Angels and the Star of David!
"And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.'
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.'
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.'
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told."
An angel appeared followed by a group of angels to the shepherds, so this proved that they had a very important message to give to them. YES! Our Savior's Birth is TRULY a VERY Important MESSAGE! We don't know the names of the angels or how many there were of them, but in the Bible it says that it was a great company (which would mean A LOT) - so it would have been an amazing experience!
As the kids entered into the room, I put out another coloring page to start.
This is what they colored:
The kids LOVE singing time...so like last week, we sang the songs that were our favorites. Check out last week's lesson on the Magi HERE!
We reviewed the past 2 weeks of stories and then moved on to the Angels and the importance of the Star. It is sometimes referred to as the Star of Bethlehem or the Star of David. We know that Astronomy and using the stars for mapping was important for navigation and many other things in those times. God showed us in the Old Testament Prophesies about the importance of the coming birth of the Savior. Even the STARS were involved!
The Wise Men had seen an unusual new star in the sky, and knew that it told of the birth of a special King in Israel. But what did they see? The Bible says they 'saw it in the east' and then when they were in Jerusalem that it 'went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was'. AMAZING!
We even talked about what we thought the Shepherds were feeling when the sky lit up with all those Angels! It was in the middle of the night but the LIGHT that filled the sky was probably brighter than the SUN!
God went all out with making sure everyone knew how truly Magnificent and Magestic this GOOD NEWS was! HIS SON was born and it was TRULY an important message...lifesaving!
We moved over to the table to start some messy fun! You'll need Blue (or any color really) Construction Paper, Glitter, Coffee Filters, and Glue Sticks. The kids were making Angel Christmas Cards to share the Good News with someone.
- First, Fold the Blue Paper in half and give one to each child.
- To make the Body and Wings, you just cut a Coffee Filter in half, then cut the halves in half. This would give you 6 triangles. Each child should be given 3 triangles. One for the body and 2 for the wings.
- Cut out Tan circles for each
- The last step is to help the kids put a ring of glitter over the circles once they were glued on to the paper.
We then moved on to making STARS!
So after the Cards, I gave each child a pre-made popsicle stick star. I had made them at home to make sure the glue was dry for the kids to decorate. I found that the Craft Glue was the best to use for these.
Each kiddo was able to pick out their own glitter and decorate. It is easiest to do this over paper plates (and having a few helpers).
The last step is to add a piece of curling ribbon through the top loop so the kids can hang their star on their Christmas tree! Perfecto...a cute, easy, and colorful Star Ornament!
We kept snack simple...first, washing hands, then saying a prayer thanking God for our food. The kids enjoyed Pretzels and Cheeze Crackers. The kids could make stars out of their pretzels. :) They have fun being given a challenge as they snack away.
With the little time we had left, the kids played a game of "Duck, Duck, Goose" over in the story time area. We modified it to be "Sheep, Sheep, Star" just to spice the game up a bit. :)
I hope your preschoolers have as much fun as mine did!