We are on our way to Chrstmas! I love this term at toddlers as I enjoy all the Christmas stories and crafts and the end of term party. Today we started our Journey to Bethlehem bible story series. We begin with creation and use paper plates as 3D pictures. I’ve done this series before so the paper plates needed a little TLC.
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‘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
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
Square paper plate angel – cut out the wings and use tissue paper to create a stained glass effect.
Paper cup/ice cream pot angel
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.
‘And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.’
Make a stained glass ‘window’
You will need – black square paper plates, black paper for the stars (my paper punch wouldn’t go through the paper plate), star paper punch, assorted bright coloured tissue paper (torn or cut into smallish pieces), glue, cover film (Tacky back)
The paper plate is the window. Cut out the centre and fill the gap with the tacky back – sticky side on the same side as the black rim of the plate. Don’t discard the tacky back backing yet but use it to cover the sticky side till you are ready to make the window.
Cut the simple shapes to represent Mary, Joseph and the manger from the part of the paper plate that was cut out to make the window frame.
To make – stick lots of flat pieces of tissue paper over the tacky back covering it.
Glue on Mary, Joseph, the manger and star making sure that the black side of the shapes is at the front.
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
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.
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.