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Ages: 3 to 6 Preschool and kindergarten, VBS, Sunday school
The following set of activities are to engage children in celebrating Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The craft focuses on the nativity of Jesus or birth of Jesus.
The craft allows children to own and make a Nativity scene to place somewhere special. Young children love to pretend and role play and the craft is fun for them to reenact the events by moving the figures and/or adding other small toys to it: plastic barn animals, etc. A song relevant to this event is also wonderful way for children to remember the meaning of the Nativity and use the craft in a meaningful way.
Note: If the activity is being presented as a theme of winter holidays celebrated around the world here is basic information to prepare a description and introduction. Christmas @ Wikipedia.org
Activity > Bible Activity - Read the Story of the Nativity > The Birth of Jesus
Read the story of the Nativity from your choice of toddler or preschool Bible story book. Here is Bible text Luke 2:1-20 in the Internatioanl Children's Bible @ biblegateway.com. At the top you can choose a different Bible version. Discuss at your discretion.
King James Version - The Birth of Jesus
1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.
2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought
forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and
laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
13 Suddenly a great
company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Activity Craft > Stand-up Nativity Ages 2+ (with
Printing and assembly options:
4. Fold template 1C or 1B along the dotted area to form an L shape. Glue a toilet paper tube or similar object to the back for support.5. Children can now place the figures in front or glue to the base. Optional: add small plastic barn animals if you have them.
Activity 3: Art Appreciation: The Nativity
*This activity can be conducted before or after conducting the craft activity
The Nativity has been an inspiration to many artists. An image, such as a painting can be a wonderful way to bring the beauty and significance of a Biblical story. At the same time, we can introduce our children to great works art. Below are links to famous paintings depicting The Nativity. Share those you feel comfortable with, and explain that these are how famous painters (make sure to share their names) painted an image of what they imagined when they heard or read the Christmas story. These paintings are hundreds of years old and people around the world go to museums to admire their beauty and these works of art continue to tell the story of this important event.
**Duccio di Buoninsegna. Maestà: The Birth of Christ
**Lucas Cranach the Elder. The Birth of Christ
**Lorenzo Lotto. The Nativity
Activity > Christmas Songs
Choose a song that relates to events of the Nativity. Sing together and record. Links @ YouTube.
*What Child is This?
*Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem
*Away in the Manger
Illustration only templates below
1-C & 2-C
Black & White
1-B & 2-B
Christmas Coloring Pages
Letter A is for Angel
Letter I is for Inn
Letter J is for Jesus
Digraph Sh Shepherd