l. Point of View-(Supplies:
Bible.)Say: Look around this room. What do you see? If you
were a tiny baby lying in on the floor, what would you see?
Say: Listen as I tell the Christmas story. Think about
what baby Jesus may've seen on that first Christmas. This story is
from the Book of Luke in the Bible.
Read aloud Luke 2:1-20.
2. Just Like Jesus-Form groups of four with
children of different ages in each group. Have each group select
four things from the Christmas story that baby Jesus may've seen.
Have them be prepared to act how they think baby Jesus may've
reacted to the things they selected.
3. I See-Have children lie in pretend mangers.
If possible, dim the lights to pretend it's nighttime.
Name things that Baby Jesus may've seen. If children selected
one of these things as their item, have them act how Jesus may've
reacted to that thing. Read these things: his mother, swaddling
cloths, a manger, hay, shepherds, sheep, angels, a cow, a donkey,
other animals, a barn, and a star.
Form three age-specific groups and have children join their
teacher for that age group. Have teachers follow the instructions
for their age group.
4. Snack-Bring all the kids together to prepare the snack. Sing
Christmas carols as the snack bakes. Then finish the snack and
You'll need: Paper baking cups, shredded wheat
biscuits, dried apricots cut in thin round circles, apples cut into
thin wedges, canned biscuit dough, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
Directions: Place the apple wedge "body" and apricot
"head" on a flattened biscuit with a dash of cinnamon and brown
sugar. Wrap the biscuit dough around the apple wedge with part of
the apricot showing like a baby's head. Bake as directed on the
Crumble part of the shredded wheat biscuit into a baking cup to
represent the straw in the manger. Place the baked treat on the
shredded wheat and serve.
Judy Williamson is a director of children's ministries in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.