Preschool: Jesus’ Manger


Fun activities to use as part of your Sunday school lesson to
help preschoolers relate to Jesus at Christmas.

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Lead children in the following finger play as you encourage them
to mimic your actions.
First my fingers touch my nose. (Touch nose.)
Then my fingers touch my toes. (Touch toes.)
Next my fingers pat my head. (Pat head.)
Or they can help me clap instead. (Clap hands.)
Now my fingers wave at you. (Wave hands.)
Hide my eyes-they’ll also do. (Cover eyes with hands.)
And now my fingers help me pray. (Fold hands.)
Thank you, God, for a lovely day! (Lead child in saying these

Bonnie Hanson
Santa Ana, California

Here’s an idea that helped my Cherub class (2- and 3-year-olds)
relate to Jesus at Christmas. We built a simple manger and let them
try it out. It helped them understand more about what Jesus’
birthday smelled and felt like.

To make a manger, spread out newspaper on the floor. Have the
kids pile hay on the newspaper (buy small bales of guinea pig hay
at a pet store). Drop dried leaves around the hay so it won’t look
so clean. I put a small bowl of compost in a room corner to add
authentic barnyard aroma. Add stuffed animals around the edges of
the hay and put a blanket in the center.

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Have children test the manger bed. Ask: What does this bed smell
like? feel like? Is it softer than your bed? What would you hear in
a barn? smell? see?
Say: Jesus loved you so much that he was willing to come from
heaven to be born in a barn. Jesus loves you very much.

(Caution: As parents drop off their children for class, check to
see if any children have allergies to hay.)

Janette Plunkett
Issaquah, Washington


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