Sharing the Christmas story with preschoolers should be a wonderful experience. As you think about the age of your child or the children you teach at church, think about the facts you should share that are appropriate for that age child.
Babies, Ones, and Twos
Younger preschoolers are learning and growing at a fast rate. All of their experiences are new and exciting. These preschoolers are just beginning their discovery of everything! Say the name of Jesus often to babies, ones, and twos. Say simple, factual statements about Jesus’ birth: “Jesus was born. Mary was Jesus’ mother. Joseph took care of Mary and baby Jesus.” Provide hands on experiences for younger preschoolers. They can touch a non-breakable manger scene as you talk about Jesus’ birth. They can shake bells as you sing a simple Christmas song about Jesus. Simple Bible truths will build string biblical foundations in thee young lives.
Threes and Fours
Help threes and fours discover more about the events of Jesus’ birth. Preschoolers can hear that an angel told Mary that Jesus would be born. They can understand that God planned for Joseph to be part of Jesus’ family. They can learn more about the shepherds who came to see baby Jesus and wise men who brought gifts to the child. They can also begin to understand that Jesus was sent by God. Simple Bible verses such as “Jesus was born in Bethlehem” (Matthew 2:1) will help threes and fours know that the story of Jesus’ birth is in the Bible. Emphasize that Jesus’ birth is the reason for Christmas.
Kindergartners’ knowledge is expanding rapidly in all area. They will ask many questions – maybe questions you find difficult to answer. Answer questions simply and encourage a child to inquire further if needed. Kindergartners can learn more about Christmas and Jesus’ birth. They can begin to understand that God planned for Jesus to be born. Introduce the word prophet to a kindergartner. Say “A prophet told God’s message. Isaiah was a prophet. He told that Jesus would be born.” Kindergartners are forming foundations about God and Jesus; they can begin to understand that Jesus is God’s Son and that God sent Jesus to earth because He loves them. They cannot yet grasp the full meaning of Jesus’ birth; however, you can develop foundations for later understanding.
This article is courtesy of ParentLife and R. Scott Wiley.