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Christmas Tree Art

17 Dec

Day 17: 25 Days of Christmas Ideas

Make a fun Christmas tree from scraps of paper or recycled items. Arrange them in a classroom or your home to make an art gallery of trees.

cotton tree duck tape tree garland tree hand tree material tree paper tree
Thank you Melanie Kost and CBC kids for the pictures.

Teaching Generosity: Christmas tree for birds

5 Dec

Day 5: 25 Days of Christmas Ideas.

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Making a Christmas tree for the birds is a great way to teach kids generosity. Thinking of others is a first step in having a generous heart. Taking the time to take care of one of God’s creations is another step toward having a generous heart.

Choose a tree with low branches. An evergreen tree works great for this project. Gather the supplies (listed below) and create ornaments and garland out of items that will attract birds. Make sure to position them so birds will be able to land on a branch and reach them with their beaks.

Supplies: pine cones, peanut butter, lunch bag, bird seed, bread, cranberries, popcorn, string, needle, Christmas cookie cutters

String cranberries or popcorn using the needle and string. Make long strands to loop around the tree. Cover pine cones in peanut butter and place in a lunch bag with seed. Shake to cover with seed. Tie a string on the top of the pine cone and hang from the tree. Cut pieces of bread in Christmas shapes using the cookie cutters. Spread peanut butter on them and coat with bird seed. Make a hole in the bread and tie a ribbon in a loop through it. Hang the loop on a branch of the tree.

 

Christmas ideas that kids love

14 Dec

Craft Idea

Gingerbread Manger Scene
Supplies: Graham crackers, marshmallow star, large and small marshmallows, pretzel, small gingerbread men, teddy graham, shredded wheat, miniature candy cane, powdered sugar, Ziploc baggie, sugar, 2 eggs

Icing: Mix 3 cups powdered sugar and 2 egg whites. Place in baggie. Cut off corner of baggie. Squeeze to get icing out.
Melt sugar in pan. Dip edges of crackers in sugar and stick to cardboard to form a three-sided box with one side open. Place nativity pieces inside using icing as glue. Decorate with icing or colored candies for a “Christmas” look. Keep plain for a “realistic” look.

*Shredded wheat = hay, manger
*Teddy Graham = Jesus
*Gingerbread men= Joseph, Mary, Shepherds
*Candy cane = Shepherd staff
*Marshmallows = sheep
*Animal crackers = animals
*Pretzel and marshmallows = angel

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Game/ Story Idea

Pass the Parcel
Jessica, my creative assistant, grew up in South Africa. She told me about this game that she played as a child. I modified it a bit to make a fun way of telling the Christmas story.

Supplies: wrapping paper, tape, gold ribbon (angel’s halo), strip of cloth, straw piece, cotton balls (or small plastic sheep), candy cane, gold coin, cotton ball soaked in perfume

Wrap the gold coin and perfumed cotton ball. Place angel’s halo on top of the package and wrap the two (halo and first package) together. Place the cotton balls and candy cane on the package and wrap. Continue with the straw piece in the next layer. End with the strip of cloth in the final layer.

Pass the parcel around a circle while music plays. When the music stops the person holding the parcel unwraps a single layer. Tell the part of the Christmas story that matches the item.

Scripture: Luke 2: 1-20; Matthew 2: 1-12

Items to use:
*strip of cloth- Represent swaddling clothes. Jesus was wrapped in the cloth.
*straw- Jesus born and placed in a manger
*small candy cane- Shepherd were watching their sheep in a field.
*cotton balls- Represents the sheep.
*angel- An angel appeared to the shepherds proclaiming the good news.
*gold coin, cotton ball soaked in perfume- Wise men brought gold, myrrh and frankincense.

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Activity/Craft Idea

Christmas tree for birds
Supplies: pine cones, peanut butter or shortening, lunch bag, bird seed, bread, cranberries, string, needle
String cranberries using the needle and string. Make long strands to loop around the tree. Tie a string to the top of a pine cone. Cover pine cones in peanut butter or shortening and place in a lunch bag with seed. Shake to cover with seed. Hang from the tree. Cut the bread into Christmas shapes using cookie cutters. Spread peanut butter or shortening on it and sprinkle bird seed. Tie string to the bread and hang from the tree.

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Devotional Idea

Jesus is the Light of the World

Scripture
: John 8:12
Supplies: glow in dark stick or bracelet

Turn off the lights. Talk about how dark it is. Give out the glow in the dark items and break them so they glow. Talk about how Jesus was sent to be the Light of the World. Encourage the kids to think about this whenever they see the lights on their Christmas tree or the houses in their neighborhood.