Three Activities for Preschool Families: An Angel Visits Mary

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 the Weekend…

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

Teaching Truths:

  1. We can trust God no matter what happens.
  2. Jesus is God's plan to rescue the world from sin.

Memory Verses

"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. ” John3:16 (NLT)

3 Activities that Help Us Learn That We Can Trust God No Matter What Happens and Jesus is God's Plan to Rescue the World From Sin:

1. Christmas Angel

Take a coffee filter and fold it in half and half again 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. Retelling Mary & 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, talk with your child by asking these questions:

1. What was the last thing Mary said to the angel in the story?

2. Mary had a trusting heart when the angel told her what God wanted her to do. What does God ask you to do today, and how can you trust God like Mary?

3. What does it mean “nothing is impossible with God”? What are some “impossible” things that God has done?

3. An Angel at 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 leftover 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.

Pray

Father we pray that as we enter the Advent season that you would teach us and change our hearts to love you more. Help us to put your Word on our hearts and share it with those around us!

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