We hope you had a very Merry Christmas! This week there is one version of the Kids Kit that can be use with both preschool and elementary kids, including those with special needs. On the Discussion Guide you will find this week's Scripture and a devotional along with simple questions to help you talk to your kids about this true story and what we can learn from it. The Activity Guide and additional activities listed below offer fun, hands-on ways to help reinforce what you learned from story throughout the week. Enjoy!
Use these activities to keep talking about and applying what you learned this weekend throughout the week.
Read Matthew 2:1-12. Take turns going around the table and sharing your favorite part of the Christmas story. Tradition tells us that the wise men were more than likely not there when Jesus was born because they had to travel such a long way. They probably arrived when Jesus was a toddler. The gifts that the wise men brought were gifts worthy of a king. If you were a wise man, what gift would you have brought Jesus? Take some time as a family to worship who Jesus is by praying, singing, or sharing your favorite thing about Him.
Sometime this week, drive around looking at Christmas lights while listening to Christmas carols. Can you imagine if all the electricity in your city went out and it was completely dark and quiet for months? That’s kind of what the world was like before Jesus. Then talk about how you would feel if you were in that dark, quiet city but suddenly everything just lit up and music started playing. That’s what it was like when Jesus came because He is the light of the world! Talk about how Jesus is the light of the world and the perfect king, then brainstorm ways you can share that truth with friends who may not know Him.
Even though Jesus was a child when the wise men met Him, they knew that He would grow up to be the Rescuer of Israel. The Bible tells us that one day Jesus will return, defeat Satan, make all things new, and be the perfect King forever. Pray and thank Jesus that He is our hope and that we can trust Him even while we wait for Him to come back again
Even though the wise men that came to visit Jesus were more than likely wealthy rulers themselves, they knew that Jesus was an even greater king that had been long promised. Grab some construction paper and craft supplies and make your own crowns! You can decorate them with crayons, markers, jewels, feathers, macaroni, etc. These crowns can serve as a reminder of the wise men and the gifts that they brought, but most importantly, they can serve as a reminder that Jesus is our perfect King.
Thank you, Jesus, for being our perfect king. Thank you for loving us so much that you chose to come to earth, live a perfect life, die for our sins on a cross, and defeat death by coming back to life. We praise you for being God's greatest gift and the only way we can be rescued from our sin.