Find a baby doll or stuffed animal. Wrap the baby in cloths similar to what Jesus was wrapped in. Take a long piece of fabric about six inches wide and wrap around the doll similar to a mummy. If you don’t have fabric, use toilet paper to get the idea across. Babies were washed and rubbed with salt after they were born to clean them. Then, they were wrapped in cloth (called swaddling cloth in some translations) tightly to feel safe and secure.
Read: While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2: 6-7
Ask: Did Jesus do all the things that babies do? (Cry, sleep, need a diaper change) How do you think Mary took care of Jesus? Do you think it was difficult because he was in a manger and they were probably where animals are usually kept?
Pray: Thank you Jesus for coming to earth as a baby. Help us to remember that Christmas is about your birth.
Other things to do:
*Look at baby pictures of family members. Have parents talk about birth stories of each of the kids (or gotcha days if the kids are adopted).
*Sing “Away in a Manger” together. Do you think Jesus cried?
*Make a manger with straw and place baby Jesus in it. Keep it as a focal point to remember.