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!
HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…
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)
- God had a plan to rescue the world from sin.
- God always keeps his promises.
"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
3 Activities that Help Us Learn That God Had a Plan to Save the World and Always Keeps His Promises:
1. Promise Megaphone
Grab a poster board and have your child decorate both sides with markers, crayons or poster paint. You can also add glitter or stickers. Once the decorating is complete, lay the poster board flat and start rolling from one corner. As you or your child rolls the poster board, make sure it takes the shape of a cone. Tape the edge of the poster board so that it stays in the shape of a cone. On the large opening of the megaphone, use a hole punch to make holes and tie ribbons around the outside edge. Head outside and use the megaphone to tell people about God by saying “Jesus loves you” or “God keeps His promises.”
2. Pizza Making Time
While at the grocery store, grab the ingredients for make your own pizza: premade crust, sauce, cheese and toppings. Write out simple directions such as spread sauce on crust, sprinkle cheese on sauce, and add toppings. Help your child follow the directions and make the pizza.While the pizza is cooking, talk about Isaiah using these questions.
1. What was Isaiah’s job?
2. Did Isaiah have to listen and obey?
3. What message was Isaiah sharing?
4. How can we be like Isaiah? What message can we share?
3. Good News Letters
Help your child write a letter to a friend, neighbor or family member to tell them about the good news. Using a sheet of paper write ‘Jesus Loves You’ on it and let your child decorate it around it. Seal it in an envelope and let your child decorate the outside. Deliver the good news letter in person or mail it.
Lord we thank you for the story of Isaiah! Thank you for teaching us your Truth through the Bible and for rescuing us. We pray these activities would help us to know and love you more.
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