This is the day that the Lord has made! We will rejoice and be glad in it!
Before i gave them the Sensory Bin for re-enactment and play, i took out our memory cards on
Romans 3: 23 ‘For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.’ and Romans 6:23, ‘ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’
I proceeded to ask them if they know why Jesus is so special, and the significance of his birth. I went through step by step with them using the above verses on the result of sin, being death, which is why there is a need for a saviour. By our own human works, or beliefs we cannot escape death due to sin. Therefore, we need a saviour to take our sins on behalf of us and die for us so that we can be free from our sins. Because Jesus who was without sin (fully man and fully God) died for us, we are able to be free from our sins. He did not just die, but rose again after three days which meant victory from death. Therefore whoever believes in Him will have eternal life. I drew some pictures to illustrate these points. Earlier on, i have already taught them about the gospel and they have also invited Jesus into their lives. Now it is another lesson on learning the deeper truths along the way and being re assured of their salvation. My eldest was able to link the memory verses to the birth of Jesus, whereas my second one was still quite confused. I just picked no. 2 up and hugged him, reassuring him that in time to come, he will slowly understand more of God’s plan and prayed together. Then we started our nativity activity.
I read the last part of the story book on Christ’s birth and it ended with the wisemen’s gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. With this, i introduced the quick facts on Frankincense and Myrrh through printed out photos of the trees, tree barks and granules. I had hidden the cut up facts inside the sensory bin and covered them with oats and leftover beans. They had to search for the pictures and words and match them to the black and white cards i gave them. This game got them very excited and they also learnt some facts.
Next, i led the song Long time ago in Bethlehem to refresh their sequence of the story and used our shakers for a good rhythm beat to sway to!
I had lots of gold parts (given by a good ex-colleague) and made a look a like version of Frankincense and Myrrh using course salt granules (added own colouring)
We began our re-enactment using the shakers and angel that we made. I asked what happened next questions and the boys provided the details. A few examples below.
Wisemen brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
As we went through the process of making all these, i find my own thoughts being directed back very frequently to Jesus himself. I hadn’t realise the power of making our own nativity scene until i lay my eyes on them every time i enter the living room. I.e, the power to redirect my thoughts back to Christ Himself. I had bought a nativity scene from Spain and it was a beautiful bronze set. That beautiful set didn’t set me thinking much before, but this handmade set made me experience the love and warmth of Jesus’ birth right in our home.
Let Jesus Reign in our christian homes this Christmas!
More Christmas Ideas @
- A Homeschool Mum (Like her What’s in a Name ideas for a Christ Centred Christmas)
- Lessons Learnt Journal (10 nativity scenes activities)
- The Imagination Tree (She collated 50 traditions from all over on how people celebrate Christmas)
- Happy Hooligans ( Simple, fast and fun crafts for all to enjoy and make own ornaments)