How to Use Food to Get Families to Lean In

As we head into the month of April, we are talking about the Big Idea of Hope. It’s believing something good can come out of something bad.

Few stories and examples have as good of handles for kids as the story we did a few years ago with Hope.

We had our Gordo character make chocolate chip cookies with Mr. Dan. The point of the story was simply Romans 8:28.

“We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.”

So to boil it down to a few sentences, Mr. Dan has Gordo try each ingredient in a cookie recipe.

And just as there are some that taste great there are some that taste terrible. Just like there are good things and bad things that happen to us. But just as the recipe works the bitter ingredients to make something delicious, God is able to take the bad things that might happen in our lives, and work them to good.

So with that set up out of the way, we thought it’d be fun to not just have the Gordo character try a little of the bad ingredients, but a lot. And while most #kidmin actors would be willing to “method act”, we wanted to help out our volunteer. So here’s a sneak peek at how to fake out your friends, family, or audience with some fake food. (Or maybe even a #prank for #aprilfoolsday)

The vanilla was pretty easy. We cleaned the bottle out and filled it with coke. Our actor’s reaction though was priceless!

Then there was butter. Do you hear the audiences reaction to that massive chomp of butter? Awesome! What we did was cut a banana up right before and wrap it in a clean butter label. Our actor took the biggest bite he could and the audience loved it.


Finally, the raw egg. This one took some slight of hand. They cracked a real egg and put it in a measuring cup and then placed it behind the ingredients. Then picked up an identical cup with a small scoop of yellow jello and coconut oil. Worked great.


We used powdered sugar as a good baking soda and baking powder substitute. And while we’re on the subject of fake food, for other skits, vanilla pudding makes a good mayo, chocolate pudding looks like mud, and some white food coloring (yes they sell it) in water can be made to look like spoiled milk.

Why all the work?

People lean in, when you surprise them.

They remember things when they’re leaned in.

And when they remember it, that means they’re that much more likely to use what you teach and invite someone back.

And when you have a message as important as we do, that’s worth celebrating.

So leave a comment below, have you ever faked someone out with a gross food before? What was it? And stay tuned for next week’s post where I’ll reveal a great #kidmin #magictrick, that will be sure to get kids and adults to lean in, that you won’t want to miss.

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