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Bible Lesson: Mary and Joseph Travel to Bethlehem

In this creative Bible lesson, kids learn about Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem for Jesus to be born.

Scripture: Luke 2:1-5

You’ll need:

  • copies of the activity page (1 per child)
  • sandpaper
  • sugar cubes (1 per child)
  • glue
  • crayons

Travel to Bethlehem

Write children’s names on their pages. Set out the sugar cubes, glue, and crayons. Cut the sandpaper into strips that will fit on the illustration of the road.


Instruct children to color Mary, Joseph, and the donkey as you talk. Tell the story of how Mary and Joseph had to travel to Jerusalem (found in Luke 2). Explain that God had a special plan for Jesus–Mary’s baby. God had a plan for Jesus to be born in Jerusalem. The only problem was that Jesus’ family lived very far away from Jerusalem!

Show children the donkey in the picture, and tell children how God used the donkey to help Mary and Joseph get to Bethlehem. The donkey helped carry Jesus’ family from their hometown to Jerusalem. Encourage children to glue a sugar cube in Joseph’s hand near the donkey’s mouth to thank the donkey for being part of God’s special plan.

Have children glue the sandpaper on the road as a reminder that God planned a path for Mary, Joseph, and the donkey to take. Remind kids that they can know that God has a special plan for each one of them. Encourage kids to show the “Mary and Joseph Travel to Bethlehem” activity page to their families as a reminder that God has special plans for everyone.

God’s Plan for You

Ask:

  • What special plans did God have for Jesus?
  • How did the donkey help make those plans happen?
  • What kinds of plans do you think God has for you?

Say: God had big plans for Jesus. He has plans for each and every one of you, too.

Pray: God, we thank you for having an important plan for every one of us. Help us obey you and your plans. In Jesus’ name, amen.

This Bible lesson was taken from Coloring Creations: 52 Creative Bible LessonsLooking for more Bible lessons? Check out these ideas!


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