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Bible Adventure - Birth of Jesus

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 kind.

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 the manger.

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, Walter Norvell

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