- True Meaning of Christmas Activities for Little Learners
From church activities to going to see Santa to eating at all the family houses, it can be difficult to teach your little ones about the true meaning of Christmas. I have found that it is easier to have little conversations here and there to help guide them into discovering the wonder of Jesus’s birth on their own.
We do a lot of hands-on activities as well as a few worksheets so that my little ones discover this on their own. We have a few go-tos whenever we have a few minutes here and there.
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Activity 1: Human Board Game about the True Meaning of Christmas
My first favorite activity is to do a giant human game with color paper and some cards. This is a great way to practice many skills while also getting their bodies to move around. We all know the more they move, the better it is for everyone.
First, I print out the colored cards as well as the special squares and the smaller cards. I go ahead and laminate them so that we can use them multiple times.
Once we have everything pulled out I have my kids set up the game board. Then put the cards in a design and add the start and finish as well as all the special cards. I put the smaller calling cards off to the side on a table.
Playing the Game
The kids line up on the start. I pull out a card and read it to them. They move the number of squares that the calling card says. If they get a calling card with a special square picture, they move to that square no matter where they were on the board. The first one to the end wins!!
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Activity 2: Hide and Seek to Discuss the True Meaning of Christmas
Another great game we play, to teach the true meaning of Christmas, is hide and seek with our nativity set. We have a great kids’ nativity set that has Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the Shepherds, the Wisemen, and tons of animals. I have my kids close their eyes and I hid the characters in our play area. Once I have hidden them, they open their eyes and find all the characters. Once we find all the characters, we talk about the different characters. We keep playing by rotating who gets to hide and who gets to find. This helps us reinforce the true meaning of Christmas by continually talking about Jesus being born. This usually leads to conversations about Jesus’s ministry and his death.
Activity 3: Memory Verse Copywork to learn about the True Meaning of Christmas
Another way to learn about the true meaning of Christmas is to practice memory verses about Jesus’s birth and we do this through copy work. We use this memory verse for our entire Christmas Bible Lesson from Teaching the Bible so they are practicing it for an entire month.
This is also great way for my kids to learn that the Bible is true and relevant in their lives.
In my copy work, there are tracing sheets as well as true copy pages in both manuscript and cursive. This can help you make it fit for your family.
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If you love these hands-on activities that teach your littlest littles about Jesus’s Birth, then you would love my Teaching the Bible: The Christmas Story Bible Unit. This bible unit has 4 lessons from Mary finding out about Jesus to the family running away from an angry king. Each lesson has 6 activities and Bible verse motions (Luke 2:11) to help your child understand the true meaning of Christmas. Read more about it by clicking on the image below.
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Alyssa Riggan is a stay-at-home mom of three kids, a 6 year old girl and a 3 year old boy and a 6 month old baby boy. She started homeschooling when her oldest was 2 years old and hasn’t stopped yet. With three kids, the family is always on the go between co-ops, playdates, church and other events in town. Alyssa says she runs on caffeine and Jesus! She has a bible curriculum that helps families with young kids learn about the entire Bible with a hands-on approach including even the littlest of littles.