10 Dec Gifts from God Christmas Activity
Moms with good intentions
If you are anything like me, you intended to begin your advent calendar and countdown to Christmas activities on December 1st. But like most of this year, time flew by and before you knew it, December 1st came and went. You planned to pull it together for December 2nd, and now, you’ve looked up and it’s already December 9th! It’s okay.
I know, the perfectionist in me wants to put it off and try again next year, but the Holy Spirit in me is telling me to keep going. I’ve become convinced that this is why they came up with 12-days of Christmas. We can do this! We have one week to gather supplies and I’ll help you with a daily activity. Join our family as we focus our hearts and minds on Christ for the holiday season!
It’s the most wonderful time of year
As parents, most of us do our best to make sure we place emphasis on the real meaning of Christmas. We increase our conversations about the birth of Jesus, read our children stories, and follow up with discussions after church. Many of our children know the Christmas story inside-and-out and can retell it by age five.
As I have continued to grow in my relationship with The Lord, I have desired the same spiritual growth for my children. Head knowledge is important but more than anything I want them to have heart knowledge and wisdom of who Jesus Christ is to them.
With this goal before me, last year I set out to find a fun and simple way for our children to grow in relationship with Jesus. I wanted them to enjoy celebrating the birth Jesus while learning more about who He truly is. As I was searching and praying, I came across a fun idea from Our Out-of-Sync Life.
Using legos and her desire for her children to fall in love with Jesus, Heidi created an amazing Lego Christmas Activity. From this activity, my children learned a different characteristic of Jesus for 25 days. Each day, I wrapped a lego in wrapping paper, hid it, and allowed them to find and open it. We then discussed each characteristic and read a coinciding scripture. Adding a lego each day, to create a Christmas tree was icing on the cake. Heidi also included an activity workbook for all of her subscribers. The workbook included coloring pages, Christmas songs, games, and baking activities.
My children had so much fun with this activity, this year they requested to do another. As a family, we have decided to continue Heidi’s impressing Christ in Christmas tradition.
Gifts from God Through Christ Jesus Christmas Activity
After a lot of thought and time spent with the Lord, I came up with another idea to help my children understand a little more about God’s love, and the amazing gift of Christ Jesus our King.
To daily focus on a gift from God, so that our children better understand who God is, and how He loves us so much that He is constantly giving us gifts freely because we are His children. Second, for our children to understand that He gave us the greatest gift we could ever receive, our Savior – Jesus Christ. Last, to continue traditions that draw our family together while growing closer to Christ. And ultimately, like Heidi’s Lego Christmas Activity, the goal is to continue impressing Christ in the hearts of our children (Our Out-of-Sync Life).
“So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.” ~Matthew 7:11 (NLT)
- We are using the 3″ Small Square Paper Mache Boxes with Lids to create our miniature tree. You can continue to use legos, paper strips, etc. This serves as our “Advent Calendar” or countdown to Christmas day.
- I will attach the boxes with a glue gun. Legos are the more simple choice, but I decided to try something new. Depending on your choice of materials above, you may desire to use something else.
- So that the kids have something to open each day, I will wrap each box in wrapping paper.
- Sharpie to write on the paper mache boxes.
As I mentioned before, each day the children will enjoy unwrapping a box, discussing a gift from God, an activity, and scripture reading.
Day 1 – Life
Scripture: Genesis 2:7, Job 33:4
Activity: Make people out of clay/Play-Doh and dirt
Day 2 – Nature
Scripture: Genesis 1, Psalm 8:3
Activity: Go for a nature walk and complete a scavenger hunt
Day 3 – Love
Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3, 1 John 4:7, 10, 16, and 19
Activity: Sing Jesus Loves Me and discuss appropriate ways to show love to others. Choose one person to show love towards today.
Day 4 – Grace
Scripture: Ephesians 2:8-9, Ephesians 4:7, James 4:6
Activity: Mark a starting and finish line and explain that the kids will run to see who is the fastest. You will time them individually. When the fastest child has been identified, ask the children to consider who should get the “prize” — the fastest runner, the slowest or neither. Note their response. Next, use painters tape to mark a horizontal line on the wall about six feet from the floor. You will then see who can jump six feet high. Note that none of the children could jump 6′ high.
Ask the children to consider who should get the “prize” because none of them could jump as high as was necessary. Note their response and explain exactly what grace is. The fastest child wouldn’t get the “prize” just because he/she won the race. Any child can get the “prize” even though he/she couldn’t jump 6′ high. Using these examples of who is the fastest and who can jump 6′ high, impress upon the children that grace cannot be earned. (Activity idea from childrensbulletins.com)
Day 5 – Mercy
Scripture: Ephesians 2:4-5, Psalm 145:8, Matthew 5:7
Activity: Divide a sheet of paper into eight boxes. In each box write a scenario (i.e. Lying to your parents, breaking someone’s toy on purpose, hitting someone at school, yelling at your parents, etc.) Ask your child to come up with an expected punishment for each box on the paper. Then tell them to write the punishment on a sticky note and place it over the box (depending on their age, you can help with this).
Once completed, discuss the definition of mercy (withholding a deserved punishment) in view of God’s mercy on us. Ask the children to take each sticky note off and write “MERCY” in each box. Tell the children it is God’s mercy that protects us from the ultimate penalty of our sin (being forever separated from Him and spending eternity in hell). Also emphasize that God’s mercy gives us more time to repent, ask for forgiveness, and enter into a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. (Activity idea from kidssundayschool.com)
And the list goes on!
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