Christmas Insight: Teaching preschoolers that
Jesus was a real baby.
Preschoolers need to understand that Jesus was a real person
born as a real baby. Nativity scenes are good, but a doll in a
manger isn’t enough.
Every Christmas, I bring in the youngest baby boy in our church.
If the mother wants to, she comes along, too. We have our
preschoolers sit in a circle. The mother either holds the baby or
we lay him on a blanket in the center of the circle.
I say, “Jesus was a real baby. Do you have a baby at your house?
Are you going to have a baby at your house soon? What do babies do?
Do you think Jesus ever messed his diaper? cried because he was
hungry? got a diaper rash? How do you think Jesus felt when he was
I ask many other questions to help children see that Jesus was a
real baby-just like them. If the children are healthy and the
mother agrees, I also let them hold the baby and touch him.
Preschoolers love to hold a baby’s tiny hand.