  • What do you think it would be like to go for a long walk in the desert?
  • Who can cause streams to flow and plants to grow in the desert?
  • Who is in charge of everything that happens in nature?
  • If God gives orders to the ocean, flattens mountains and make rivers in the desert, is there anything He can’t do?
  • Read Mark 11:22-24 (see below). What did Jesus tell His disciples about prayer?
Key concepts

When we think of the way God uses His power to control all of nature, we are reminded that His mighty strength has no limits. We can take courage or be encouraged, knowing that when we pray, there is nothing God cannot do.

Close by thanking God for His love, power and constancy. For example, you could pray, “Dear God, it is a comfort to know that although the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, Your love for us will not be shaken. Amen” (Isaiah 54:10).

Relevant Scripture

Job 38:8-11 “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?”

Psalm 46:1-3,7 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. …The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Isaiah 41:17-20 “The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.”

Isaiah 54:10 “ ‘Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

Amos 9:5-6 “The Lord, the Lord Almighty – He who touches the earth and it melts, and all who live in it mournthe whole land rises like the Nile, then sinks like the river of Egypt– He who builds His lofty palace in the heavens and sets its foundation on the earth, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land – the Lord is His name.”

Mark 11:22-24 “ ‘Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered. ‘I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.’ ”