Luke 2:8,9 ‘And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the lord appeared to them, and the glory of the lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear’
A craft to make – three lollipop sticks glued together to make a star. Add sequins and glitter and a button so you can thread through cotton to hang from the tree. Add a Bible verse of ‘Joy to the World’.
Something to listen to – Joy to the World carol. Enjoy!
third week of advent…
Matthew 1:21 ‘ She wil bear a son,and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’
A simple decoration to make – multi coloured card bauble. All you need to do is cut circles (you could make bell or tree shapes too) and stick coloured shiney paper all over. Punch a hole and add thread so you can hang from the Christmas tree.
Luke 2: 3,4 ‘And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.’
A Christmas song Little Donkey
Some Christmas treats to make – Rice Crispie cakes with sprinkles!
All you need is chocolate, rice crispies and sprinkles. Melt chocolate in the microwave and stir in rice crispies. add gradually until all the rice crispies are coated in chocolate and the chocolate is used up. Spoon into petit fours cases. before the chocolate sets add sprinkles.
Here’s a link to Joseph’s story .
Luke 2:1 ‘In those days a decree went out from Casear Augustus that all the world should be registered’
Craft Idea – make some Christmas Tree decorations with Hama beads
There are lots of ideas for hama bead creations at this Pinterest page. You can follow patterns or just make up colour combinations. We made stars and hearts and then threaded some cotton through the top bead and hung on the Christmas tree. This is a good activity for children who are 7 years plus – adults need to be in charge of ironing the beads. To do that you need to place greeseproof paper over the beads and then iron till the beads are fused together. If you buy a hama bead kit the waxed/greeseproof paper will come with it and can be reused.
Luke 1:35 ‘ And the angel answered her (Mary), ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most high will overshadow you, therefore the child to be born will be called holy – the Son of God.’
A craft to make – snowman bookmark – very simple to make!
All you need is card, felt pens, scissors, pencil.
Draw a snowman and add a scarf – you will cut into the scarf to create a flap to hang over the page in the book. This is shown clearly in the third photo.
Matthew 1: 23 ‘ Behold, the virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means God with us).
A recipe for homemade fudge from Mary Berry can be found here. No cooking required but it does need to be left overnight!
Here is a link to a toddler friendly bible story about Immanuel.
John 8:12 ‘Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’
A craft to make – Jesus is the light of the world candle stained glass.
Print picture from the PDF (see below for the link) onto card. Cut out flame. (Older children can do this for themselves but prepare it ahead of time for younger ones) Colour or paint the heart and cross. I used wax crayons to blend the colours. Add writing ‘Jesus is the light of the world’. You may need to write this first and then decorate the heart. It can be tricky writing over wax crayon! Stick tissue paper to the reverse. Hang at a window.
Jesus_is_the_Light – PDF file.
John 1:9 ‘The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.’
Craft to make – Christmas Lantern decoration
You can make large or small lanterns – the basic pattern is the same. You need long strips of paper folded in half lengthenways. Cut into the fold but not right across. Open out and attach some double sided tape as in the photo and stick to make the lantern. Add a handle using double sided tape. (You can use glue but double sided tape sticks really well)
Two candles – the second week of advent..
Luke 1:26,27 ‘In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth’
Christmas biscuits to bake –
This is a very easy recipe called 1-2-3 biscuits from ‘Cakes and Cake Decorating’ by Rosemary Wadey.
1oz/25g caster sugar
3oz/75g plain flour
Cream butter and sugar together and then gradually add the flour. Knead till smooth. I made this in my mixer but it is easily done by hand.
Chill the biscuit dough for at least an hour. If you miss this it will be very difficult to roll out and cut into biscuit shapes.
Once chilled roll out on a floured surface. Cut into shapes. I used a christmas tree shaped cutter. Bake at 150C /300F /Gas 2 for about 25 minutes (less if you have a fan oven. Check often anyway). They should be lightly browned. I have a gas oven that has a mind of it’s own so please don’t take my timings as exact!
Once cooked allow to cool and then decorate using icing (icing sugar and water mixed- add water little by little). I added green colouring jell. Decorate any way you like. Eat!
While you bake here is something to listen to.
If you have any icing left you could ice some fairy cakes or cup cakes.