Introductory Activity – Sand Writing
- Shallow boxes or deep trays with a thin layer of sand (one per team), Christmas words written on cards, craft sticks (optional)
Group kids into teams. Guide teams to stand around the sand trays. Call on a player from each team to come to you. Show the players a word. On your signal, the players move to the sand trays and write the words in the sand. (Players cannot make any sounds or say any words.) The rest of the team should try to guess the word that the player is spelling. When the word is guessed, award that team a point. Choose another player to spell a different word. Tell kids they will hear more about the Christmas story from the Bible today.
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Game – Run For It
- Signs with true and false (You may want to make multiples of each one.)
Tape the signs at different ends of the game area. Or space them around the room for multiple signs. Ask a true/false question about the Bible story. Example: “Mary went to see her brother Judah.” Kids should run to the correct sign (false). Guide kids to move to the middle of the room before you make another true/false statement. After you have reviewed the story, make true/false statements about Bible stories from previous weeks (Prophets Told About Jesus and Angels Spoke to Mary and Joseph.)
Craft – Verse Flag
- Paper cut into pennant shapes, markers, colored tape, thin dowels
Guide kids to print the verse on the pennant shapes. A child can decorate around her verse and draw a picture on the back of the verse to remember the Bible story. Talk about the Bible story and the Life Point. When she finishes her flag, help her tape the flag onto a thin dowel.
Introductory Activity – Head Drawing
- Paper plates, markers
Distribute markers and plates to the kids, one of each. Tell kids to hold the plates flat on the tops of their heads. Say that they will be drawing on the plates on top of their heads. Tell them to follow your instructions to draw a house. Give simple steps like these:
–Draw a line to be the ground or grass.
–Draw a square for the house.
–Draw a triangle for the house roof.
–Draw a chimney on the roof.
–Draw a door on the house.
–Draw two windows on the house.
–Draw a sun above the house.
Lay the drawings on the floor and take a gallery walk, looking at all the houses. Tell kids that today they will hear another story about Mary and whose house she went to visit.
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Game – Tic-Tac-Toe Toss
- Masking tape, 10 plastic plates (5 of each of two colors)
Create a tic-tac-toe grid on the floor. Group the kids into two teams. Guide players from the teams to take turns tossing plates (like flying disks) onto the grid. When a team’s plate lands in a space on the grid, ask a review question. If the answer is correct, the plate stays in the space. If the answer is incorrect, the team must retrieve the plate. The first team to get three plates in a row on the grid wins. Say the Life Point and emphasize that while Jesus was God’s Son, He was also fully human.
Craft – Verse Reminder
- Green construction paper, white paper, scissors, markers, glue
Cut the green paper into 2-by-9-inch strips. Give each kid 4-5 paper strips. Lead them to cut strips into graduated lengths. For example, a child may have strips that measure 3 inches, 5 inches, 7 inches, and 9 inches. (Exact measurements do not matter; the strips only need to be graduated in size.) Kids can print the words of the verse on the strips; each strip can have one or several words on it. Start printing on the shortest strip and move through the strips in order of length. Then the kid can glue the shortest strip at the top of a piece of white paper. She can add the other strips in order, creating a pine tree shape or triangle shape with the strips. The kids may want to draw other details to the verse “trees” they created. Talk about the verse and how it connects to today’s story.