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Online story > The Annunciation
Bell Angel Craft
(and other angel crafts)
Holidays and Events
*March 25th > Feast of the Annunciation
*May > Month of Mary & Mother's
The biblical story of The
Annunciation is one that is very appropriate for Mother's
Day, May: Mary's Month, and for March 25th- Feast of the
Annunciation or anytime of the year.
The event of The Annunciation is a major turning point and
relevant to Christians. In the Old Testament God made a
covenant with the children of Israel. In the New Testament we
read about the "New" covenant God brings to all
people. The new covenant, or promise, is about Jesus:
His birth, life, death and resurrection, and how He brings hope to
people all over the world.
For Christians, the event of the The Annunciation is the
beginning of that promise fulfilled when Angel Gabriel announces to
Mary that she will bear a child and that He will be the Son of God.
Suggestions for discussion:
It is obviously difficult to explain all the above to young
children under the age of six, but it is indeed wonderful to share
the story in a way that will be memorable to them and that imparts a
few important messages that they can understand.
**Suggestion 1: We can tell young children that God promised to send
Jesus to teach us above all to love one another and that Mary was
chosen among all women to be his mother.
**Suggestion #2 Mary's reaction and response to this annunciation from
God are also very important and send an important message to
children about love, faith and obedience. These can also be
topics of discussion when presenting the story.
**Suggestion #3: We can also discuss how God would send angels
to tell people important messages, in this case it is Angel Gabriel
that is the messenger.
Activity #1 Read
and Discuss The Annunciation
In the link provided is a simple adaptation of The Annunciation for
young children 3+ and older. For your convenience, here is
also a link to the Bible text - Luke
1:26-38. The text on screen is from the New
International Version (NIV) which is the first one listed at the top
of the screen. You can choose the Bible version and language
of your choice in the menu provided there. Read or adapt the text for the children.
Activity #2 Art Appreciation: The Annunciation
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.
At the bottom of the story are three links to view the most
famous and beloved images of The Annunciation by Da Vinci, Boticelli
and Grünewald. 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 read the story of The Annunciation. These paintings are
hundreds of years old and people around the world go to museums to
admire their beauty and these paintings continue to tell the
story of this important event.
Activity #3: Coloring Page Activity
Tell children they can also create their own painting of The
Annunciation with two coloring pages - links are in the
materials column and at the bottom of online story page. There are two different
images for children to color. One image is large and young
children will enjoy coloring and decorating it. Provide a
variety of painting or coloring materials. The other has a
smaller image and the text of the Bible story that you can save and can be
read again and again.
Activity #4: Angel Crafts (2 choices)
There are a number Angel crafts that children will enjoy doing for
this activity that will remind them of Angel Gabriel and God's
announcement to Mary:
Bell Angel Craft:
(illustration on the left) This is an easy angel that also
incorporates the beauty of music and the sound of bells.
These are at DLTK and here are my favorites for this
particular biblical story:
For Children 2+ and younger: Shape
Angel: This is a craft that children age 2+ They will practice shapes in a delightful
way. Follow the easy directions on the link.
For Children 3+ and older:
Coloring Book or Angel Hand Puppet
If you have a large group of children or the children really enjoy
coloring and painting you may want to select an image or images to
create an angel theme coloring book.
Many of these images can also be cut around to make a hand puppet if printed on sturdy card paper or glued to card
board and then add a craft stick. This activity can be done
first and the children then can hold their "Angel Gabriel"
during the reading of the story.
Alphabet Activities: A
is Angel (long a sound)
Have a blessed and Happy Mother's Day!
A is for Angel
J is for Jesus
*circle of construction paper
*triangle of *construction paper
*OPTIONAL: glitter glue, sequins or
Coloring Book or Angel Hand Puppet