It would have been so amazing to be there at the time when the Magi came to visit Joseph, Mary, and Jesus.
As the kids entered into the room, we had these coloring sheets out for them to use. My preschoolers LOVE to color so it is nice to always have this option...plus, they do like routine. When I don't have a coloring sheet laying out for them, they look at me cross-eyed and ask, "Where is our picture, Mrs. Cook!?" Ha...so I better stick with what they like.
Once all the kids have been checked into class and they've had enough time to color, we moved over to the reading area for our singing and story time. We usually spend a little more time on the singing since this is one of their favorite things to do. We keep it pretty simple but I do try to sneak in a new song from time to time.
Here are their all-time favorites (classics but still just as popular):
"Jesus Loves Me" - We do the sign language movements with this one
"This Little Light of Mine" - Their favorite verse is about "Hiding It Uunder a Bushel, NO". Haha!
"The Lord's Army" - We sing this atleast 3-4 times through. If I forget this song, they always remind me.
We read through last week's story and added the next part on the Wise Men. This is a great way to review from the previous week and add a little bit of newer information.
We talked briefly about why the Wise Men (they were commonly referred to as the Magi) may have given Jesus these 3 gifts and what they actually were. Gold-because it is valuable and Jesus was a King, Frankincense-because it was a highly valued oil and used in priestly roles of the church, and Myrrh-this was a common and important incense for funerals and burials. They may have been familiar with the important prophesies of the Old Testament about Jesus' eventual death and resurrection.
(This is the condensed preschool version)
These Wise Men were obviously well versed in both the Scriptures and in Astronomy. They knew when the Star of David was in position to signal Christ's birth and understood how to follow it through the night sky towards Bethlehem. Their names were thought to have been Melchior (he brought the Gold), Caspar (he brought the Frankincense), and Balthasar (he brought the myrrh).
We then moved over to the table to make our Wise Men Picture. I had pre-cut different colored triangles, Light Tan Circles, and 3 varying shaped crowns. The kids were given these to glue onto their paper to form the 3 Magi. I even gave them the verse Luke 2:11 "For Unto You is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord". They could glue this on their page as well. The kids added faces and stars in the sky with crayons.
We kept snack simple...first, washing hands, then saying a prayer thanking God for our food. The kids enjoyed animal crackers this week and had to count how many camels they could find out of all their crackers. They had fun finding and counting them.
We ended by giving each kiddo a set of the 3 Magi Gift Ornaments. We didn't finish these up but they were sent home for the kids to complete at home. I printed out the black and white version of the FREE Printable from the sundayschoolcrafts website. There is a color version you can print out for FREE too. Once the kids color them, laminating them would be a super nice touch!
Click on the picture of the ornaments to print out your FREE copy!
Hope you have a VERY Merry Preschool Christmas!
Hallelujah, A Savior is Born!