Birth of Jesus (You can break this lesson down into 4 to cover the Birth of Jesus, The Shepherds, The Escape to Egypt, and the Wise Men.)
Objectives:The children will be able to
- retell the story of Jesus’ birth
- identify that Jesus was born in a stable and on Christmas
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson
christianpreschoolprintables.com- Christmas Word Wall (scroll down to this). Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.
dltk-bible.com- Christmas Word Wall Word Templates (scroll down to bottom for this). Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words. Use the cards you want that are posted.
Read story: “A Baby In A Basket” (Snip and Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 22 & 24) and do cut outs as the story unfolds. Or you can use your own Bible story book.
Then ask some of the questions from below:
1. What town was Jesus born in? (Bethlehem)
2. Why did Joseph take Mary to Bethlehem? (To register so they could be taxed.)
3. Where was it that there was no room? (The inn.)
4. Where was Jesus born? (In a stable.)
5. How many Wise Men were there? (3)
6. Who came and brought gifts for Jesus? (The Three Wise Men.)
7. How did the Wise Men find Jesus? (They followed a very bright star.)
8. Why did Joseph take Mary and Jesus to Egypt? (So King Herod could not kill Jesus.)
9. When King Herod died where did Joseph take Mary and Jesus? (To live in Nazareth.)
Songs and/or Finger Plays:
Introduce songs and/or finger plays: What town was Jesus born in?
Five Happy Shepherds (finger play)- Pray & Play Bible for Young Children by Group Publishing, page 101.
Going To Bethlehem, Christmas Is Jesus’ Birthday, Jesus Is Our Gift (songs)- Pray & Play Bible 2 by Group Publishing, page 111.
Birth of Jesus Story Wheel- Children turn their story wheel dials to retell the Bible story they learned over and over again. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke. Directions on page 37 - 39, craft template on page 40 & 44.)
Christmas- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 33 & 34.)
Introduce crafts: How did the Wise Men find Jesus?
powerfulmothering.com- Craft Stick Stars
An easy and pretty star craft made out of paddle pop sticks (popsicle sticks), paint, and glitter.
hellokids.com- Popsicle Stick Star of David
A very simple star made out of 6 popsicle sticks.
Potato Stars- Paint, glitter, and a potato can help make a beautiful night sky. Even though this comes from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to do. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 53).
The Wise Men Visit Jesus- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 35 & 36.)
Shine On- Students make punched-tin candleholders. (Bible Story Crafts & Projects Children Love by Kathy Ross, page 71).
noelnoelnoel.com- Festive Candle Holder
Cute, easy craft made out of a baby food jar and tissue paper. Tip: Make a mixture of half water and half glue in a paper cup. Paint with a paintbrush or a Q-tip a small area on each jar with the glue mixture, then cover the area with small pieces of tissue paper. Use a variety of colored paper to cover the entire jar with two or three layers of tissue paper. Coat the finished jar with thinned glue to seal.
Glitter and Sugar Ornament- A fun and easy way to make lots of pretty ornaments to decorate your Christmas Tree. A sample craft from Kathy Ross' book: The Best Holiday Crafts Ever!, page 144 & 145.
lds.about.com- Nativity Cards
Go Fish game using pictures from the nativity including the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the angel, shepherds, wise-men, and more. The object of the game is to get the most sets of four to win. More directions are at website. Open and print the pdf files either the two part color files or the b/w file. There are 8 different sets (four cards each) for a total of 32 nativity cards. If you have a large family/group print two sets and combine.
Shepherd’s Visit (maze)- Bible Story Puzzles by Linda Standke page 21.
Jesus’ Birth (connect the pictures that go together)- Bible Story Puzzles by Linda Standke page 20.
A Bed of Straw (dot-to-dot)- Dot-To-Dot Bible Pictures by Linda Standke, page 16.
A Star Led Them (dot-to-dot)- Dot-To-Dot Bible Pictures by Linda Standke, page 17.
Magi Visit (dot-to-dot)- Bible Story Puzzles by Linda Standke, page 22.
Escape to Egypt (cut the pictures and glue together on another sheet of paper)- Bible Story Puzzles by Linda Standke, page 23.
Shepherds Find the Savior (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word PK-K by Linda Standke, page 18.
The Magi Seek Jesus (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word PK-K by Linda Standke, page 19.
The Savior Is Born (dot to dot) page 80, Baby Jesus (circle hidden letters) page 81, Jesus’ Birth (connect the pictures) page 82, Baby Jesus Is Born (maze) page 83, A Bed of Straw (dot-to-dot) page 84, Shepherds Visit (maze ) page 85, Shepherds Find the Savior (hidden picture) page 86, Magi Visit (dot-to-to) page 87, The Magi Seek Jesus (hidden picture) page 88, A Star Led Them (dot-to-dot) page 89, Escape to Egypt (cut the pictures and glue together on another sheet of paper - puzzle) page 90- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK-K
An Angel Tells Good News- Connect the dots in the picture to see who brought Mary good news. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 9).
Joseph Cares for Mary- In the space draw a picture of what the angel told Joseph in his dream. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 10).
A Trip to Bethlehem- Look at the two pictures. The second picture has 6 missing parts. Circle the missing parts. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 12).
Angels Tell Shepherds the Good News- Match the angels. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 13).
Wise Men Visit Jesus- Find the matching pictures and draw lines to them. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 14).
Go to Egypt- Help Joseph take Mary and Jesus to Egypt (maze). (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 15).
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