Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Toddler Bible Lesson, Christmas, Part 3

Welcome to the Christmas Toddler Bible Lesson Series at Bible Basics!  I'm glad you stopped by.  If you're wondering what we're up to in this ongoing series, check out this introductory post.  For a growing list of toddler and preschool Bible lessons you can take a look at the Bible Basics page.

Since Christmas is right around the corner I wanted to share with you the ways in which we have taught our toddlers and preschoolers about the birth of Jesus.  This is a perfect time to focus on the reason for all of the Christmas holiday hype and to help your young child understand what it’s all about.  Plus, Christmas lessons are fun for everyone!

We are already half way through a four-part lesson series focusing on Jesus’ birth.  You can find the first two lessons here and here.

Luke 2:8-20

Memory Verse
: Choose one that fits your child’s age and ability.

“The angel said to Mary, ‘You will have a son.  You will name him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God.”  -Luke 1:31-32
“Today…a Savior has been born.  He is Christ the Lord.” -Luke 2:10-11 (simplified)
Lesson Focus
Shepherds worshiped Jesus.
Tactile Shepherds and Sheep

- Construction paper

- Marker or pencil
- Cotton balls
- Fabric scraps
- Yarn, string, or pipe cleaner
- Glue
- Star stickers

1. Draw a simple picture of a shepherd and 2 or 3 sheep on a piece of construction paper.

2. Glue cotton balls onto the sheep’s bodies.

3. Glue scraps of fabric on the shepherd as clothing and a head dress.

4. Glue a piece of yarn, string, or pipe cleaner in the shape of a staff in the hand of the shepherd.

5. Place star stickers across the top of the construction paper.

How We Go Through the Lesson
1. Recite or sing memory verse.

2. Read Bible story.  We use the Beginner's Bible, but you can choose a children's story Bible or "grown-up" translation that suits you and your family.

3. Recite or sing memory verse.

4. Craft or project.  Depending on the day of the week this may be a project like the one above or it could be a coloring page or something completely different.

*Repeat the lesson almost every day.  This could mean doing it on weekdays or taking one day to work on the project, saying the memory verse together throughout the day, and reading the Bible story before bed each night.  It doesn't matter when or how, but the repetition is key for toddlers to retain the lessons presented to them.

What fun Christmas Bible lessons do you enjoy teaching to your toddler or preschooler?

You can find this and other great resources for your toddler/preschooler at Mom's Library Link-Up (True Aim Education)

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