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Hands-on options

These simple activity ideas will help you create “memorable moments” that reinforce the messages you’ve shared with your children during your Bible story times. There’s no need to do all these activities. Choose as few or as many as you like. You can do them in conjunction with your Bible story times, or at a different time of the day – whatever suits you best.

Candy cane crunchin' - a reminder about faithfulness

Fun with food

Eat a candy cane each and talk with your children about Jesus being like a faithful shepherd to us. View option

Christmas Bingo

Creative crafts

Make your own family game card and score a Bingo by showing love to other members of the family. View option

Christmas lights - a reminder about joy

Drive time

Whenever you notice some pretty Christmas lights, pretend they are birthday candles for baby Jesus. View option

Cleaning house - a reminder about forgiveness and righteousness

Physical activity

Get your kids thinking by comparing cleaning your house to cleansing your heart from sin. View option

Craft a prayer Advent calendar

Creative crafts

Practice faithfulness in prayer by making an Advent calendar featuring pictures of family members, friends, your pastor, missionaries and others who need your prayer support. View option

Footprints in the snow

Physical activity

While you’re outside having fun in the snow, challenge your children to see if they can walk in your tracks. Discussion point: We need to walk as Jesus walked. View option

Gift opening - a reminder about contentedness

Other

Help your children practice contentedness by wrapping up two “unequal” gifts. View option

Make a homemade gift - a reminder about generosity

Creative crafts

Help your children practice hands-on generosity by spending time making a kid-crafted gift for a family member or friend. View option

Make a paper chain

Creative crafts

Make a paper chain that “grows” during the month of December by adding a link when you notice family members acting like Jesus. View option

Make an Advent blessings tree - a reminder about contentedness

Creative crafts

To encourage gratefulness instead of greed during the Christmas season, make an Advent blessings tree. View option

Search for the real Santa

Other

Take a peek at the life of the original Santa – a man named Saint Nicholas – to help kids understand that the real Santa was known for being generous. View option

Sniff out scents

Creative crafts

The Christmas season is full of delightful smells. Sample the sweet “scents of the season” or make pomander balls to inspire your children to consider how wonderful it is to be part of a family where the “sweet aroma” of Christ’s love is present. View option

Wrap gifts - a reminder about acceptance

Creative crafts

As you wrap Christmas gifts together, point out how each package is unique. Discussion point: God made each person unique too. View option