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Christmas Manger Project

First: Use craft sticks to make a small manger.  Place the manger and a container of straw pieces in a prominent place in your home.  Second: Sing:  Away in a Manger Read:  Luke 2:4-7   Third: Ask:  What do we do to get ready for Christmas?  Point out that it is possible for us to get so busy getting everything…

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joanne

Find Manger Scene Figures

Manger scene figures are often fragile and not appropriate to use in a preschool classroom. Shop for non-breakable manger scene figures to use for a game or other activities during December. Hide manger scene figures in a box filled with shredded paper. Guide preschoolers to find the figures. After the manger scene figures are found, display the figures with a…

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Christmas Story in a Barn

Bundle the family up and head to the great outdoors after dark. Your destination could be your barn, a friends barn, your backyard shed, or your favorite summer time hiking or fishing spot. The bottom line?  Be creative! Whichever place you choose, make sure it is a quiet and peaceful setting. Things to bring: camping lantern or flashlight, thermos full…

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Birthday Cake for Breakfast…Yes please!

Christmas mornings are always crazy! Any normalcy is out the window when the first kid hops out of bed. Embrace the crazy and enjoy a birthday cake breakfast! Celebrate the one who Christmas is all about! Involve the kids in the preparation of the cake after you have returned from the Christmas Eve service. Be sure to set out the…

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Shopping for Siblings…Oh, the joy!

Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in      humility count others more significant than yourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Load up the kids and take them to the nearest dollar store. Their mission, should they choose to accept, is to use their very own…

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Merry Christmas to all my Kid’s Ministry Friends!

I kinda like Christmastime at the church.  It’s great music and the decorations are beautiful.  We get to spend time praying together for our international missionaries and letting them know we love them.  But my favorite thing is… all the stress is on the music ministry and we get a little break!  Yeah!! (Unless you’re in charge of that– sorry!)…

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Sock It to Lottie

Make sock puppets to collect offering for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Children will need one “tube” sock, markers, yarn, craft glue, googly eyes, and old costume jewelry. After each child has decorated their “sock puppet,” ask them to take the puppets home and utilize it to collect their offering for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Designate a specific Sunday…

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Manger Announcements

Create birth announcements for Jesus.  Pass out “It’s a boy” birth announcements or make your own design on a full page sheet of cardstock.  In the lower right corner, create a baby in a manger.  Draw a face on a wooden ice cream spoon.  Tear paper towels into strips and swaddle the baby by wrapping them around and around the…

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Jingle Bell String Along

Use strings from sewing cards to string together large jingle bells.  Place the bells and strings in the block area like you would with stringing beads.  DIY lacing strings: tie ribbon tightly onto a twist tie and fold the tie in half, twisting it tightly. Use tape to help the knotted ribbon lay flat. On the opposite end, create a…

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Baby Book Show and Tell

Ask parents in advance to borrow baby books or photos of the children in your class.  Keep the baby books secret and gather the class around in a circle.  Tell them you have pictures of some VERY special babies.  Share each book or photo and ask kids to guess who the baby is in each picture.  End each book by…

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