Christmas is over. The gifts are opened. Toys have been played with; some of them may even be broken already. As a child I always was a bit depressed after Christmas was over. Life just seemed so ordinary with all the excitement and anticipation ended. Your kids may be feeling the same thing. This is a great time to talk through the story of the wise men visiting Jesus as a family and remind your kids how great it is that we get to worship Jesus all year long.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Wise men from the East came to visit Jesus in Bethlehem. They followed the star to Jerusalem asking, “Where is the one who has been born the King of the Jews?” King Herod called together the religious leaders who told him that the Messiah was to be born in Bethlehem. Herod sent the visitors to Bethlehem to search for the child and asked them to return to him once they had found the baby. The wise men found Jesus in Bethlehem and worshipped him and gave him special gifts. They did not go back to Herod because an angel warned them in a dream to return home another way.
Where’s It Found?
Matthew 2: 1-12
Wise men worship Jesus.
“For God loved the world so much that He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Here’s a simple song to help your little one (and you) memorize this month’s memory verse!
3 Fun Family Activities to Remind Us of the Wisemen’s Visit to Jesus
1. Gift to Jesus Ornament
The wise men went in search of a king, bringing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh- very expensive, valuable things. Make a gift to Jesus by using the bottom of a small box and grab some glue, ribbon and foil. Help your child glue the ribbon onto the box so it can hang vertically on the Christmas tree. Cut out a small square of foil that will fit inside the box. Let your child place the foil in the box and hang the gift on the tree. When your child looks inside the box, he will see a reflection of himself. So when you look inside the box, you can see your gift to Jesus is You! Have your child hang the gift on the tree. Here’s some questions to talk about it afterwards.
- What kind of king do you think the wise men were expecting?
- What do kings normally look like? (Crowns, thrones, or robes)
- How was Jesus different and was he still a king?
- What kind of gifts can we give Jesus?
- What are some ways we can worship Him?
2. Scavenger Hunt to the North Star
Hit the road to your own back yard! On a night that is clear take your family outside to look at the stars. Before you head outside, go on a scavenger hunt to find the supplies (blanket and hot chocolate) you’ll need or just clues that lead your child outside. You can make this as simple or elaborate as you like. Cut out four to five stars and on them write clues that leads him around the house and then outside. Once outside, if you can, locate the North Star. Talk about how your child followed stars to get somewhere just as people long ago traveled and used the stars since there were no maps. Lastly, retell the journey of the wise men.
3. Follow the Light…
Dim the lights in a room and turn on a flashlight to represent the star that the wise men followed. Shine the flashlight on the floor, have your child walk over and stand on the light, then move it to another place and have him crawl to the light. Continue moving the light around the room and having your child follow the light by hopping, crawling or any other movement.
Dear God, Your plans are so amazing! Even though Jesus did not look like a king, we know He is the ruler of this whole world and that He must love us so much to have come to earth the way He did. Show us how we can worship Christ in everything we do. Amen
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