Use this Christmas lesson to help children celebrate Jesus'
1. Come to the Party!-Show children a package
wrapped in birthday gift wrap.
Ask: Has anyone had a birthday lately? Did you have a
party? What did you do?
Allow time for the children to share their party memories.
Then say: We're going to celebrate someone's birthday.
Do you know whose birthday we'll celebrate this week?
Say: That's right! We'll celebrate Jesus' birthday.
2. Happy Birthday, Jesus!-Give children each a
crepe paper streamer with a piece of tape attached to one end. Have
children decorate the table or room to make it look like a party.
Hang balloons over your table. As you decorate, talk about ways we
make birthdays special. Afterward, form a circle and have children
do the actions in parentheses as you recite this action
Say: Clap your hands. (Clap hands.) Give a shout. (Shout
"Hurray!" and throw your hands in the air.) We know what Christmas
is all about! (Point to yourself and nod.) Long ago, (Make an arc
with your right hand.) Far away, (Make an arc with your left hand.)
A little boy was born this day. (Rock arms.) Mary wrapped him,
(Pretend to wrap a blanket around a baby.) Laid him down, (Reach
down, palms up.) In a manger in Bethlehem town. (Make the peak of
the stable with your hands.) Baby Jesus, (Rock arms.) Fast asleep.
(Lay cheek on folded hands.) In a room with a cow and sheep! (Make
animal noises.) Angels sang. (Cup hands around your mouth.)
Shepherds heard. (Cup hands around your ears.) They hurried to the
stable. (Run in place.) They spread the word! (Cup hands around
your mouth.) Happy Birthday, Jesus! Happy Christmas Day! (Raise
3. A Special Gift-Bring out the package
Say: We give presents to people who have birthdays. But
on Jesus' birthday, we celebrate by giving gifts to people.
Ask: Why do we give gifts to each other? How do you think
Jesus feels about us giving gifts to each other? What gifts could
we give to Jesus that would make him happy?
Then say: On Jesus' birthday, we're the ones who get
the best gift of all-Jesus!
Sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus.
4. Party Hats-Give children plain cone-shaped
party hats made from construction paper. Have them decorate the
hats with foil stars and other Christmas stickers and seals. Have
children wear their hats as they eat their snack.
5. Snack-Food for Thought: You'll need: Plain
sugar cookies cut in a variety of Christmas shapes, ready-to-spread
icing, decorator sprinkles, and blunt knives.
Directions: Let children frost and decorate a cookie in whatever
way they wish. As they spread the icing, talk about spreading the
news of Jesus' birth. As they add the sprinkles, talk about the
joyful celebration of Christmas. Before they eat, encourage them to
exchange cookies. Talk about sharing gifts of love.
Designed for use with PRESCHOOL-KINDERGARTEN
Cindy Nelson is a 14-year-veteran of Christian education in
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