Sunday, December 21, 2008

Christmas Nativity

Book Ideas: What star is this? By Joseph Slate
"As Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem, another journey was taking place. High above the earth, a comet flew through the atmosphere with a purpose. Past smiling planets and reverent constellations it flew -- a magical light to show the way for the Wise Men to find Baby Jesus."

Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson
"Unhappy in his cramped, cold hole, Mortimer Mouse moves into a nativity scene thinking it is the perfect home for him, until he discovers who truly belongs there."

The Christmas Story by Patricia A. Pingry
"This little book, in only about 200 words, tells the story of the trip to Bethlehem, the birth of Christ, and the angels' announcement to the shepherds of the birth of the Savior."

Songs and Rhymes:

Silent Night
Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon Virgin
Mother and Child
Holy Infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour is born
Christ, the Saviour is born

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head
The stars in the heaven
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes
I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side,'Til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray
Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there

Activity Ideas:

Idea #1: Paper Angel

Read one of the Nativity Books and then make an angel art project. You'll need white paper, yellow paper, a paper doilie and a yellow pipe cleaner. (If you don't have the doilie or pipe cleaner, just substitute it with colored paper or whatever else you might have that might give a similar look). Cut out a small circle from the white paper, a large triangle from the yellow paper, and cut the paper doilie in half.
Have your child glue all their pieces on colored paper.

Let them decorate their angel with glitter glue, sequins, etc.. and draw on a face.

Idea #2: Mini Manger
Read one of the book titles and then help your child make their own mini manger and baby Jesus. You will need an empty juice box(any small size box will do), some brown paper, glue, some toilet paper, some spanish moss or raffia for the hay (If you don't have either of these on hand, use more toilet paper or whatever. It might even be fun to ask your child what you could use around the house for the hay and see what they come up with), and some sort of round head for the baby(I used a wooden dowel end because I had it on hand. Find something around your house--A bottle cap, a round walnut, a large button, or even a thick cardboard circle cut from an old cereal box).
First you will need to trace all the sides of the juice box, so you have enough cutouts to cover the inside and outside of your box. Cut out one of the large sides of your juice box. Rinse it out and dry with a paper towel.

Cut out all your brown side pieces (If your child is 3 and up, let them help cut and practice their fine motor skills). Then let your child glue all the brown pieces on the inside and outside of the box. (You definitely don't need as much glue as my daughter used in the photo!)

Then glue in some "hay". I let the girls choose either spanish moss or raffia. Again, use whatever you have on hand and ask your child to help brainstorm what you could use.

Then, roll up some toilet paper into a little bundle and glue the head on the top, pushing it down inside the bundle a little. I used a wooden dowel because I had it on hand. Again, use what you can find around the house for the head--A bottle cap, a walnut, a large button, a circle cut out from a cardboard cereal box etc...

Add a face and lie your baby Jesus in the manger. My 2 year old was kissing her baby and singing to it by the time it was completed.

Idea #3: Craft Stick Star

Read one of the book titles and then make a star like the one at Bethlehem. You'll need six craft sticks, yellow paint, and some glitter and sparkles to make your star shine.
Glue the star together in advance and let dry. (I painted the back of the sticks too, but you don't have to).

Give your child the star and let them paint it yellow.

Decorate it with sequins or glitter and then let it all dry. (We put glue right on top of the wet paint).

When it's all dry you can put a string through it and hang it.

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