All too often we as adults lose the wonder of the Christmas story in the midst of its familiarity. It really is an amazing, awe-inspiring, true story! An angel – yes, big, frightening, heavenly being – came and talked to Mary. He told her she was going to have a baby, and she was still a virgin. This baby would be God’s Son, the long-awaited Messiah, sent to save the people from their sins. That is a story worth taking time to marvel about and to worship our God because it is true. Experience the wonder of the story through the eyes of your preschooler this week as you reinforce this story through these activities.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Mary was chosen by God for a very special job. She was given this message by the angel, Gabriel, who came to her one day and told her she would have a baby and His name would be Jesus. He would be a very special gift to the world—He would be the Son of God. Mary was frightened, but the angel told her not to be afraid. God was pleased with her and would take care of her. Mary chose to be obedient to God’s plan and trust in Him. She said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” After Mary thought about these things for a while, she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth and tell her the good news. Luke 1:26‐38
- Jesus is God’s son.
- Jesus is a gift from God.
“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 child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us God keeps His promises
1. Make a Christmas Angel
Make a Christmas Angel…take a coffee filter and fold it in half so that it looks like a dress with ruffles. Take a white piece of paper, cut out a circle, and glue it to the point of the coffee filter so that it is the angel’s head. Use pipe cleaners, wire, or even string to fasten a halo to the angel. Then, have your child color or decorate the angel any way they like, even gluing yarn for hair or fastening wings to the angel.
2. Mary and the Angel
Reread and retell the story with your child a few times until he understands what happened and what the angel told Mary. Then, have your child act out the story using a couple of stuffed animals or baby dolls. Before he retells the story, help him create a halo for the angel and a robe for Mary. Using a long length of aluminum foil, scrunch it together so it looks like a rope then pinch it together to form a circle for the halo. Next, cut a long rectangle out of some scrap fabric. In the center of the rectangle, cut a circle that will fit over the head of the stuffed animal. Put the rectangle over the stuffed animal and tie a piece of yarn around the waist. Once the stuffed animals are ready, retell the story. After acting out the story, ask your child these questions:
- What was the last thing Mary said to the angel in the story?
- Mary had an obedient heart when the angel told her what God wanted her to do. What does God ask you to do today, and how can you be obedient like Mary?
- What does it mean “nothing is impossible with God”? What are some “impossible” things that God has done?
3. Angel Breakfast
Surprise your child with an angel for breakfast. Using a frozen waffle, mini pancake and some syrup you can create an angel. Toast the waffle and pancake, then cut a large triangle out of the waffle. On a plate arrange the triangle as the body, the mini pancake as the head and the left over sides of the waffle as the wings. Add a couple of raisins for the eyes and drizzle the whole angel with syrup and powdered sugar.
Dear God, thank you for your wonderful gift of Jesus! We know you sent Him to take away our sins because you love us so much. Help us to love others
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