Friday, December 6, 2013

Gospel for the Mass: 1/5/14- Matthew 2:1-12

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Matthew 2:1-12

Activities Click on the month. Scroll down to the date for Coloring Page, Mass Worksheet, Crossword Puzzle, Word Search, etc.

Theresa at will post a link to an activity sheet that coordinates with the Catholic Mass. There will be pictures and activities each week to help little kids understand and appreciate the Mass. Most weeks, she will also highlight a Saint whose feast day falls within that week or a liturgical symbol they can watch for at Mass. Scroll down to Gospel Reflection, Discussion Questions for the Gospel, and Proclaiming Faith Activities Background on the Gospel and activities for groups and families Resources on the Sunday Readings The Three Wise Men (look under Jesus’ Early Life) with tons of resources for illustrating the story, coloring pages/activity sheets, crafts, and songs. Seeking the Savior object lesson with coloring page, group activities, puzzles, quizzes, worship bulletin The Wise Men lesson #170 with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets. Wise Men Come from the East to Worship Jesus object lesson Three Wise Men lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples). Wise Men lesson with take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, Bible Story/Song Time, etc. Click on 3 for lessons. Visit of the Magi: The Birth of Christ (Lesson 4)

The Catholic Toolbox- Wise Men
Lesson plan for 1st Grade on Up. Lesson plan consists of: Objectives, Review, Vocabulary Words, Bible Story with questions, Activities, Crafts, Games, Snacks, Puzzles/Mazes/Worksheets Lectionary, Scripture Study and Worship Links and Resources

Coloring Wise Men Worship Jesus Three Wise Men Wise Men Three Wise Men Three Wise Men with Matthew 2 The Wise Men brought gifts for Jesus.

Crafts Seeking the Savior (group activities) crafts Craft Stick Star Ornaments
An easy and pretty star craft made out of popsicle sticks, paint, craft jewels, glitter, etc. Christmas Star or a Chanukah Craft for Kids to Make
Make sparkling stars to decorate your home. Wise Men Paper Craft

Purim Treat Holder- Cute craft to represent the Wise Men. (Crafts to make in the Winter by Kathy Ross, page 58 & 59).

Three Kings Hats- Three kings made out of cone shaped party hats. (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, page 40 & 41).

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).


Introduce game: Who was searching for baby Jesus?

Wise Men Search

Need: Clothes pin to be baby Jesus.

Directions: One student is picked to be a Wise Man and steps out of the classroom. Another student is picked by the teacher to hide baby Jesus somewhere in the classroom. When baby Jesus is hidden, the Wise Man comes back into the room. He is to find baby Jesus by directions from the student that hid baby Jesus. These directions are: the star is not very bright if the Wise Man is far away, brighter if somewhat nearer, getting brighter if even closer, and VERY bright if very close. When the Wise Man finds the baby Jesus, the person that hid baby Jesus is now the Wise Man. Finding Favor (Wise Men Find Jesus)
This game will help students identify how we pursue things that are important to us. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 68 & 69).

Journey to Bethlehem- The Really Big Book of Bible Games, page 141. Seeking the Savior (group activities) games

The Catholic Toolbox- Gifts for Baby Jesus (file folder game)


The Great Bible Big Fun Activity Book: From the Old and New Testaments by Toni Lind Wise Men color by number
Follow the Dots to see what the Magi saw in the sky

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Wise Men puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from August 3 - 8). Maze Maze Maze Star (dot to dot) Missing Objects

Wise Men Visit Jesus- Look at the pictures in the circles. Find the matching picture in the larger picture. Draw lines to connect the matching pictures. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 14). Word Search Word Search Word Jumble Crossword Epiphany of the Lord (crossword puzzle) Crossword

Quizzes Multiple Choice Fill in the blanks

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