Bible Activity: Our Gifts-Show children an empty
manger. *Say: A manger is a food dish for cows. But for
baby Jesus, it was a bed. Jesus came to earth to help us be
Have kids each place some straw in the manger as they tell about a
time they were kind to someone. Afterward, place a small doll in
Paraphrase the story from Luke 2:1-20.
Craft: My Manger-Give each child an envelope with the
flap cut off, Play-Doh and a small gingerbread cookie cutter. Help
them each cut out a Play-Doh figure. Give kids crayons to color
their envelopes. Fold and tape each lower envelope corner so it
lies flat on the bottom fold of the envelope. This will enable the
envelope to stand up as a "manger". Give children each a
shredded-wheat biscuit to break up into their manger for straw.
Have children place their figure on top of their straw.
Snack: You'll need: Have children each bring several
apples or oranges. Have sliced fruit and punch on hand.
Directions: Gather all your classes together and have
children bring their unsliced fruit. Lay a sheet on the floor and
use yarn to make a tree outline on the sheet. Have children work
together to create a Christmas fruit tree within the outline.
Afterward, serve kids sliced fruit and punch. Take an aerial photo
of kids with the tree and sing Christmas carols. Then have kids
gather all the fruit and make fruit baskets for needy families.
This lesson was created for Grades PRESCHOOL-KINDERGARTEN.
Contributors: Nancy Paulson, Cindy Newell, Heather Ward,
Copyright© 1992 Group Publishing, Inc. / Children's Ministry