During December, kids can prepare for this preschool Christmas play and present it to parents at Christmastime.
At the first of December, involve children in decorating the classroom. Kids can make and hang several glitter stars and one large star from the ceiling. Children can paint cardboard figures of Mary and Joseph. A decorated box can serve as the manger with a baby doll as Jesus. You’ll also need to designate or draw three doors around the room. Place the nativity scene by the third door.
Kids can also help make their costumes. They’ll each need a jingle-bells-on-yarn necklace and an angel headband. Make headbands out of silver garland stapled onto a paper strip. You can wear a bathrobe as a costume.
Teach children the following songs and program before you invite parents to watch.
Teacher: We’re going on a special Christmas journey.
(Children enter the room and sing to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”:)
A long, long time ago An angel came to say, “Mary, Mary, Mary, Mary, You will have a babe.”
Teacher: (knocks on the first door) Any room here? Children: No room here.
(Children walk to the second door and sing to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”:)
Mary went to Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Bethlehem,
Mary went to Bethlehem,
Riding on a donkey.
Joseph went to Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Bethlehem,
Joesph went to Bethlehem,
With his wife Mary.
Teacher: (knocks on the second door) Any room here? Children: No room here.
(Children walk to the last door and sing to the tune of “London Bridge”:)
Can we come inside your inn?
Come inside, come inside?
Can we come inside your inn
To rest our tired feet?
(Teacher opens the last door)
Children: There’s room here. Come on in! (Children ring jingle-bell necklaces and sing to the tune of “Are You Sleeping?”:)
Bells are ringing, children singing,
Jesus is born. Jesus is born.
Happy Birthday, Jesus. Happy birthday, Jesus.
We love you. We love you.
Conclude with everyone singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Then serve punch and a birthday cake for Jesus.
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin