As we approach the most wonderful time of the year, when the air is filled with joy and anticipation, it is crucial for us as Christians to refocus our hearts and the hearts of our little ones on the essence of the Christmas season. Amidst the glittering decorations and exchange of presents, let us not forget the remarkable story that lies at the heart of it all—the birth of Jesus Christ, our Savior.
In this blog post, we share resources for children that will share the Christmas story, and equip our young ones them with engaging Bible lessons and activities that will deepen their understanding of this sacred season.
Handprint Manger Craft For Kids
This handprint manger is one of my favorite Christmas activities for very young children because all you need is the free printable, some construction paper and glue. No paint necessary to pull together this special craft of baby Jesus in the manger.
When it comes to sharing the good news of Jesus’ birth with young children during the Christmas season, we have an incredible opportunity to unveil the best gift ever given to humanity. Jesus’ birth is not just a historical event; it holds profound significance for our lives today. As parents and educators, we can approach this topic with a sense of wonder and excitement, emphasizing that Jesus’ arrival is the greatest gift of all time. By highlighting the special gift God gave to us through His son, we can ignite a sense of great joy and anticipation in their hearts.
Using this handprint manger craft from Simple Everyday Mom we can guide our children to grasp the true essence of Christmas, showing them that Jesus’ birth is not only a remarkable event but also a personal invitation to experience His love and grace in their own lives.
Easy Nativity Craft For Kids
Another great activity for little ones, this nativity craft is very simple and as a bonus will have your children working on their fine motor skills and scissor skills.
One easy way to engage children and teach about the true meaning of Christmas is by using a nativity scene, which brings the story to life visually. This free printable nativity scene from Saving Dollars & Sense is perfect for that.
Begin by introducing each character, from Mary and Joseph to the shepherds and wise men, emphasizing their roles in the miraculous event. Utilize God’s Word by reading passages from the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth, highlighting the angel of the Lord’s messages and the prophecies fulfilled. Encourage your children to ask questions and actively participate in the storytelling process, allowing them to develop a personal connection to the nativity story. Ultimately, let them understand that the true reason we celebrate Christmas is to honor the birth of Christ, the Savior who brings hope, joy, and eternal love to all mankind.
Using Candy Canes To Teach The Christmas Story
A great Christmas object lesson for both older children and younger children alike is using a candy cane to remember what we are truly celebrating during the holiday season.
Mommy Snippets has provide a free download of the candy cane poem on their website that you can print out and use with your children.
Candy canes are seen so frequently during Christmas time so this is a wonderful object lesson that will have your child constantly being drawn back to Christ during this special time of year. In addition to using the candy canes to remember the true meaning of Christmas you can also tie in Bible verses and children’s Christmas songs that will bring the story to life.
Christmas Bible Study Using Felt
I cannot get over the sheer adorableness of this Christmas activity. Honestly, it might be the one I am looking forward to the most this year. Felt finger puppets of the main characters in the nativity scene.
One powerful way to help children relate to and remember the real meaning of Christmas is through a Christmas play where they act out the nativity scene. These felt finger puppets from Sustain My Craft Habits are a perfect way to let children act out the story of Jesus’ birth again and again.
By actively participating in the portrayal of the Bible story, children not only gain a deeper understanding but also form a personal connection to the events surrounding Jesus’ humble beginnings. As they take on the roles of Mary, Joseph, shepherds, or wise men, they can envision themselves as part of the miraculous story, stepping into the shoes of those who witnessed the arrival of the Son of God. This hands-on experience allows them to grasp the significance of the even greater gift given to us on that Christmas day.
As they embody the characters and retell the tale, the real meaning of Christmas becomes more than just a distant concept—it becomes a vibrant reality that they can carry in their hearts and share with the whole world.
Celebrating Through Music
Christian songs that celebrate the true meaning of Christmas offer children a beautiful and powerful way to connect with the story of Jesus’ birth and its significance. These songs provide a multi-sensory experience, combining music, lyrics, and emotions to create a lasting impact. As children sing these songs, they engage not only their vocal cords but also their hearts and minds, reinforcing the messages and truths found in the lyrics. Through the melodies and words, children can internalize the story of Christmas, understanding that Jesus is the central figure, the long-awaited Savior who came to bring hope, love, and redemption to the world.
Christian songs also foster a sense of joy and celebration during the Christmas season. As children participate in group singing, whether at church, school, or home, they experience a sense of unity and belonging. These songs create an atmosphere of worship and praise, allowing children to express their gratitude and awe for the gift of Jesus. Moreover, the repetitive nature of many songs aids in memorization, helping children remember key aspects of the Christmas story long after the holiday season has passed.
Christmas Memory Verse For Children
These verses do a wonderful job of capturing the essence of the Christmas story and can serve as a foundation for children to understand and remember the true meaning of Christmas.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.” – Isaiah 9:6
“She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.” – Matthew 1:21
“And the angel said to them, ‘Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.'” – Luke 2:10
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” – Luke 2:14
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” – John 1:14
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” – Luke 2:11
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” – 2 Corinthians 9:15
“And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger.” – Luke 2:7
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” – Isaiah 9:2
“And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!'” – Luke 2:13-14
Free Christmas Sunday School Lessons
I hope that you feel inspired and motivated to use these lessons and crafts to share the true meaning of Christmas with your children. I pray that you have a wonderful Christmas season. Merry Christmas!