I love teaching in a Christian school and being able to teach my students about the real meaning of Christmas. Here are a few of my favorite crafts and digital activities.
Baby Jesus Christmas Ornament
ribbon or yarn
printed bible verse (optional)
Fold the bottom of the paper plate up about 1/3 of the way.
Fold in the sides of the paper plate and staple in place.
Have students cut out a circle and draw a face on it.
Students then glue the circle on the plate.
Use a hole punch to punch a hole in the top of the paper plate and use the ribbon or yarn to make a loop for hanging.
(Optional) Glue a bible verse of your choice on the paper plate.
Students can hang the ornaments on their Christmas tree as a reminder of Jesus’s birth.
Nativity Scene / Stable
Youngsters will have fun “building” their own stable for Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.
blue or black construction paper
coloring page of Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus
Have students color and cut out their coloring page. Glue it to the center of the construction paper. Have students build a stable by gluing popsicle sticks around the picture. Glue the star above the stable.
Optional: Glitter may be added to the star to make it sparkle. Shredded paper or straw can be added to the stable to resemble hay.
Digital Narrated Nativity Story with Self-Checking Questions
In an effort to “modernize” our review of the story of Jesus’s birth, I created a narrated digital version for my young students. I used simple text and illustrations geared towards the primary grades and put an audio button on each picture so students could listen to the narration.
Here are a few sample pictures.
After students listen and review the story, they get to do an interactive, self-checking “quiz” with comprehension and sequencing questions that check their understanding of the story.
Here are a few sample pictures and you can watch a short video below. If you would like to use this digital nativity resource with your students it is available here.
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