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Epic Events of the Bible > The
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Ages: 3 to 6 Level: Preschool and
Kindergarten, VBS, Sunday school
The following set of activities are to
engage children in celebrating Christmas.
The craft focuses on the Nativity:
the birth of Jesus Christ and His mother the Virgin Mary. The
craft and activities can also be adapted to a Mother's Day and May
is the Month of Mary theme
The printable craft is easy for the youngest children and it mostly incorporates
easy shapes (circles and ovals). The eight point star can be
replaced by a basic five-point star. A song, or a Children's
Bible book reading relevant to this event is also a wonderful way for children to remember the meaning of the Nativity.
Use the craft as an ornament or gift.
Note: If the activity is being presented as a theme of winter
holidays around the world here is basic information to
prepare a description and introduction:
Activity #1: Bible
Activity - Read the Story of the Nativity
Read the story of the Nativity
from your choice of toddler or preschool Bible story book.
is bible text Luke
2: 1-20 (at the top you can choose a different Bible
version). Discuss at your discretion.
King James Version > Text
The Birth of Jesus
And it came to pass
in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that
all the world should be taxed.
(And this taxing
was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
And all went to be
taxed, every one into his own city.
And 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:)
To be taxed with
Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was,
that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she
should be delivered.
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.
And there were
shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their
flocks at night. 9
An angel of
the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around
them, and they were terrified. 10
But the angel
said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great
joy that will be for all the people. 11
Today in the town
of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12
This will be a sign to you: You
will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
The Shepherds and the Angels
Suddenly a great
company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God
"Glory to God
in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor
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."
So they hurried
off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the
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
returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had
heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Activity Craft: Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus Craft - Ages 2.5+ (with
Note: Play some holiday music while children are doing the craft
-- links below.
Printing and assembly options:
The craft is available in color or black
line format to color and decorate. Print your choices
in the materials column. Ideally, print on sturdy paper (card stock).
Assembling the craft:
1. Template #1 has a step by step process of assembly to
help children to "read" illustrated directions.
The templates also have dots to help align the templates as
they are layered.
2. Basic Skills: Counting and Shapes
Practice counting the
pieces and consider printing the numbers in the back of the template
pieces in order of assembly (place face down). Ask children to
identify the printed numbers and basic shapes (circles and
3. Coloring format suggestions: Discuss a color scheme for
the black and white format with the children. Make a small
color-by-the-number graph. This color scheme could match colors
related to your country, province, state, heritage or holiday traditions.
Suggestion: The black and white format can also be traced unto
craft paper, remnants of wrapping paper, wall paper, or foam sheets
and then assembled. Glitter or sequins are also a nice touch.
Activity #3: Art Appreciation: The Nativity
*This activity can be conducted before or after conducting the craft
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 of the events the of the Nativity.
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.
Maestā: The Birth of Christ
Cranach the Elder. The Birth of Christ
Lotto. The Nativity
Activity #4: Christmas Songs
Choose a song that relates to events of the Nativity. Sing
together and record. These recordings can be saved and heard
again during other Christmas holidays. These recordings are also
a wonderful gift to a relative with a picture of child holding the
Child is This?
Little Town of Bethlehem
in the Manger
Activity #4: Online Coloring Page
Activity: The Birth of Jesus
coloring page activity can be done as a supplementary
activity to review and reinforce the activities.
Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus Craft
Illustration only templates below
Black & White
Alphabet lesson plan:
J is for Jesus
Bible coloring pages
*regular or crafting papers
*materials to color with