December Week 4

Symbols of Christmas, Part 4

Ideal for
16 months -
2 1/2 years
CREATIVE
ACTIVITIES
SPECIAL TOYS & GAMES BIBLE LANGUAGE
MONDAY

Poinsettia

"Flower of the Holy Night"

Learn The Legend of the Poinsettia. Teach all or some of this Poinsettia Fan Craft & Lesson. Read Tomie dePaola'a The Legend of the Poinsettia. Discuss special gifts and about a gift they could give if they had no money to buy one.















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

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Read
Wise Men Take Presents to Jesus, page 84

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

Sign Language: Donkey

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Christmas Bells
Tune: 10 Little Indians

1 bell, 2 bells, 3 Christmas bells,
4 bells, 5 bells, 6 Christmas bells,
7 bells, 8 bells, 9 Christmas bells,
10 Christmas bells to ring.

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Flash Cards and/or Felt Shapes:

Nativity Scene

Letters: I, J

Number: 6

Color: Yellow

Shape: Star

TUESDAY

Christmas Cards

Cards state our belief of Christmas.

Choose one of these Printable Christmas Cards or make your own. Have the children make them for their parents. Put old Christmas Cards in the book corner for the children to "read".
WEDNESDAY

Bells

A Call to Worship & Ring Joyful News of Christ.

Make Easy Christmas Bells: Take a styrofoam cup and decorate with crayons, paint, stickers, etc. Cut a hole in the bottom of the cup. Tie some string onto a jingle bell. Pull the string through the hole in the cup and tie a loop so that it won't pull through the hole. You now have a Christmas bell. Use Cat Collars with Jingle Bell on them (can find at the dollar store), buckle them up and tape end and use for an instrument. Sing Christmas Carols while shaking the bells.
THURSDAY

Wreath

Circle Shape Reminds us of God's Eternal Love for us.

Make this Paper Wreath from Little Hand Prints. Or choose one of these Holiday Wreaths to make. If possible, bring in several different types of Wreaths to Explore: Craft wreaths, Advent wreaths, etc. Supervise the children carefully during exploration. Talk about the different textures and colors.
FRIDAY

Holly

*Leaves=Crown of Thorns
*Evergreen=Eternal Life
*Red Berries=Christ's Blood

Talk about Everything Jesus went Through because of His love for us. Glue green puzzle pieces and small red pompoms in the shape of Holly.
SNACKS & ALTERNATE ACTIVITIES
Cereal Christmas Holly
3 tbsp. butter
3 c. mini marshmallows
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. green food coloring
4 c. Cheerios or Rice Krispies or Corn flakes
Place butter and marshmallows in a saucepan over low heat stirring until melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and food coloring. Fold in cereal until evenly coated. Quickly shape warm mixture on wax paper with buttered hands. Use about 1/4 cup mixture per holly. Gumdrops or Red Hots can be used to make holly berries.
Make Christmas Bagels: Toast Bagels. Mix in a bowl a few drops of green food dye with cream cheese, top toasted bagels, and you've got Christmas wreaths! Count on about 1 oz. of cream cheese for every two bagels. Garnish with green sugar sprinkles or other decorations. Make Bell-Shaped Sugar Cookies

Make these Christmas Wreath Cookies. Make these Poinsettia Cookies.

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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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