December Week 3

Symbols of Christmas, Part 3

Ideal for
16 months -
2 1/2 years

Christmas Carols

Songs that tell of Jesus' Birth

Learn a few Christmas Carols. There are lyrics at this site: Christmas Songs, or use a Christmas CD, etc. Go caroling from room to room, door to door, or at a nursing home or hospital. Toy Wash & Swap

Recite: "Jesus was born for you." Luke 2:11


Wise Men Look for Baby Jesus, page 82

Attention Getter: Tell this story while using the touchable nativity scene to illistrate.

Sign Language: Gift


O Christmas Tree


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Planning Ideas

Flash Cards and/or Felt Shapes:

Nativity Scene

Letters: I, J

Number: 6

Color: Yellow

Shape: Star


Christmas Tree

Evergreen reminds us God is eternal & we have eternal life through His Son when we put our turst in Him.

Make this Handprint Christmas Tree Craft using all the children's handprints for a class tree or make the individually. Round and Round the Christmas Tree
Tune: Ring Around the Rosie

Dance around the Christmas tree,
Bright with twinkling lights.
Whirl around. Twirl around.
We all fall down.



A display of God's provision to his people

Make Fruit-Loop Garland--Show the children how to string Fruit-Loops (or other similar shaped cereal) on to yarn or string. Ues a small piece of tape to roll around the end of yarn so it resembles a shoelace. Decorate the class tree with all the garland. Make a Class Poster that displays God's blessings to you. Have children glue pre-cut pictures from magazines and grocery ads onto a posterboard with the title "God Has Blessed Us".



Jesus is God's gift to us & the Magi brought gifts to Baby Jesus

Show the children how to Wrap Gifts. Set out some wrapping paper or comics from the newspaper and bows and show the children how to fold the paper around some boxes or blocks and how to use tape. Tearing may be a better idea than using scissors.
Have a Birthday Party for Jesus and give each other gifts or I always have the parents donate gifts to the daycare that we open at our party.

St. Nicholas

Loved God and gave to others without expecting anything in return.

Make Cinnamon & Sandpaper Ornaments to give to others (without expecting anything in return). Cut shapes out of sandpaper. Scribble on the sandpaper with a cinnamon stick. Punch a hole and add yarn for hanging. Tell the children the story about Saint Nicholas (you will have to make it toddler-size). Next, porvide a few different sized stockings and various sized toys. Encourage the children to fit the toys into the stockings.
Christmas Sandwiches: Take two slices of white bread and some red and green food coloring, a clean paint brush and some sandwich fillings. Pour a small amount or the food colorings into a small bowl and dilute with a small amount of water. Take paintbrush and "paint" a christmas tree onto the bread, you can add colorful ornaments and even write "Merry Christmas". You can then paint the other slice of bread as well. Toast bread slightly in a toaster. Add the meats and cheeses, or peanut butter and jelly, and you have a great holiday sandwich. Make Christmas Cookie Cutter Sandwiches: Cut out two pieces of bread and then two pieces of bologna (or any other lunch meat) put togher to make sandwich.

Make Vegetable Ornaments Roll cresent roll dough out and cut into ornament shapes. Cook dough until light brown. Mix equal parts cream cheese & sour cream and spread on cooled ornaments. Top with broccoli & cauliflower pieces, carrot slivers, and red pepper pieces

Make Saint Nicholas Cookies: Cut heart-shaped cookies out of sugar cookie dough and bake. Take them out of the oven and turn the cookies upside down. Decorate the point with red to make hat, and the bottom of the heart with white frosting to make cheeks and beard. Sprinkle coconut on the bottom to make the beard life like, and decorate eyes and nose and mouth with chocolate chips, M&M's and licorice pieces. Make Ediable Christmas Trees: Turn a sugar cone upside down on a paper plate and cover with green icing. Sprinkle toppings on the cone and eat.

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I feel it's important to have a nativity scene the children can touch and to tell the story with. Tell the Christmas story every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas using the scene, then give the children a chance to explore the figures and to tell the story.

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All praise and glory go to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Apart from Him, I could do nothing. (John 15:5)