Thanksgiving is over, and we are all starting to get into the mood for Christmas. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE Christmas! I love the lights and the music and the decorations, but most of all I love the anticipation. Some of that is a holdover from when I was a child and I got really excited anticipating all the presents on Christmas morning. Now, I still anticipate the fun of Christmas day, but I also enjoy the spiritual side of the expectation as well. “Come, thou long expected Jesus!” Christmas is a big deal because God came to earth in the form of a human baby. The nation of Israel spent a long time anticipating the arrival of their Messiah. The story of Isaiah and the activities below give you a great opportunity to teach your preschoolers the truth of the Christmas story and the real reason to be excited about Christmas time!
This week your child learned that God sent prophets—many of them! Prophets were special messengers who told the people what God said. One of these prophets was named Isaiah. As a prophet, it was Isaiah’s job to listen to God then tell the people what God told him to say. God’s message is one of hope, and the story of Isaiah focuses on the coming Messiah, the Savior God promised. Isaiah told people over and over again about the Savior God promised. He told them what God said, but they would not listen. They did not believe Isaiah...or any of the prophets. They did not believe God at all. Do you? (Isaiah 9, 11, 40, 53, 55 & 60; Psalm 23, 51 & 2 Samuel 7)
"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
Find a simple recipe for making cookies or a fun dessert. Have your child help you make the food by following the recipe. As you are making the dessert, talk to your child about how you are following the steps in the recipe plan. God always has a plan, and we need to listen to and obey His plan. As you are eating your dessert, read the story of Isaiah’s call from Isaiah 6:1-8 and ask these questions.
1. Did Isaiah have to listen and obey?
2. What message was Isaiah sharing?
3. How can we be like Isaiah? What message can we share?
Take your little one outside and whisper a short saying in your child’s ear such as, “God loves me and you, too.” Then have him yell that saying as loud as he can. Show him how to make his hands into a megaphone to make his voice even louder. Just as Isaiah told people about God, your child can do the same. Continue with other short sayings such as “God has a plan to save us” or “God keeps His promises.”
Tell your child that the Good News that Isaiah was preaching was like a light to the dark world, so you and your child are going to make a candle or torch. Give your child a long cardboard tube and allow him to decorate with crayons or markers. Using a piece of red, orange and yellow tissue paper, put them in one end of the tube as flames. Talk about how God’s plan to rescue the world from sin was a light to the world - Jesus.
Pray a short, simple prayer thanking God that He always keeps His promises.
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