Three Activities for Preschool Families: Shepherds

I love getting to think about the Christmas story through the eyes of a child. They are much more appropriately awed by the amazing facts of the story: the appearance of angels, shepherds who leave their sheep to find the baby in a manger, God come to rescue humans from sin. The wonderful thing is that this is not a fairytale – it is true! As you do these activities this week with your kids, remind yourself of the wonder of the story and worship Him because it is true.

HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…

This week your child learned there were shepherds in a field watching their sheep the night Jesus was born. They were the first to hear the good news when an angel appeared to them to tell them the wonderful news that Jesus had been born. At first, they were afraid, but then many angels appeared and sang, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace to all men on whom His favor rests.” When the angels disappeared, the shepherds hurried into Bethlehem to see the baby lying in a manger. After they met Jesus, they weren’t quiet. They told many people the good news that God had kept His promise. The one who would save us from our sins had arrived! (Luke 2:8-20)

Teaching Truths:

  1. Jesus is God's son.
  2. God always keeps His promises.

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. ” John 3:16 (NLT)

3 Activities that Help Us Learn That Jesus is God's Son and God Always Keeps His Promises:

1. An Angel & a Shepherd

Grab two large craft sticks to make an angel and a shepherd. Help your child cut out two triangles and two circles for faces from different colored construction paper. Glue the triangles to the craft sticks leaving room at the bottom of the craft stick so your child can hold it. Have him add eyes, nose & mouth with a marker or crayon to the circle and glue them each to the top of the craft sticks. For the angel, grab a silver or fun colored cupcake liner, fold it in half and glue it to the back of the craft stick for the angel’s wings. Cut a pipe cleaner in half and make an oval slightly smaller than the circle. Place the oval on top of the circle as the halo. For the shepherd, use the other half of the pipe cleaner, make it into a staff and then tape the staff to the triangle. Retell the story of when the angel visited the shepherd and have your child act out the story using the angel and shepherd that he made.

2. Find the Baby

Take a baby doll, or something that can represent Jesus, and hide it in your house. Gather everyone together and proclaim, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Then, have everyone go and look for him. Whoever finds him must go and tell all the others that they found him…not in a bragging way, but in the way the shepherds went and told everyone about Jesus.

3. Nativity Scene at Snack Time

During snack time, help your child create the shepherds, sheep, angels and baby Jesus. For the shepherds use gingerbread boys and mini candy canes, use peanut butter or icing and help your child attach the candy cane to the gingerbread boy. For the sheep use a large marshmallow, mini marshmallow and stick pretzels. Use the large marshmallow as the body and stick the pretzels into the marshmallow for the legs. Attach the mini marshmallow to the large marshmallow with another stick pretzel for the head. For the angel, turn a cone shaped ice-cream cone upside down so the point is up. Attach a cookie such as a vanilla wafer to the front top of the cone with peanut butter or something else sticky for the face. For the wings, attach two pretzel twists to the back of the cone with peanut butter. Last, help your child create a manger and baby Jesus. Grab a small bowl and tear apart a few squares of shredded wheat to be the hay for baby Jesus. Lay a teddy graham into the hay for baby Jesus. Using the items your child made, act out the story.As your child eats his snack, talk with your child about the shepherds by using these questions:

1. Were the shepherds afraid?

2. What did the angels say?

3. What did the shepherds do after the angels appeared?

4. What did the shepherds do after they saw baby Jesus?

5. How can we be like the shepherds?


Father we pray that as we are in 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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