Sunday, December 20, 2009

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter W






W- Wedding at Cana


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story of The Wedding at Cana
- discuss what a miracle is
- identify the miracle that Jesus did at the Wedding at Cana



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson.



Vocabulary Words:

Wedding at Cana Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.



Plan:


Circle Time:

Introduce story: Do you know what a miracle is? A miracle is an amazing thing that cannot be explained that only God or Jesus can do. What was the first miracle that Jesus had done?

Read story “The Wedding in Cana” from your own story book. Or use “Jesus Goes To A Wedding”

lambsongs.co.nz

Cover

Booklet


Then ask some questions from below.

1. Where was the wedding? (In a city called Cana.)

2. Did Jesus’ mother go with him? (Yes)

3. Did Jesus’ helpers (disciples) go to the wedding? (Yes)

4. What ran out at the wedding? (The wine.)

5. What did Jesus do? (He changed the water into wine.)

6. How many jars of water did Jesus change into wine? (Six)



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: What did Jesus turn the water into?

gardenofpraise.com- Water to Wine (song)

sing365.com- He Turned Water Into Wine (song)

6lyrics.com- Wedding at Cana (song)



Activities:

Introduce activities: What was Jesus’ first miracle?

clutheran.org- The Wedding at Cana lesson (John 2:1-12)

missionarlilngton.org- A Wedding in Cana (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)
John 2:1-12

sermons4kids.com- Saving the Best for Last object lesson with activities

sermons4kids.com- Saving the Best for Last (group activities) crafts, games, songs, etc.

baptist-church.suite101.com- Jesus Turns Water Into Wine lesson with activities

kingave.org- Jesus Performs His First Miracle lesson with activities



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What did Jesus turn the water into?

Turning Water Into Wine- A paper plate craft to show Jesus' first miracle. Start the wheel with the blue showing to represent water flowing from the jug. Slowly turn the back plate to change the blue water to red wine. (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, page 42 & 43).

clclutheran.org- Classroom Art Activity
Color the strip at the bottom of the page according to the color directions, then cut it out. Color the water pot below, cut out the top oval, and make the slits. Position the blue/maroon strip in the slits behind the water pot so that it changes from water to wine (page 3).

mssscrafts.com- Take One Jar (several craft ideas posted here)


Have the children make a clay jar using air-hardening clay and take home. You can buy the clay or make it.


familyfun.go.com- No-Cook Dough
There is no cooking involved with this recipe. Suitable for either dying or painting, this dough has a distinctly homemade look when dry.

associatedcontent.com- Make Fast Drying Homemade Play Clay
Making clay is a good project to do with children. After the clay cools, the children can make a clay jar to take home.


Games:

Introduce game: What was Jesus’ first miracle?

baptist-church.suite101.com- Pass the Jar & Water Water, Wine (scroll down to these 2 games)

The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children's Ministry by Group Publishing- Water Into Wine (Jesus' First Miracle)
A fun medium energy level game with complete directions, supply list, what to say, and post game discussion questions. This fun and educational relay game will help your kids discover the wonder of Jesus' first miracle (page 74).

highlightsteachers.com- Memory Game
Sharpen your students memory skills with this game made with plastic milk or water jug lids.

activityvillage.co.uk- Counting Jars Game
Here's a really simple idea which is fun to put together and fun to play with. You can play with the jars in many different ways, making is suitable for a wide age range too.



These games are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.


Wedding at Cana Relay Game- The first team that fills the jar full of wine first, wins.






The Wedding At Cana File Folder Game- Answer questions about the story and receive a jar token. The first player to collect 6 jars wins. (Younger students do not have to answer a question and can just collect a jar token.)



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What did Jesus turn water into? Let’s make something that we can change by adding something to it.

Have the children make Kool-aid, chocolate milk, lemon aid, etc. using a container that they can see through or look into (cup).


Letter W Snacks-

Wafers, Waffles, Walnut, Water, Watermelon, White Cake, White Cheese, Whipped Cream, etc.



Coloring/Puzzles/Worksheets:

Prayers while students are doing coloring and/or puzzles.

sermons4kids.com- Water Into Wine (coloring)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus turns water into wine. John 2:1-12 (coloring)

misslink.org- Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it. John 2:5 (coloring)

misslink.org- Jesus turns water into wine (coloring)

clclutheran.org- Wedding at Cana (coloring), page 4


lambsongs.co.nz- “Jesus Goes To A Wedding” by Jill Kemp (booklet for the children to color)

Cover

Booklet


dltk-teach.com- What begins with W? (mini book)

Wedding at Cana- (handwriting)

first-school.ws- Water (handwriting)

kidzone.ws.- Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter W

first-school.ws- Numbers in a Jar (worksheets)
Numbers-in-a-Jar worksheets designed to use with manipulatives to count and learn to write numerals, and number words.

misslink.org- Jesus turns water into wine jigsaw puzzle (color jigsaw puzzle you can print out)

Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams- Jesus Turns Water into Wine
The servants poured 6 jars with water. Jesus turned the water to wine. The jars were very large. Color the six larger jars purple. Color the others any color (page 20).

clclutheran.org- Classroom Activity
Help the children color all the gifts God has given them. Talk about each one. Circle the one that is the most important gift (page 2).

Jesus’ First Miracle (find and circle story related items hidden in the picture)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God's Word: PK - K by Linda Standke, page 21.

Jesus’ First Miracle (find and circle story related items hidden in the picture)- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK - K, page 93.

Can you find 8 hidden wine jars?- (365 Activities for Kids by Kregel Publications, page August 24.)

Which is Different?- Here are 7 drawings of wine jars. Which is the odd one out? (365 Activities for Kids by Kregel Publications, page August 25.)





Friday, December 18, 2009

Upside Down - Short film from the message Right Christmas



Be sure to watch it to the end.








Wedding at Cana Relay





This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.


Wedding at Cana Relay Game: The first team that fills the jar full of wine first, wins.

Introduce game: What did Jesus say to the servants?

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.


Need:

6 clear plastic cups
water in 6 large container (bucket will do)
6 empty jars
red food coloring
6 chairs

Divide the class into 6 equal teams and have them line up behind a chair with a bucket of water sitting on it. Across the room have an empty jar with food coloring inside it for each team. At your signal the first person in the team scoops up some water from their bucket and carries it over and pours it in their jar, returns to his line and hands the plastic cup to the second player. The first player then goes to the end of the line. The second player then repeats what the first player did. (Demonstrate what you want the children to do). Play is continued until the jar is full of wine.





Sunday, December 13, 2009

Lesson Plan- Jonah and the Whale (1st grade on up)



Jonah and the Whale

Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story Jonah and the Whale
- explain the importance of obedience to God and the need to serve Him each day
- explain that actions have consequences
- identify who never stops loving us
- discuss that everyone makes mistakes and we can be forgiven
- locate Nineveh on a map



Review:
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used as Mass cards (show picture cards that we have done thus far)



Vocabulary Words: (Write the bold words on the board and discuss with class)

whale- a large marine mammal the breathes through a blowhole on the top of its head
sorry- feeling bad about something you have done
Nineveh- an "exceeding great city", as it is called in the Book of Jonah, was on the eastern bank of the Tigris in ancient Assyria, across the river from the modern-day major city of Mosul, Iraq (show students this on a map and have students find it on a map)



Plan:

Read story: "Jonah and the Whale" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.

Tell the story using childrensministryvault.com- Memorable Balloon Story of Jonah and the Fish



Activities:

Introduce activity: Who was swallowed by a whale?

childrensermons.com- Jonah and the Great Fish object lesson

dltk-bible.com- Jonah lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

calvarycurriculum.com- 3 lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

- Jonah and the Great Fish
- Nineveh Repents
- Jonah is Humbled by God

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Jonah’s Whale lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples).

sundayschoolsources.com- Jonah lesson

missionarlington.org- Jonah lesson with activities



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What swallowed Jonah? A whale.

Jonah in the Big Fish Puppet- Students make a very creative puppet to act out the story "Jonah and the Big Fish". (Crafts from your favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, pages 36 & 37).

kidssundayschool.com- Jonah and the Big Fish
A whale of a craft that helps kids remember the story.

clclutheran.org- Lunch Bag Fish (page 2)

Jonah Into the Whale Flip Game- A fun craft and game all rolled into one. (Crafts to make in the Fall by Kathy Ross, pages 26 & 27).

Jonah & the Big Fish- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 31 & 32.)



Games:

Introduce game: Do you think you know the story about Jonah? Let’s find out.

I am going to ask you questions (below) and if you answer correctly, you get to see if you can spit Jonah out on to dry land (demonstrate this by tossing Jonah onto a table that is a few feet away).

Use the whale from below and make a little Jonah out of a clothes pin and decorate. Put inside the whale.

daniellesplace.com- Jonah and the Whale

familyfun.go.com- Water Whale Scoop


Jonah Questions:

1. What did God want Jonah to do? (He told Jonah to go to a city called Nineveh and tell the people who lived there about Him.)

2. Why didn’t Jonah want to go to Nineveh? (Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh because the people who lived there did not obey God.)

3. What did Jonah do? (Ran away and got on a ship.)

4. What happened when Jonah was on the ship? (A big storm started.)

5. What did the sailors do when the storm came up? (Everyone on the ship was scared that they were going to die and prayed to their gods for help.)

6. Where was Jonah when the storm came up? (He was fast asleep on the bottom of the ship.)

7. What did Jonah say when the sailors asked him to start praying? (I can’t pray to God. I’m running away from Him.)

8. What happened when Jonah was thrown over board? (The storm stopped.)

9. How many days was Jonah inside the fish? (Three days.)

10. Where did the whale spit Jonah out? (On dry land.)

11. What did Jonah do after the fish spit him out? (Went to Nineveh.)

12. What did he tell the people of Nineveh? (He told the people there that unless they told God they were sorry for being bad and began to do the right things, God would destroy their city in forty days.)

13. Did the people of Nineveh listen to Jonah? (Yes)

14. What did the king order the people to do? (To be sorry for their badness and pray to God.)

15. Was Jonah happy about that? (No, he wanted God to destroy Nineveh.)

16. Can anyone run away from God? (No)

17. Why? (Because God is everywhere.)

18. What does God want us to do when we do something wrong? (Say we are sorry and ask for forgiveness.)

19. What does God do when we are sorry and ask for forgiveness? (He forgives us.)




books.google.com- Trust Trash (Jonah Learns To Obey God)
This game will help your kids discover why trusting God is important through the story of Jonah and the big fish. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry, page 65).

psscentral.com- Running Away
Explain to the children that you cannot run away from God. He knows where you are all of the time. Have the children stand in a line in front of you but facing the opposite direction. Read the statements below to them. If they think the child is running away from God, they are to take three steps away from you. If they think the child is listening and obeying God, they move three steps toward you. (Several scenarios are posted to play the game.)

books.google.com- Hey, Obey!
Teams try to be the first to reach the goal by choosing and following instructions on “Obey God” and “Excuses Cards”. A team advances and/or suffers punishment as a collective group. (This game goes with another lesson, but can easily be used for Jonah and the Whale.) Full Tilt Wacky Games, by David C Cook Publishing Company, page 14 – 17.

books.google.com- Get My Drift
Players will try to navigate a maze or obstacle course while being besieged by all types of sights and sounds from other teams. Their partner is the only one that has the directions on how to complete the maze or obstacle course and they must tell the person how to find their way through it. They will need to focus on their partner, who is trying to get their attention to be able to complete the course. (Full Tilt Wacky Games, by David C Cook Publishing Company, page 62 - 65).



Snacks:

Introduce snack: What swallowed Jonah? A whale.

Make Jell-O Jigglers of fish/whale shapes and put a gummy shape person inside.



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Jonah puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from July 16 - 22).

Swallowed by a Fish- Amazing Bible Mazes by Anita Reith Stohs

biblewise.com- Jonah and the Great Fish (maze)

dltk-bible.com- Jonah puzzles (anagrams, cryptogram, crossword, mazes, word-mining sheets, word searches)

Jonah Takes a Detour (find the hidden picture)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word: Grades 1 – 3 by Linda Standke, page 15.

biblewise.com- Jonah (word search)

akidsheart.com- Jonah and the Big Fish (word search)

gardenofpraise.com- Jonah (word search)

gardenofpraise.com- Jonah (crossword)

akidsheart.com- Jonah and the Big Fish (crossword)

gardenofpraise.com- Jonah (word scramble)

akidsheart.com- Jonah and the Whale (decode the words in the puzzle)

biblewise.com- A Book of Great Things
Can you find the great things that are in the following verses?



Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)





Monday, December 7, 2009

Journey Through The Bible Game



Each player rolls the die and moves the number of spaces indicated. If the player lands on a picture, they must identify the Bible story it depicts. If the player is correct, they stay where they are. If they are not correct, they go back to where they were. Players proceed down the winding path and the first player to reach FINISH wins. The 2nd and 3rd place winners follow respectively.

For small children, adults may identify the Bible story when the child lands on it. After a while, teachers can call for volunteers to identify the Bible story. This will encourage children to learn the names of the Bible stories. By hearing the names of the Bible stories as they play each time, they will soon be able to identify them.


This board game can be used in numerous ways to teach children:

1) to identify the Bible stories by a picture
2) name a fact about the Bible story
3) answer a question about the Bible story (review previous lessons)
4) spell a character or object from the Bible story



This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.


Directions- Print out Directions, cut out, and glue on front of file folder.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of a file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last.






Sunday, December 6, 2009

Samson





This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.



Samson (file folder game): Answer questions about Samson as you work your way around the board. Try to be the first player to remove all of your pillar while other players attempt to add to it.




Directions- Print out Directions, cut it out, and glue on front of file folder. (Younger students do not have to answer a question when they land on a picture of Samson. They may remove one cylinder block or thread spool and play the rest of the game according to the directions. You can also use Lego blocks that snap together to make the pillars.)

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last. (Title and spaces are in Matisse ITC font. Start is in Cooper Black font.)

Question Cards- Print Question Cards out on card stock. Cut out Question Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. (Use only the cards that reflect your student’s abilities.) Questions are in MS Word and can be changed easily to whatever you want. Feel free to change the questions or use your own.





Lesson Plan- Samson (1st grade on up)



Samson


Objectives: The students will be able to
- retell the story of Samson
- identify Philistia, Israel, and Gaza on a map
- explain that Samson’s strength did not come from within himself, but from God
- identify who you can ask to help you in making the right decisions



Review:
Prayer, Take Home Sheet, and vocabulary from last week’s lesson and also Objects Used at Mass cards.



Vocabulary Words: (Write the bold words on the board and discuss with class)

Blind- not able to see
Feast- a large meal to celebrate something
Philistines- they were people who hated the Israelites. They wanted to take their land and make the Israelites their slaves. The Philistines were from Philistia (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map)
Israelites- people from Israel that are also called Hebrews (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map)
Gaza- seaport and important city in biblical times (show students this on a map or have one of the students find it on a map)



Plan:

Read story: "Samson" and ask questions from Take Home Sheet that will be sent home today.



Activities:

Introduce activities: Who is granted tremendous strength by God to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats unachievable by ordinary humans? (Samson)

dltk-bible.com- Samson and Delilah lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzle, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts and activities, etc.

kidsclubs4jesus.com- Samson lesson with puzzles, coloring sheet, Bible readings, questions, memory verses, key points, object lesson, drama, puppets, etc. (These files are set up and formatted so that they can be easily made into weekly booklets for your children's ministry, youth ministry, etc., with 4 sheets of legal paper and two staples).

childrensermons.com- Samson object lesson

calvarycurriculum.com- 3 lessons with memory verses, circle the correct words, true or false, fill in the blanks, puzzles, and color sheets.

- Samson Is Born
- Samson and Delilah
- Samson Pulls Down a Temple



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What did Delilah do to Samson to lose his strength? Cut his hair. We are going to help Samson grow back his hair.

Hair Growing Samson- Cute craft that students actually grow hair for Samson. (Crafts From Your Favorite Bible Stories by Kathy Ross, pages 26 & 27).

hometipsworld.com- Plant Pals
Another cute grass growing craft that you can use for Samson.



Introduce craft: Who is granted tremendous strength by God to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats unachievable by ordinary humans? (Samson)

Samson Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 25 & 26.)

newchurchvineyard.org- Samson Collage



Games:

Introduce game: What did Philistines do to Samson when they captured him? How do you think it is being blind? Discuss.


Samson, A Mighty Man

Need: Blindfold or paper bag that can fit over student’s head.

Directions: Student must guess whose face he is touching while blindfolded. Teacher might have to do hand-over-hand to keep the touching just on the head and face.


Introduce game: Why was Samson so strong? Where did Samson get his strength?

Super Strength (God Gives Samson Strength)- This game will help your students realize that God gives us strength as they play tag and learn about Samson. (The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 41.)



Introduce game: Who can you ask to help you in making the right decisions?

Really Big Book of bible Games by Gospel Light

On Guard (page 166)- Samson made some bad choices when he was tempted. God’s Words tells us to be on our guard so that we won’t make bad choices in tempting situations. We can ask God for self-control to help us always make the best choice. Let’s practice being on our guard in this game.

Strong Obstacles (page 175)- Samson kept doing things that made it hard for him to follow the instructions God had given him. His wrong actions were obstacles- things that kept him from obeying God. We’re going to play a game where we form an obstacle course with our bodies.



Introduce game: Who is granted tremendous strength by God to combat his enemies and perform heroic feats unachievable by ordinary humans? (Samson)

biblestoryprintables.com- This is a file folder game for children to use multiplication and division skills to convert inches to feet. Mount the game to the file folder then let children use the playing pieces to solve the equations. (Scroll down to this.)



These games are free, however they can only to be used for classroom and personal use. They may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.




Samson (file folder game)- Answer questions about Samson as you work your way around the board. Try to be the first player to remove all of your pillar while other players attempt to add to it.




Introduce game: Samson did not always choose the right thing to do. Can you choose the right thing to do and not give into pressures around you? Who can you ask to help you in making the right decisions?

WWJD (file folder game)- Making the right decisions in life is hard to do, but if you let Jesus be your guide and think, “What Would Jesus Do?” it will make it a lot easier.



Introduce game: Why do problems come into our life? People face problems every day. Some are harder than others. There are many choices that the person can have to solve his/her problem, but which one is the best? Samson did not always choose the right thing to do. Who can you ask to help you in making the right decisions? What would Jesus want us to do?

Moral Dilemmas Card Game- (Scroll down for this.)



Snacks:

Introduce snack: To be strong like Samson you need energy. Let’s eat some energy snacks.

(Examples: veggies dipped in a ranch dressing, fruit dipped in a sweet creamy dip, protein shake, etc.)

jif.com- Fruity Snack Mix

foodfit.com- School House Snacks
Boost energy levels when they are flagging



Puzzles, Mazes, Worksheets:

dltk-bible.com- Samson and Delilah (maze)

biblewise.com- maze

More 365 Activities for Kids- (do any of the Samson puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from April 25 - 30).

Samson (word search)

dltk-bible.com- Samson and Delilah puzzles (anagrams, crosswords, cryptogram, maze, word-mining sheets, word searches)

biblewise.com- Take the first letter of each of the objects in these pictures, and find a name of a town Samson visited. Then unscramble the letters to find the name of the town.



Homework: Prayers and Take Home Sheet- (It is in MS Word and can be changed any way you like according to your student’s abilities.)





Friday, December 4, 2009

The Unforgiving Servant File Folder Game






This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit.






The Unforgiving Servant File Folder Game: Players move around the board by apologizing correctly for things they have done wrong while other players forgive their transgressions. The players must say what they should do to correct their mistake and/or what consequences should happen to them so they will learn to take responsibility of their actions. Players must also answer questions about the story “The Unforgiving Servant” to receive a token. The player who reaches FINISH and has the most tokens wins the game.




Directions- Print out Directions and keep inside file folder when not playing game.

Game Board- Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on the inside of the file folder. Make sure the directions are on the front of the file folder. Laminate or cover file folder with clear contact paper to make it last. (Text is in Cooper Black.)

*Use these Game Cards or make your own. Print Game Cards out on card stock. Cut out Game Cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last. Only use the questions that are age appropriate for your students.

70 x 7 Game Cards- Print 70 x 7 Game Cards out on light yellow card stock. Cut out cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.

I’m Sorry Game Cards- Print I’m Sorry Game Cards out on white card stock. Cut out cards. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.

Tokens- Print out several pages of Tokens on card stock. Cut out Tokens. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make them last.





Thursday, December 3, 2009

Veggie Tales





There are tons of Veggie Tales stuff out there to buy, but you can also find things that are free online.


Do you know of any more freebies that I can add to the list?



Sites with lots of Veggie Tales Stuff:

veggietales.com- Official site with games, coloring pages, activities, puzzles, etc.

dltk-bible.com- Veggie Tales Activities (crafts, games, printables, etc.)

ultimateveggie.com- Sound clips, coloring pages, Windows icons, desktop wallpaper, video clips and more.

stlyrics.com- Veggie Tales song lyrics



Veggie Tale Crafts:

dltk-bible.com- Paper crafts of: Bob the Tomato, Frankencelery, Jimmy the Gourd, Junior Asparagus, Larry the Cucumber, Larry Boy, Laura the Carrot, Mr. Lunt, Madame Blueberry, Peach, Percy the Pea

daniellesplace.com- Crafts: Bob the Tomato, Veggie Tales Balloons, Junior Asparagus Hat Holder, Veggie Tale Paper Weight, Jerry and Jimmy Gourd Craft

catholicicing.com- Bob the Tomato Toy

crafts.kaboose.com- Crafts: Carrot Pencil Topper, Cucumber Pencil Topper, Dancing Cucumber, Tomato Fan, Veggie Tales Puppets

familycrafts.about.com- Paper Mache Veggie Tales Pinata



Veggie Tales Games:

dltk-bible.com- Veggie Tales Bingo, Pin the nose on Bob the Tomato

dltk.bible.com- Veggie Tales Dominoes, Veggie Tales Memory Game

crafts.kaboose.com- Veggie Golf: Kids can turn their favorite Veggie Tales characters into a summer game of croquet with this corrugated plastic craft.

Bible Story Show Down Game- Jesus told us to help others. Help the Veggie Tales gang answer questions about Bible stories as you move around the board.



Veggie Tales Coloring, Puzzles & Worksheets:

veggietales.com- Coloring pages

coloringbookfun.com- 12 Veggie Tales coloring pages

ultimateveggie.com- 11 Veggie Tales coloring pages

*To make puzzles: You can print out coloring sheets on cardstock and have your children color them. Cut the pictures into simple shapes and put in a ziplock bag for safe keeping.


Boyz in the Sink (easy Sudoku puzzle)- VeggieTales:Easy Sudoku Puzzles #1 by Ron Eddy, page 5. (Click on Sample and go to page 5.)

The Story of Fibber-o-Loo (easy Sudoku puzzle)- VeggieTales:Easy Sudoku Puzzles #1 by Ron Eddy, page 9. (Click on Sample and go to page 9.)

Larry’s Lagoon (easy Sudoku puzzle)- VeggieTales:Easy Sudoku Puzzles #1 by Ron Eddy, page 10. (Click on Sample and go to page 10.)



Veggie Tales Party Ideas:

boardmanweb.com- Veggie Tales party ideas

kids-birthday-party-guide.com- Veggie Tales party ideas

daniellesplace.com- Veggie Tales party ideas





Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Catholic Books of the Bible Game




I adapted a Catholic version of this game to help students learn about the 73 books of the Bible (Catholic) and how the books are divided into categories. *Some Bibles may present variations of these categories, or they may group the books differently so I did not do the color coding sections like they did in the above game board. I did this game board in MS Word and you can change it any way you like. You may wish to adapt this activity to avoid confusion for your students and replace the Bible books and/or category names with the names your students have learned. You can also change the colors of the spaces and group the categories by colors on the game board.


How to play: On the first level, Each player rolls the dice and moves the number of spaces indicated. The player states the name of that book and its category and passes the dice to the next player. Players proceed down the winding path from Genesis to Revelation. The first player to reach FINISH wins. The 2nd and 3rd place winners follow respectively.

For small children, adults may pronounce the book when the child lands on it. After a while, teachers can call for volunteers to pronounce the book names. This will encourage children to learn the names. Children will enjoy rolling the dice and counting the spaces. This board game can be used in numerous ways to teach children:


1) to count the 73 books
2) read the names of each book
3) identify the colors on the board
4) spell the books of the Bible
5) spell the abbreviations of the books of the Bible


The younger children may be asked to indicate the color and/or the number of the book that they land on. The game is brightly colored, and the children will enjoy identifying the color or counting the spaces to tell the number of the book. It's the perfect preschool game. The adult may pronounce the name of the book for the young child. By hearing the names of the books as they play each day, they will soon be able to identify and read the names also.


*Other creative ideas to play the game are posted as well.


This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


Directions- Print out Directions

Game Board- (This game board is in MS Word. Feel free to use this game as is or modify it to suit your needs). Print out Game Board, trim, and glue on a large piece of cardboard or poster board. Laminate or cover with clear contact paper to make it last. (Start & Finish is in Colonna MT font. Text is in Comic Sans MS font. Title is in Harrington font.)

How to set up Game Board: Place page 1 and 2 side by side. Then put page 3 below page 1 and put page 4 below page 2.


Books of the Bible List- To check answers





Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Lapbooks





Here are some lapbooks that celebrate the meaning of Christmas. Download them for free and use what you want to make your own Christmas Lapbook.


homeschoolshare.com- The Legend of the Candy Cane

1plus1plus1equals1.com- Christmas Symbols Lapbook

lifeofahomeschoolmom.com- Christmas Lapbooks




Activities to put inside lapbook:
Birth of Jesus- word wall, Bible story with questions, songs and/or finger plays, activities, crafts, games, coloring, handwriting, mini books, puzzles, etc.

Birth of Jesus- vocabulary words, Bible story with questions, activities, crafts, games, puzzles, mazes, mini books, worksheets, etc.

Wise Men- vocabulary words, Bible story with questions, activities, crafts, games, puzzles, mazes, mini book, worksheets, etc.





Sunday, November 29, 2009

Lesson Plan- (Pre K - K): Birth of Jesus





Birth of Jesus (You can break this lesson down into 4 to cover the Birth of Jesus, The Shepherds, The Escape to Egypt, and the Wise Men.)


Objectives: The children will be able to
- retell the story of Jesus’ birth
- identify that Jesus was born in a stable and on Christmas



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson



Vocabulary Words:

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Christmas Word Wall (scroll down to this). 4 types to choose from. Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.

dltk-bible.com- Christmas Word Wall Word Templates (scroll down to bottom for this). Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words. Use the cards you want that are posted.



Plan:


Circle Time:

Read story: “A Baby In A Basket” (Snip and Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 22 & 24) and do cut outs as the story unfolds. Or you can use your own Bible story book.

Then ask some of the questions from below:

1. What town was Jesus born in? (Bethlehem)

2. Why did Joseph take Mary to Bethlehem? (To register so they could be taxed.)

3. Where was it that there was no room? (The inn.)

4. Where was Jesus born? (In a stable.)

5. How many Wise Men were there? (3)

6. Who came and brought gifts for Jesus? (The Three Wise Men.)

7. How did the Wise Men find Jesus? (They followed a very bright star.)

8. Why did Joseph take Mary and Jesus to Egypt? (So King Herod could not kill Jesus.)

9. When King Herod died where did Joseph take Mary and Jesus? (To live in Nazareth.)



Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: What town was Jesus born in?

Five Happy Shepherds (finger play)- Pray & Play Bible for Young Children by Group Publishing, page 101.

Going To Bethlehem, Christmas Is Jesus’ Birthday, Jesus Is Our Gift (songs)- Pray & Play Bible 2 by Group Publishing, page 111.

prekfun.com- Baby Jesus Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays

theholidayzone.com- Christmas Action Rhymes and Fingerplays for Children

ministry-to-children.com- Wise Men & Baby Jesus (Preschool Finger Play Song)

apples4theteacher.com- Songs and Christmas Carol Lyrics



Activities:

Introduce activities: Where was it that there was no room?

dltk-bible.com- The Christmas Story lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, etc.

clclutheran.org- The Birth of Jesus lesson with activities

hubbardscupboard.org- Celebrating the Birth of Christ (activities)

missionarlington.org- Your Savior is Born (scroll down to Preschool Lesson)
Luke 2:1-20



Crafts:

daniellesplace.com- Christmas Crafts for Kids (more pages at the bottom)


Introduce craft: Where was Jesus born? In a stable.

billybear4kids.com- Christmas Nativity
Scroll down to Christmas Nativity (Paper Doll Cut Outs)

mssscrafts.com- Stable background

Directions: Print out Christmas Nativity and stable background for students. Have students color Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, and the lamb and cut out. Glue characters on stable background.


fcpeace.com- Paper Bag Manger Scene
Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 49 – 52

catholicicing.blogspot.com- DIY Printable Nativity for Kids by Lacy
Complete directions and printable templates

Birth of Jesus Story Wheel- Children turn their story wheel dials to retell the Bible story they learned over and over again. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke. Directions on page 37 - 39, craft template on page 40 & 44.)

Christmas- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 33 & 34.)



Introduce crafts: How did the Wise Men find Jesus?

powerfulmothering.com- Craft Stick Stars
An easy and pretty star craft made out of paddle pop sticks (popsicle sticks), paint, and glitter.

hellokids.com- Popsicle Stick Star of David
A very simple star made out of 6 popsicle sticks.

dltk-holidays.com- Three Wisemen Paper Crafts

Potato Stars- Paint, glitter, and a potato can help make a beautiful night sky. Even though this comes from a preschool craft book, it is appropriate for older children to do. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke, page 53).

The Wise Men Visit Jesus- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 35 & 36.)



Other crafts-

Shine On- Students make punched-tin candleholders. (Bible Story Crafts & Projects Children Love by Kathy Ross, page 71).

noelnoelnoel.com- Festive Candle Holder
Cute, easy craft made out of a baby food jar and tissue paper. Tip: Make a mixture of half water and half glue in a paper cup. Paint with a paintbrush or a Q-tip a small area on each jar with the glue mixture, then cover the area with small pieces of tissue paper. Use a variety of colored paper to cover the entire jar with two or three layers of tissue paper. Coat the finished jar with thinned glue to seal.

Glitter and Sugar Ornament- A fun and easy way to make lots of pretty ornaments to decorate your Christmas Tree. A sample craft from Kathy Ross' book: The Best Holiday Crafts Ever!, page 144 & 145.

christiancrafters.com- Scroll down to Christmas & Advent



Games:

Introduce game: What town was Jesus born in? Bethlehem

mormonshare.com- Nativity Matching Game
Play Memory with these nativity cards.

lds.about.com- Nativity Cards
Go Fish game using pictures from the nativity including the baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the angel, shepherds, wise-men, and more. The object of the game is to get the most sets of four to win. More directions are at website. Open and print the pdf files either the two part color files or the b/w file. There are 8 different sets (four cards each) for a total of 32 nativity cards. If you have a large family/group print two sets and combine.

learningtreasures.com- Nativity Dominoes to print out and play

diva-girl-parties-and-stuff.com- Right, Left, Christmas Game
A fun way to review the story of the birth of Jesus.

sundayschoolnetwork.com- Christmas Games (8 Christmas games posted here)





Gifts For Baby Jesus File Folder Game: The object of this game is to be the first to collect gold, frankincense, and myrrh.




Snacks:

Introduce snack: Where was baby Jesus laid into?

dltk-kids.com- Edible Manger

sadlierreligion.com- We Believe
A Christmas Treat- Grade K, Chapter 14 (Pick the grade, type of visitor, and click on Go To. Look under Printable Activities and click on Chapters).



Introduce snack: How did the Wise Men find Jesus? They followed a very bright star.


pillsbury.com- Gingerbread Stars

keyingredient.com- Crispy Cheese Stars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Stars- Get a large star shaped cookie cutter and make star shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Spread peanut butter on star shaped crackers.



Coloring/Puzzles:

Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring.

sermons4kids.com- Jesus’ Birth (coloring page)

sermons4kids.com- Manger (coloring page)

sermons4kids.com- Jesus is Born (coloring page)

psscentral.com- A Baby in a Manger (mini book)

dltk-teach.com- The Life of Jesus (mini book)

lambsongs.co.nz- 9 Christmas booklets
Print these out for the children to color or print them in color.

C Christmas (handwriting)

first-school-ws- J Jesus (handwriting)

2teachingmommies.com- Nativity Unit with LOTS of printables

sermons4kids.com- The Birth of Jesus (maze)

sermons4kids.com- An Angel Appears To Mary (dot-to-dot)

christiananswers.net- One Night in Bethlehem (dot-to-dot)

christiananswers.net- The Manger (dot-to-dot)

christiananswers.net- The Wisemen’s Guiding Star (dot-to-dot)

tlsbooks.com- Star (tracing worksheet)
Trace the star and write what shape it is.

handwritingforkids.com- Star (tracing) worksheet

worksheetunivers.com- Color the stars according to the directions given.

Shepherd’s Visit (maze)- Bible Story Puzzles by Linda Standke page 21.

Jesus’ Birth (connect the pictures that go together)- Bible Story Puzzles by Linda Standke page 20.

A Bed of Straw (dot-to-dot)- Dot-To-Dot Bible Pictures by Linda Standke, page 16.

A Star Led Them (dot-to-dot)- Dot-To-Dot Bible Pictures by Linda Standke, page 17.

Magi Visit (dot-to-dot)- Bible Story Puzzles by Linda Standke, page 22.

Escape to Egypt (cut the pictures and glue together on another sheet of paper)- Bible Story Puzzles by Linda Standke, page 23.

Shepherds Find the Savior (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word PK-K by Linda Standke, page 18.

The Magi Seek Jesus (find the hidden pictures)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word PK-K by Linda Standke, page 19.

The Savior Is Born (dot to dot) page 80, Baby Jesus (circle hidden letters) page 81, Jesus’ Birth (connect the pictures) page 82, Baby Jesus Is Born (maze) page 83, A Bed of Straw (dot-to-dot) page 84, Shepherds Visit (maze ) page 85, Shepherds Find the Savior (hidden picture) page 86, Magi Visit (dot-to-to) page 87, The Magi Seek Jesus (hidden picture) page 88, A Star Led Them (dot-to-dot) page 89, Escape to Egypt (cut the pictures and glue together on another sheet of paper - puzzle) page 90- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK-K

An Angel Tells Good News- Connect the dots in the picture to see who brought Mary good news. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 9).

Joseph Cares for Mary- In the space draw a picture of what the angel told Joseph in his dream. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 10).

A Trip to Bethlehem- Look at the two pictures. The second picture has 6 missing parts. Circle the missing parts. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 12).

Angels Tell Shepherds the Good News- Match the angels. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 13).

Wise Men Visit Jesus- Find the matching pictures and draw lines to them. (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 14).

Go to Egypt- Help Joseph take Mary and Jesus to Egypt (maze). (Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 15).





Monday, November 23, 2009

Books of the Bible Activities





Activities to help your children remember the books of the Bible.


Be sure to adjust the activities to fit your faith teachings.



thereligionteacher.com- Ways to Help Students Learn the Books of the Bible

catholicicing.com- Catholic Books Of The Bible Resources For Kids- Song, Free Printables, and More!


Crafts:

armyfamilyok.wordpress.com- Books of the Bible – A Craft Project

daniellesplace.com- Folding Craft Sticks Books of the Bible Craft

catholicicing.com- Catholic books of the Bible bookmark (free printable) that your children can color and decorate however they wish



Flash Cards:

catholicicing.com- Books of the Bible Flash Cards (scroll down to this)



Games:

christianitycove.com- Books of the Bible Button Box Game

sundayschoolsources.com- Books of the Old & New Testament Bingo
This FREE set includes instructions, call cards, and 12 Bingo cards to practice the books of the Old & New Testament (Protestant).

bingocardcreator.com- Old Testament Books Bingo Cards
These cards are about Old Testament Books. They were made using such words as 1 Chronicles, 2 Samuel, Esther, Habakkuk, and Job.

bingocardcreator.com- New Testament Books Bingo Cards
These cards are about New Testament Books. They were made using such words as 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, 3 John, Hebrews, and Mark.

christiancrafters.com- Bible Book Name Game
In this noisy and rambunctious game, children will learn the books of the Bible and where to find them. *You can change this easily to Catholic books of the Bible.

christiancrafters.com- Bible Buster Relays
In this fun and lively action game, kids will learn the books of the Bible and have fun doing it!

kidssundayschool.com- Bible Detective
This activity will inspire children to investigate God's Word on a weekly basis for many months. *You can change this easily to Catholic books of the Bible.

christiancrafters.com- Bible Names Scramble
Players must unscramble the books of the Bible and put them back in order. A good memory game!

Books of the Bible Game- For this game, the players have to recite the books of the Bible, from the beginning to where they are on the board every time they move.

The Great Book Challenge- A Bible challenge game for the students that the prize could be changed to be anything the teacher wishes.

Books of the Bible Relay- Students will enjoy learning the books of the Bible by racing against other players to put them in the correct order. (The Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 85 - 94).

kidssundayschool.com- Books of the Bible Starboard: Recreate the design below on a large piece of poster board, and display in your classroom. The kids get excited when they are able to stick on another star. *You can change this easily to Catholic books of the Bible.

uncommoncourtesy.com- Books of the Bible Bingo
Catholic books of the Bible bingo game that you can buy.

daniellesplace.com- Books of the Bible Activities & Games

familyformationblog.net- Books of the Bible Race & Classifying the Books of the Bible Game (Catholic)

handsonbibleteacher.blogspot.com- Milk Caps Books of the Bible Memorizing
Collect milk caps with the books of the Bible on them. Put them in order or categorize them by the milk cap colors.

Books of the Bible (file folder game)- Help students learn about the 73 books of the Bible (Catholic) and how the books are divided into categories. This board game can be used in numerous ways to teach children:

1) to count the 73 books
2) read the names of each book
3) identify the colors on the board
4) spell the books of the Bible
5) spell the abbreviations of the books of the Bible

*Other creative ideas to play the game are posted as well.

books.google.com- 100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church: For Grades 1 to 8 by Ellen Rossini

Introduction to the Bible- page 32
Bible Book Relay- page 33
Find That Verse- page 33
The Word of God- page 34



Lap Books:

You can get ideas from these to make your own Catholic Books of the Bible Lapbook

lapbooklessons.com- Books of the Bible Lapbook (Protestant)

heartofwisdom.com- Books of the Bible Lapbook Game (Protestant)

watermark.currclick.com- Books of the Bible Primary Lapbook (Protestant)



Mini Books:

lapbooklessons.com- Old and New Testament Mini Books
This is a set of Bible Story Mini Books. The first goes through key stories in the Old testament, and the second goes through the life of Jesus in the New Testament. These are available in Black and White only. (Protestant)



Puzzles:

applesaucekids.com- Old Testament Books of the Bible (word search)

applesaucekids.com- Books of the New Testament (word search)

cob-net.org- Find Books Of The Bible
Read the following paragraphs and try to locate the names of twenty-seven (27) books of the Bible. Each name may span more than one word, or be confined within a larger word, so look diligently! (Protestant)

home.snu.edu/- Hidden Bible Book Names
Can you find 16 Books of the Bible in this paragraph?

fillthevoid.org- Learn the Books of the Bible
Several different puzzles to choose from to print.

qualint.com- Old and New Testament puzzles

lds.about.com- Mixed Word Puzzle: Books from the Old Testament

lds.about.com- Mixed Word Puzzle: Books from the New Testament

mycatholicsource.com- Catholic Books of the Old Testament (word search)

mycatholicsource.com- Catholic Books of the New Testament (word search)

mycatholicsource.com- Catholic Books of the Old Testament (crossword)

mycatholicsource.com- Catholic Books of the New Testament (crossword)

4catholiceducators.com- Catholic Books of the New Testament (crossword)



Songs:

carolfisher.com- CD with Books of the Bible Song (Catholic)



Worksheets:

kidssundayschool.com- New and Old Testament handouts (Protestant)
*You can change this easily to Catholic books of the Bible.

100 Activities Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church: For Grades 1 to 8 by Ellen Rossini-

The Various Books of the Bible- page 34 - 36
Abbreviations for Books of the Bible- page 37





Thursday, November 19, 2009

Advent Lapbooks





Make an Advent lapbook to celebrate the Advent season. They can easily be adjusted to fit your needs.

www.box.net- Advent Lapbook

showerofroses.blogspot.com- Advent Lap Book (this is a lapbook that you can buy, but it can give you lots of great ideas to make your own)

threesidedwheel.wordpress.com- Advent Lapbook (Printable)

mommyhoodadventures.blogspot.com- Christmas and Advent Lapbooks and Activities



Advent activities that can be used to make Lapbooks:

Advent- word wall, Bible story with questions, songs and/or finger plays, activities, crafts, games, coloring, handwriting, mini books, puzzles, etc.

Advent- vocabulary words, Bible story with questions, activities, crafts, games, mini books, puzzles, mazes, worksheets, etc.

The Catholic Toolbox- Advent Activities & More

Make Your Own Mini Books- templates to make your own mini books to put into your lapbooks





Tuesday, November 17, 2009

FREE 12 Days of Christmas Lapbook





Here are the directions from various resources on how to do the lapbook. These can give you lots of great ideas to make your own.


*Be sure to adjust them to fit your faith teachings.


homeschoolshare.com- Protestant

showerofroses.blogspot.com- a Catholic version of the lapbook





Twelve Days of Christmas Memory Game





This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. (All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on this game are not my own and are from various internet sources.)


12 Days of Christmas Memory Game- Print out 2 copies to play Memory.





Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lesson Plan- (Pre K - K): Advent





Advent


Objective: The children will be able to
- identify who God promised to send to be our Savior
- retell the story of Mary and the Angel
- identify who Jesus’ mother was
- explain that Advent as a time before Christmas
- identify how many violet, rose, and white candles are on the Advent Wreath
- identify what color the last candle is lit on the Advent Wreath and on what day



Review:
Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson.



Vocabulary Words:

dltk-bible.com- Christmas Word Wall Word Templates (scroll down to bottom for this). Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words. Use the cards you want that are posted.

christianpreschoolprintables.com- Christmas Word Wall (scroll down to this). 4 types to choose from.



Plan:


Circle Time:


Read your story “Mary and the Angel”.


Then ask some of the questions from below:

1. Where did Mary live? (In Bethlehem, In Nazareth)

2. Who was Mary engaged to be married to? (Joseph, Moses)

3. What did Joseph do for a living? (He was a shepherd, He was a carpenter.)

4. When an angel appeared to Mary, how did she feel? (She was frightened,
She was happy.)

5. Who told Mary that she was going to have a baby and he was going to be the Son of God? (The angel Gabriel, The angel Michael.)

6. What did Mary say when she was asked to have the Son of God? (Yes, No)

7. What was Mary told to name this child? (Jesus, Moses)

8. When Joseph found out that Mary was with child, what did he do? (Nothing,
Called off the wedding.)

9. What changed Joseph’s mind? (His family, During a dream an angel told him that he should marry her and that her son was the Son of God.)

10. What did the angel say that Jesus would do? (Become a fisherman,
He would save people from God’s punishment for the bad things they had done.)




Write the word Advent on the board. Say to the children:

Do you know this word? Advent is the special time before Christmas. It is the season of the Church year during which we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ coming as our savior. Christmas is the day that Jesus was born and it is the day we celebrate His birth. Advent is the four weeks (hold up 4 fingers) before Christmas. Each Sunday during Advent we light a candle and we say a prayer.




Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: What is the special time before Christmas called?

childrenofgod.esd.net- Advent Song


Advent Song:
Sung to: "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"

Advent is a time to wait
Not quite time to celebrate
Light the candles one by one
Till the advent time is done
Christmas day will soon be here
Time for joy and time for cheer.




Activities:

Introduce activities: What is the special time before Christmas called?

brighthub.com- Winter Holidays Around the World: A Multicultural Kindergarten Holiday Unit: Advent

newchurchvineyard.org- The Angel Appeared To Mary lesson with crafts

missionarlington.org- An Angel Visits Mary lesson with ideas for story

newchurchvineyard.org- The Angel Appears to Mary lesson with craft

clclutheran.org- Announcing Jesus’ Birth lesson

missionarlington.org- A Virgin Will Have A Baby: Promises Kept (scroll down to Preschool lesson on page 4 & 5)



Crafts:

Introduce craft: What is an Advent wreath? (It reminds us that we are waiting and preparing for the coming of the Savior, Jesus.)

Discuss on the board (show students what color each candle is) and review how an Advent Wreath is lit and in what order. Students make Advent Wreath.

Advent Wreath (coloring sheet)

catholicmom.com- Advent Wreath Craft
No burn, construction paper wreath that is made with your child's handprints. (You can also add a white construction paper candle in the middle of the wreath. Do not cut out a hole in the center of the paper plate so you can glue the white construction paper candle in the middle.)

familycrafts.about.com- Advent Hand Print Wreath Craft

christiancrafters.com- No Flame Advent Wreath

catholicicing.com- Advent Wreath Craft for Catholic Kids

catholicinspired.com- Easy Advent Wreath

crayola.com- Advent Wreath Placemat Craft


Introduce craft: Advent as a time before Christmas. How can we count down the days until Christmas?

Advent Calendar- A take home Advent calendar that you make. (Big Book of Ideas for Children’s Faith Formation, by McNamara, McKeever, and Robinson, page 7 & 8).

Printable Nativity Advent Chain by catholicicing.blogspot.com- Easy project to do with little ones. Just print it out and make the chain. Every day, it comes with a reading from the Nativity Story, and then you glue a character to the chain.

hubbardscupboard.org- Advent Chain with Verses & Activities
Make a 25 loop Patterned Chain with verses and activities listed for each day, detaching one chain each day leading up to Christmas day. Read and meditate on the verse throughout the day. Read the Scripture passages or story book mentioned and do the activity!

Printable Advent Chain- Print out pattern on colored paper. Have students cut into strips. Build your paper chain stapling the strips with a stapler in the correct order. Each day you tear off a piece of the chain that corresponds to the date and do the activity. Before you know it, it will be Christmas day! Print out pattern on colored paper. Have students cut into strips. Build your paper chain stapling the strips with a stapler in the correct order. Each day you tear off a piece of the chain that corresponds to the date and do the activity. Before you know it, it will be Christmas day.



Games:

Introduce game: Mary had some good news to tell. What was her good news?

daniellesplace.com- Mary Tells Her Good News


Introduce game: What do you know about Advent? Let’s find out.

Advent Adventure- Take the children on an Advent adventure. (Big Book of Ideas for Children’s Faith Formation, by McNamara, McKeever, and Robinson, page 6).




This game is free, however it is only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of any materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted.


Advent Wreath (file folder game)- The object of the game is to color all of the Advent wreath correctly.




To Play: Place 2 small baskets or boxes on the table to put cards in. Put the cards in one basket (the other basket will be for discards). Give each player a copy of the “Advent Wreath Coloring Sheet”. Place your markers on START. Roll the die and move that many spaces. Follow the directions on the space you land on. If the player lands on a “?”, they draw a card and they can color one of their candles on their Advent Wreath Coloring Sheet the correct color. If they do not need that color on their wreath, they do nothing. If a player lands on a space with the leaves, they may color some of the greenery on their wreath. When a player has completely colored their Advent Wreath Coloring Sheet correctly, he/she is the winner. Play continues until all players have colored their sheets.



Snacks:

catholicculture.org-

Introduce snack: Stir Up Sunday

Rich Fruit Cake

Dried Fruit Bread

Dutch Treat- This Advent cookie from the Netherlands is full of the rich flavor of Dutch chocolate.


annes-recipes.com- Advent Cookies

Edible Advent Wreath by catholicicing.blogspot.com



Coloring/Puzzles:

Prayers while students are doing coloring and/or puzzles.

ministry-to-chilren.com- Printable Advent Coloring Pages for Kids

coloringbookfun.com- Advent Calendar
Students can count down the days until Christmas by coloring the calendar.

Advent Wreath (coloring sheet)

sermons4kids.com- Candle of Hope (coloring)

sermons4kids.com- Candle of Peace (coloring)

sermons4kids.com- Candle of Joy (coloring)

sermons4kids.com- Candle of Love (coloring)

sermons4kids.com- An Angel Visits Mary (coloring)

suite101.com- An Angel Visits Mary (coloring)
(Scroll down to bottom for this.)

christiananswers.net- Mary and the Angel Gabriel (coloring)



The activity below is free; however it can only to be used for classroom and personal use. It may not be published on any websites or other electronic media, or distributed in newsletters, bulletins, or any other form or sold for profit. Reproduction or retransmission of this, in whole or in part, in any manner, is not permitted. *All graphics/images/clipart etc. used on this activity are not my own and are from various internet sources.



Advent- Mini book for the children to color.


An Angel With Good News (mini book)- New Testament Take-Home Bible Stories: Easy-to-Make, Reproducible Mini-Books That Children Can Make & Keep!, Preschool - Grade 2 by Thomas C. Ewald, page 7. (Click on Sample and go to page 7.)

Advent (handwriting sheet)

sermons4kids.com- Christmas Candle (dot-to-dot)

An Angel Tells Good News (dot to dot)- Big Puzzles for Little Hands: Jesus’ Life and Lessons by Carla Williams, page 9.

Mary’s Good Answer (find the hidden picture)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s World PK-K by Linda Standke, page 17.

Mary’s Good Answer (hidden pictures) page 78, A Visit From an Angel (color by number) page 79- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK-K