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Christmas Nativity Preschool Centers

Christmas Nativity Preschool Centers   A couple of years ago, I made a Christmas Nativity Preschool Centers packet. I never got around to blogging about it then, so I thought I would do it now.   PLEASE NOTE: This blog post contains sample pages from my Christmas Nativity Preschool Centers. You can download the free sample pages by clicking on the photos. To purchase the complete Christmas Nativity Preschool Centers packet, please click here!   1. Fine motor practice mat – Christmas Star To prepare the mat for use, print and then laminate it for durability. You will need to supply children with pom-poms, gems, beads, beans or any other small objects that will fit inside the circles. The aim of this activity is for children to place a small object in each of the circles.   2. Write and Wipe pre-writing Christmas cards: left to right To prepare the cards for use in a write and wipe center, print and laminate them, and then cut them apart. The cards can be kept in a book-like format by using a hole punch to make a hole in the top left corner and securing together with a key ring or a pipe-cleaner. Using a white board (dry-erase) marker, children are required to trace the lines on the card starting on the left and progressing towards the right.   3. Wise Men letter match Print, laminate and cut out all the pieces. Attach the gifts to the end of a clothes peg. The aim of this activity is for children to math the upper and lower case letters.   3. Missing letters Clip It! Christmas stars To prepare the cards for use, print and laminate them, and then cut them apart. Print the alphabet stars and cut them out. Attach each star to the end of a clothes peg. Alternatively, you can write the letters using a permanent marker on the pegs, or stick on some alphabet stickers. The aim of this activity is for children to identify the missing letter and to clip the correct letter in the missing spot to complete the alphabet sequence.   4. Beginning Sounds Clip It! cards – gifts from the wise men To prepare the cards for use, print and laminate them, and then cut them out. Cut out each letter circle out and attach them to the end of a peg (or bottle caps). The aim of this activity is for children to... read more

Sunday School Isaac, the Son of Promise

Sunday School Lesson 14: Isaac, the Son of Promise   We started lesson 14, Isaac, the Son of Promise, by talking about the promises God had made to Abraham. (You can read about Lesson 13 here.) We then had a brief discussion about how sometimes we have to wait to receive the things promised to us. Perhaps we are promised a holiday or a special gift for our birthday or Christmas – but, maybe, there is some waiting involved. And sometimes it’s really hard to wait for the things promised to us. We told our kiddos that Abraham and Sarah had to wait for God to fulfill the promises He had made to them. We then read “The Visitors” and “A Bride for Isaac” from the Beginner’s Bible. We told our kiddos that Abraham and Sarah had to wait over 20 years for the little baby God had promised them! During this time, they became impatient and started to wonder whether God was going to keep his promise, but, just at the right time, God gave Abraham and Sarah the little baby he had promised them. This was the special baby through whom God would keep all the other promises made to Abraham. (We brought out the craft from Lesson 13 and pointed to each section as we talked about it.) When Isaac grew up, he had kids of his own, and then they had kids and so on, and that’s how God kept the first promise. Then, God gave all those people a place to live, and so God kept his second promise and then, God sent Jesus to be born in that place, keeping His third promise.     We finished the lesson by reminding the children that sometimes we have to wait for God to keep His promises. That doesn’t mean that He has forgotten about us. It means that God is waiting for just the right time to bring into fulfillment what He has promised. And it’s important for us to keep trusting that God will do what He says He will do because, as we have seen time and time again, God always keeps His promises. The kiddos then colored a coloring page as their activity (pictured above) and, because it was such a short lesson, we also sang “Father Abraham had many sons.” And this is the take home page. Please click here to download the craft and take home book in English. Please... read more

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