Christmas


Celebrating the Birth of Christ
(Daily Activities to Celebrate Christmas and the Birth of Christ)

Daily Activity Guide
Other Ideas to Incorporate This Season
Additional Resources

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Daily Activity Guide

Please note: Many of these activities overlap the Joyful Heart Curriculum for 2's (December) and the Joyful Heart Bible and Rhyme Curriculum for 3's (Weeks 19 and 20).  Please be sure to check out those pages and plans as well! These activities were designed with preschoolers and early elementary children in mind, but could easily be adapted to work with older children.
Enjoy!

Day

 

1

Foretelling of the Birth of Christ

2

Angel Tells Zechariah of John's Coming Birth

  • Read Luke 1:5-25
  • Make an angel craft. Here are a few ideas...

    • Tissue Paper and Glitter Glue Angel
    • Feather on an angel
    • Foot and Handprints Angel

    • Feet and hands angel - Another version from DLTK Bible with cute poem!
    • Lollipop Angel - from DLTK Bible
    • Cone Shaped Tissue Paper Angels

      Variation 1 - More difficult. This uses a construction paper frame around the contact paper for the body.

      Variation 2 - My oldest daughter decided to use the body, made using variation 1, as the wings instead. She also added a taller halo =)

    • Another Cone Angel - from DLTK Bible
    • Spoon Angel - from DLTK Bible
    • Bell Angel - from First School
       

3

Angel Tells Mary of Jesus' Coming Birth

  • Read Luke 1:26-38
  • Make another angel craft
     

4

Mary Shares Her Good News and Joy

  • Read Luke 1:39-56
  • Read Mary's First Christmas by Walter Wangerin Jr. - chapter 1
  • Choose one of the following crafts to share the good news and joy of Jesus' coming!
    • Whisper Tube (easier)
      Cover a cardboard  paper towel roll with construction paper to create a whispering tube. Let your kids use various materials to decorate with, such as ribbons, glitter crayons, Foamie stickers and regular sticker hearts, crosses, stars, smiley faces, multicultural boy and girl faces, the name Jesus, etc. Brainstorm ideas for what we could tell other people about Jesus and the real meaning of Christmas. "What could we whisper through the tube to share with them?"  Consider whispering phrases such as 'God loves you', Bible memory verses, simple songs, etc. through the tube. 
      (Idea from: www.daniellesplace.com)

    • Joyful Tambourine (more difficult)


    • Create a different musical instrument to play and praise our Lord!

5

John the Baptist is Born

  • Read Luke 1:57-80
  • John the Baptist was born to prepare the people for who was about to come - Jesus! Matthew 3:3 states..."Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him." (In context, read Matthew 3:1-11) 
  • Cut and paint a 'Making Straight Paths' booklet. The zig zag line and black dots on the cover represent our sins and us going our own way. John taught the people to repent and turn away from their sins, preparing their hearts for Jesus.  The inside shows a straight path with the cross representing Christ and the heart representing God loving us so much that He sent His Son to save us from our sins.
     
  • Play a 'Prepare the Way' game. Ahead of time, gather all the family members clean socks. Mix them together and then spread them out on the floor. Your kids pretend to prepare the way for Jesus by getting rid of all the socks that are in the way. Children take turns finding a matching pair of socks, picking them up, and clearing the way for Jesus!

6

Angel Tells Joseph of Jesus' Coming Birth

  • Read Matthew 1:18-24
  • Read Mary's First Christmas - chapter 2
  • Draw a picture to share and/or help write the family Christmas letter.
  • OR make a Wordless Book to share the good news of Jesus with others!
     

7

Mary and Joseph Travel to Bethlehem ;
Anticipation of the Light of the World

  • Read Luke 2:1-5
  • Discuss how Mary and Joseph probably had a 4-6 day journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem (by foot, on a donkey, or by being pulled in a cart) in order to be counted in the census.  What might this have been like for Mary since she was so close to giving birth to Jesus?
  • Also read John 1:1-9, and John 8:12
  • Once it is dark outside, turn off all your lights. Have your children gather around you and tell them to go to a certain location, once without the help of a flashlight and once with a flashlight lighting the way.  We  need the light to find our way in the darkness. Compare this to God sending Jesus to be our Savior and the Light of the World.
  • Another idea to demonstrate this (from Innovative Tools for Children's Ministry from Group Publishing) is to place a cross cutout on the inside wall of a shoe box. Cut a hole in the lid and then recover it with black paper. Also cut a peep hole on the opposite end from where the cross is glued. Have the child look through the peephole to see if he/she sees anything. Then remove the black paper and shine the light of a flashlight into the box.  The cross was there the entire time, but we could not see it until we had light!
  • Make a candle, stressing that Jesus is the Light of the World! Here are some ideas...
    • Make an edible candlestick. Mix white frosting with yellow food coloring (flame). Dip the tip of a pretzel rod (candlestick) into the food coloring. Place the pretzel rod in a no bake cookie (candle holder) or just hold the end of the pretzel as you sing 'This Little Light of Mine'.
    • Make a toilet paper roll candle.
    • Decorate a baby food jar with tissue paper and place a real votive candle inside.
    • Make a simple beeswax candle

 

8

Jesus is Born!

9

Angels Tell the Shepherds of Jesus' Birth

  • Read Luke 2:8-20
  • Do a Lamb Craft.     Some suggestions...
    • Glue cotton balls onto a lamb printout.
    • Handprint Lamb

      with white fingerprints, dotted on the palm

      with white tissue paper, scrunched up


       
    • Styrofoam Lambs
  • Read The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

 

10

Shepherds Visit Jesus

  • Read The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg or The Candy Cane Story by Joy Nell.
  • Make a Candy Cane Craft.   Some ideas...

 

11

Jesus is Named and Presented in the Temple

  • Read Luke 2:21-38 and Luke 1:31-32
  • Decorate Jesus' name and hang (use confetti, glitter, small stickers, jewels, etc.)

Printable Name 'JESUS' - with verse from DLTK
Printable Name 'JESUS' - larger, but without verse

 

12

The Wise Men Follow the Star to Find Jesus

  • Read Matthew 2:1-12
  • Read Mary's First Christmas - chapter 4, 1st half only
  • Go on a treasure hunt - Write a series of clues on some star cutouts.  Each clue will lead them to the next star (and the next clue). Have the last clue state "The greatest treasure of all!" which will lead them to the baby Jesus in your nativity!   Discuss how Jesus truly is the greatest treasure and gift from our loving God.
  • Make a Star Craft.       Ideas....
    • Paint a star printable with water colors
    • Glue cut pieces of foil onto a star cutout
    • Tissue Paper Star

      Contact Paper and Tissue (easy)

      Glue and Tissue Paper (harder)

    • Snowflake Star
    • Sewn Felt Star Ornament
    • Woven Star Ornament (from The Crafty Crow)
    • Patterned Star Ornament
    • Glitter Star

 

13

Giving With Joy

  • Read Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Make a Gift.
    These are just a few, simple ideas for gifts even the younger kids can
    make...
    • Decorate a frame using sticker Foamies
    • Help with a  fleece scarf or pillow
    • Help prepare Christmas Gospel Cookies (Gift Jar Cookies)
       
      Recipe and Printable Tags
    • Decorate a flower pot
    • Hand Paint an ornament
           Cute example of a snowmen handprint ornament from Terry Maddox's K class!
    • Make a votive holder using tissue paper, watered down glue and a small glass baby food jar
    • Decorate a plastic food container and place special treats inside
    • Paint and stamp handprints onto hot pads, dish towels, a decorative pillow, etc.
    • Prepare chocolate covered pretzel rods
    • Make yummy Oreo Cookie Suckers (from howdoesshe.com)
    • Make a decorative bookmark

 

14

Giving With Joy

  • Read Three Presents for Baby Jesus by Joanne Bader or The Best Thing About Christmas by Christine Tangvald
  • Make Wrapping Paper and Bow
  • Create simple Gift Bags (idea from Family Fun)
     

 

15

Herod Becomes Angry; Jesus' Family Flees; Jesus Grows

  • Read Matthew 2:13-23; Luke 2:39-40
  • Read Mary's First Christmas - chapter 4, 2nd half
  • Sing Christmas Carols
  • Wrap gift (refer to how the paper protects the gift and how God sovereignly protected Jesus)

 

16

Why Did Jesus Come?

  • Read 1 John 4:9 and John 3:16
  • Read The Tale of the Three Trees
  • Make Christmas Cards or Gift Tags
     

17

Eternal Life in Christ

  • Read The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Rick Osborne (Discuss how the evergreen reminds us of eternal life in Christ!)
  • Make a Christmas Tree.     Here are some various ideas...
  • You may also have fun playing Roll A Christmas Tree - from Little Giraffes
     

18

Eternal Life in Christ

  • Read The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • Make Ornaments.    Ideas...
    • Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree
    • Pipe Cleaner and Bead Ornaments
    • Tri-Bead Wreath - from Craft Project Ideas
    • Hand Sewn Felt Ornaments
    • Jingle Bell Wreath
    • Tissue Paper Ornaments - from ChildFun
                                           (scroll down once there)



      (We used 2 1/2 inch Styrofoam balls, liquid starch, glitter, and 1/3 of a pipe cleaner.)
    • Shank Button -from ChildFun (scroll down once there)
    • Cinnamon and Applesauce Ornaments

      (We mixed 1 cup of applesauce and 1 cup of cinnamon, rolled it flat, and cut approximately 16 ornaments using playdough cutters. Use the tip of a thin straw to make a hole, let air dry for a few days, and then string with a ribbon in order to hang.)

19

God's Unending Love and His Great Gift to Us - Jesus!

  • Reread favorite Christmas books and sing carols
  • Make a wreath, a symbol of God's unending love.  Some ideas...
    • Tissue Paper Wreath
    • Simple Button Wreath Ornament
    • Handprint Wreath
    • Edible Wreath
    • Painted Wreaths


      Left to right: painted with a toothbrush, cotton ball, fingertips


      Toothbrush


      Cotton Ball

  • Focus on God's unending love and His great gift to us - Jesus!
    Thank God for sending Jesus.

20

Santa?
Praying and Giving to Those in Need

  • Read The Legend of St. Nicholas: A Christmas Story of Giving by  Dandi Daley Mackall, Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend by Julie Stiegemeyer, or Santa, Are You For Real? by Harold Myra.
  • Discuss who he was, how he relates to Christmas and Jesus, and why we see Santas everywhere this time of year.
  • Consider more ways to give and pray for those who are in need.
  • Make a Christmas stocking craft.

21

Baking

  • Read My Merry Christmas and the Real Reason for Christmas Joy by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • Make Christmas Cookies to Share (Angel, Trees, Stars, Candy Canes, Baby Jesus,  etc)

22

Carols

  • Read Baby Jesus Is Born by Gloris Truitt
  • Deliver cookies and sing carols.
     

23

Retell HIS Story

  • Read B is For Bethlehem by Isabel Wilner
  • Use the nativity characters to retell the Christmas story
     

24

Christmas Eve

  • Make a Birthday Cake for Jesus
  • Sing Christmas Carols
  • Read The Real Night Before Christmas by Isabel Anders or 'Twas the Night: The Nativity Story by Melody Carson
     

25

Christmas Day - Happy Birthday, Jesus!

  • Read the Christmas Story in Luke and Matthew
  • Open Presents  - You may want to wrap a special present for everyone to open first.  Place a baby Jesus figurine and a small cross in a small box. Wrap it and then place a second wrapped box around it, and then a third, etc. - one box for each member of your family to unwrap!

 

 

Other Ideas

  • Read the story of the first Christmas from Luke 2 and Matthew  Set up the tree on the first Sunday after Thanksgiving. Talk about the meaning of the star, angels, etc. and meanings behind special ornaments.
  • Memorize related Bible verses, such as Luke 2:11, Acts 9:20b, and John 3:16
  • Memorize a larger section of the Christmas story - Luke 2:1-20!  These are some resources (charts and fill in the blank review sheets) to help you and your children.
  • At dinner, read Christmas Cards that are received each day.  Pray for those that sent the card.
  • Start a new tradition in which you have family members write a note to someone every day and place it in their stocking.

 

 

Additional Resources


Christmas - Christ Centered Christmas Lesson Ideas, Crafts, and Calendar Clip Art from Christian Preschool Printables
Names of Jesus Ornaments - from biblestoryprintables.com
Christmas Around the World - printable ebook and links from Living Life Intentionally
Jesus' Birth - Links to color sheets, crafts, and lessons from MSSSCrafts
Christian Christmas Songs - from Preschool Education
Traditional Christmas Carols - from Kids' Turn Central
Advent Art - wreaths and countdown ideas from Perpetual Preschool
Christmas Coloring Pages - from Coloring.ws
Misc. Christmas Ideas - from PreK Fun
Nativity Lapbook - free printable for younger children
Reason For the Season - a free devotional from toddlerbitesblog
Some Christmas units for older kids
     A Family Inductive Bible Study Guide for Advent - from Eleanor Zweigle
     Amazing Grace by Cindy Downes
     Good Christian Men Rejoice by Karen Caroe
     Names of Jesus by Karen Caroe

 

 

 

Last Modified:10/29/13

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