Happy Christmas!

Thank you for taking the time to visit this blog and for leaving comments here and in a couple of Christmas cards 🙂 I hope that you have a very Happy Christmas.

‘And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.’ Luke 2:6-7

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The Cast of Christmas are ready!

I’m really looking forward to telling the Christmas Story with these guys .. made by my super talented mum. The Wise Men are my favourites 🙂 The link to the knitting pattern book that my mum used is in the sidebar.

The Angel visits Mary

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Bible story – from Luke 1:26-38.

(Include actions in the story if you can – ask the children and adults to join in)

One day Mary was at home. It was just an ordinary day. Mary was cleaning the house (some actions here – maybe dusting or sweeping).

But then something extraordinary happened! An angel came to see her! Now angels are not like fairies. Angels are big and strong! (actions here too). The angel that came to see Mary was called Gabriel (ask everyone to repeat the name). He had a message from God.

‘You are going to have a very special baby,’ he said to Mary. ‘This baby will be God’s Son and he will be King forever.’

Who was this baby? This baby, that the angel talked about, was Jesus.

Mary listened. (everyone touch their ears). She knew that this promised baby would be very, very special and important.

Jesus is very, very special and important.

Craft Ideas – make angels

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Square paper plate angel – cut out the wings and use tissue paper to create a stained glass effect.

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Paper cup/ice cream pot angel

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Story bag ideas – a doll to represent Mary or Early Learning Centre Nativity Set. You could add a duster and a dustpan and brush and your angel craft to represent Gabriel.

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Simple Christmas Craft – baby in the manger

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This craft has a bit of preparation – there is some cutting out for an adult or older child to do. I made a template to speed the process up!

All you need to make the ‘baby in the manger’ scene is :-

Good quality paper plates – preferably with a definite rim. You will be using the back of the plate.

Tissue paper cut into squares – dark blue and yellow

Shredded tissue paper – yellow

Brown paper cut into small squares

Grey/dark crayons to shade the silhouette of the baby’s head

Stars

Glue sticks

To make –

Have an example to show the children and explain what it is that they are making.

Stick the tissue paper and brown paper followed by shredded tissue to make the straw. Add the star and shade the silhouette of the babies head.

For this stage give children an additional paper plate to act as a support under the craft plate. It will make sticking much easier.

When everything has dried the final stage is to fold the plate.

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Nativity at home

We’ve had our Early Leaning Centre Nativity for about 14 years and it is still going strong. Sadly the new sets no longer have a stable 😦 But with some shredded tissue paper for straw and a big catering size foil dish to keep the tissue paper contained, you  have a place to display an play with the nativity figures.

Luke 2:11 colouring – with a PDF that works!

Sorry if you had this post on facebook with a missing link. It’s all sorted now 🙂

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Christmas – all part of The Plan

I love Christmas. It’s an opportunity for all sorts of lovely crafts. People do appear to be in the mood to celebrate. I wanted to put Christmas into context in our stories at toddler group. Why did Jesus come to earth? So this is the journey to Bethlehem that we are taking.. (sorry that the pics are poor quality – just not enough daylight!)

where we start

where we start

God made everything good

God made everything good

Everything did not stay good but God promised to send someone to sort it out.

Everything did not stay good but God promised to send someone to sort it out.

things got worse - only Noah and his family were safe in the ark.

Things got worse – only Noah and his family were safe in the ark.

God promised to make Abraham's family huge and to bless everyone on earth through that family

God promised to make Abraham’s family huge and to bless everyone on earth through that family

God tells mary that she will have a special baby - Jesus - at last the promise in being fulfilled

An angel tells Mary that she will have a special baby – Jesus – at last the promise in being fulfilled

Jesus, the saviour is born!

Jesus, the saviour is born!

Angels tell shepherds the good news - a Saviour has been born. God has kept his promise to send someone to sort out the mess!

Angels tell shepherds the good news – a Saviour has been born. God has kept his promise to send someone to sort out the mess!

We started with creation last week and move on to the serpent this week. I hope that the adults will enjoy this journey and see Christmas as part of God’s Plan.

As we go through the weeks I’ll post pictures of what it will be like at toddler group. Hopefully you will get an idea of how all the paper plate pictures look as we build the story each week.

Final photo of my attempt to show you them altogether.. didn’t quite work .. but the best I could do today. The footprints will be added each week.

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