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Christmas Superheroes

Our final Christmas theme for this year has been Christmas superheroes. We have been looking at some of the many names of Jesus to learn that he is so much more than a superhero. While it seems like there are some similarities (such as saving others and being kind) Jesus is far superior – he is real, God himself, more powerful, more selfless and humble, and saves us from sin, something more sinister than any of the physical threats that superheroes save people from. His many names are like “word pictures” to help us understand how great Jesus is.

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– names of Jesus spider web. The web is covered in a piece of contact with the sticky side facing outward. We threw balls of paper at the web, talking about the different names of Jesus as the paper landed near them. (Inspired by this sticky web).

– names of Jesus x-ray bags. Each bag contains a clue for a name of Jesus. We guessed the name and talked about what it means. (Inspired by this guessing game).

  • Bread – Bread of Life (John 6:35)
  • Light – Light of the World (John 8:12)
  • Sheep – Good Shepherd (John 10:11-15)
  • Book – the Word (John 1:1)
  • Branch – the True Vine (John 15:1-5)
  • Crown – King of Kings (Revelation 19:16)

 

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– superhero capes

 

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– comic strip of the nativity

– painting a Christmas tree with spray bottles and brushes

– superhero sensory box (including some clues for names of Jesus, similar to those in the x-ray bags above)

– movie night (we watched, Vischer, P. (1996). The Toy that Saved Christmas: VeggieTales).

 

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– superhero baubles (Inspired by these baubles and simplified for the little men)

 

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– invisible paintings (tape resist paintings of Christmas trees)

– Bethlehem skyline (watercolour painting for the background, cut out paper for the buildings)

xo

 

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Nativity Pretend Play

We are continuing to excitedly prepare for Christmas with plenty of time spent talking about the birth of Jesus as we craft and play as well as some celebrations with Christmas desserts and friends.

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– Peg doll nativity

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– Angels from mini funnels

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– Cardboard box nativity for pretend play

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– Christmas dessert evening

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One week to go!

xo

Christmas Travellers

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We have been exploring Christmas around the world and all the differences there are in traditions and celebrations. Despite all the differences we could see that there are people all over the world celebrating the birth of Jesus, a truth we kept coming back to throughout all these activities. We enjoyed Christmas celebrations, Christmas crafts, Christmas cookies (and other special foods) and Christmas cheer.

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Christmas Celebrating

We chose a few cities and found out what continent and country they are in, what language they speak and what the climate is at Christmas time. Then we researched what Christmas is like in that city. Some of the cities we chose for their unique Christmas traditions and others because we know people living there.

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Christmas Crafts

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We enjoyed some crafts from around the world.

– Danish woven hearts

– Scandinavian gnomes (inspired by these, although we used cardboard rolls and cotton wool balls)

– Stencilling Mexican patterns (using bunting from Kmart as a stencil)

– Painting poinsettias with cardboard tubes (idea from here)

– Paper parol from the Philippines (instructions here)

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– Class gifts for the little man to give (chocolate bar wrapped and decorated)

 

Christmas Cookies

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We baked cookies from other countries. Links to some of the recipes we used are here and here, the other recipes we used are family favourites.

 

Christmas Cheer

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We matched the Christmas greeting in different languages to the country in which they speak it.

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We hope you are getting ready to celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus wherever you are.

xo

 

 

Christmas Detectives {part 2}

We have had a great week as Christmas Detectives with the mission of finding out the truth about Christmas, that being the birth of Jesus and his fulfilment of God’s promises. We’ve used these activities as an opportunity to talk about Jesus, his birth and its implications for us and to read passages in the Bible and Christmas stories.

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– Mini explosions. We made wise men bon bons (crackers) and talked about worshipping Jesus, even when he was a baby.

We make bon bons each year and usually include the snap, a toy, a chocolate, a bauble and a joke. Simply wrap a cardboard tube in some paper, place or tape the snap inside and tie up one end with some ribbon. Fill the tube with the rest of your treasures and tie the other end. Add details with cut up paper and a pen to make them resemble wise men.

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– laser maze (inspired by this spider web). The little men used tweezers to remove the stars without touching the string. We also collected larger stars using a life-size laser maze made of string. The stars gave us a chance to talk about following Jesus just as the wise men followed a star to find him.

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– bauble eye spy. The little men looked for the item(s) inside each bauble and then matched them to a meaning/reminder:

  • a candle for Jesus as the light of the world
  • a gold coin to remind us to worship Jesus
  • stars to remind us to follow Jesus
  • a bell to remind us to share the news about Jesus
  • a tree to celebrate Jesus

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– footprint analysis. We matched footprints to the type of animal that may have left them (and that may have possibly been near the manger). Then the little men made footprints with plastic animals.

We read two books along with this activity: Lloyd-Jones, S & Jay, A. (2011). Song of the Stars: A Christmas Story. Grand Rapids, MI: Zonderkidz. and Wiersum, G & Morgan, A. (2007). The Animals’ Christmas Eve. New York: Golden Books.

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– bauble target practice

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– matching Christmas shapes

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– detective kits (read more here)

– painting with combs

– chocolate angel spoons

– decoding Christmas words (reading while looking for certain words and then defining those words). We read passages in Luke and Matthew and also Poole, S. (2014). A Christmas Journey. Nashville, TN: B&H Kids.

– fingerprint match and disguise. We lifted fingerprints using these instructions and then we stamped our own fingerprints and disguised them as angels, shepherds, sheep and wise men.

– candy cone search and decode. We had a hunt for the candy canes and then put them in order to make the verse from Matthew 1:21: “[Mary] will have a son, and you will name him Jesus – because he will save his people from their sins.”

– Christmas secret messages. The little men wrote messages and pictures about Christmas using invisible inks (baking soda and water; lemon juice).

– traditions of Christmas investigation. Matching up traditions with their origins.

– carol clues. Listening to sections of songs and guessing which carol it is.

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Christmas Detectives

With six weeks until Christmas and an overly excited little man, we are going to be Christmas Detectives with the mission of finding out the truth about Christmas.

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We’ll begin with some detective kits with things like disguises, things to analyse evidence with (such as magnifying glasses, gloves, tweezers, bags to store it in, brushes to dust for fingerprints) and invisible ink and notepads for recording discoveries.

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Then they will decipher their mission and next week we will begin our investigations (listed in the top photo).

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Please join us as we discover the truth about Christmas (for more details about the activities see here).

xo

Happy Christmas!

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 that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, 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 heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

~ Luke 2:8-14 (NIV)

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Have a very happy Christmas!

(Crafts pictured are some of our advent crafts. See here, here, here and here).

xo

 

Advent Activities #3

Here are the final four of our advent activities, the first four are here, the next seven are here and the full list is here.

All four themes are about all the celebrations we have at Christmastime because it is such an important time.

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CELEBRATING

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– Birthday party for Jesus with bunting, streamers, balloons, blowers, hats and we will bake a cake together

– Making bon bons/crackers (we chose to use a wind-up toy for each bon bon so we can race them on Christmas day. Jokes from here)

– Learning fractions with cardboard cakes

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DECORATIONS

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– Colour matching

– Guess and count contents of baubles

– Bell and pipe cleaner wreath (idea from here)

– Decorations sensory tub

– Jar to fill with snow and trees

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TREES

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– Threading Christmas tree (idea from here)

– Wooden Christmas trees to decorate

– Finding and counting decorations on a tree

– Filling Christmas tree ornaments

– Velcro ornaments for a Christmas tree (idea from here)

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BAKING

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– Pretend Christmas lunch (idea from here)

– Matching gingerbread word families

– Felt cookie and icing set

– Building gingerbread houses

– Gingerbread playdough (not pictured)

– Baking cookies (not pictured)

xo

Advent Activities #2

Here are the majority of our advent activities for this year. The first four themes are here, the last four are here and the full list is here.

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ANGELS

We will look at the messages the angels brought and focus on their rejoicing at that good news.

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– Angel pancakes (not pictured)

– Decorating polystyrene angels

– Painting with angel cookie cutters as stamps

– Pom pom and wooden peg angels (idea from these fairies)

– Angel wing match (matching pairs of words with the same silent letter – k, h, w, b, g and t)

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CAROLS

Linked to our theme of angels, we will enjoy the music of Christmas carols as well as the message they tell.

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– Wooden spoon carolers, which we will both make and use as puppets

– Matching lyrics of carols

– Salt tray with sheet music of carols underneath

– Singing together

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SHARING THE GOOD NEWS

Again this theme is linked to angels – just as they shared the good news we also want to share it. I have chosen to incorporate bells into this theme as they bring attention to those sharing the good news. I also want to reinforce and have the little man retell the Christmas story in different ways so that he is proficient at sharing it.

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– Christmas bingo

– Bell Hershey kisses memory. We have two versions, one using pictures and another using lower and uppercase letters (idea from here)

– Bell scoop transfer (idea from this bauble transfer)

– Storybook prompts for the little man to write his own Christmas story

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SHEPHERDS

Once again the shepherds shared the good news, and glorified and praised God for what they saw, so we will focus on doing the same.

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– Sheep and shepherd tic-tac-toe

– Multiplication by counting groups of stars, angels, sheep and shepherds

– Paper bag sheep with painted wool and details to glue on

– Marshmallow sheep (idea from here)

– Paper people sheep and shepherds to decorate

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WISE MEN

The wise men were joyful and worshipped Jesus, giving him gifts, so we will encourage each other in how we can worship Jesus also.

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– Wise men chalkboard silhouettes to draw on

– Cut and paste wise men craft

– Felt crowns to decorate

– More and less than with gold coins

– Wise men bottles with stars (we have one bigger one to represent the star that the wise men followed), glitter, water and oil (idea from here, under science activities)

– Explanation of the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (not pictured)

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STARS

This theme is linked to the wise men and the star that they followed.

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– Crayon resist star painting

– Star search and find (there are chocolate stars hidden in with the Hershey kisses)

– Wool wrapped star ornaments

– Star cinnamon ornaments (not pictured)

– Star sandwich (not pictured)

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GIFTS AND KINDNESS

This theme is also linked to the wise men and we will use it to encourage each other to be selfless and kind toward others.

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– Gift-wrapping station (idea from here)

– Wrapping candy using cut out paper to look like a wise man (we have used small boxes of skittles)

– Washi tape tree cards, both to make and to write in and give to others (inspired by these cards)

– Small presents for some of the little man’s friends

– Painting presents using a square stamp and ribbons

– Coming up with ways to be kind (not pictured)

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Advent Activities #1

Here are the details of our first four advent activities this year. The next seven are here, the final four are here and the full list is here.

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ADVENT

We will be explaining advent itself, the anticipation, preparation for and countdown to the celebration of the coming of Jesus.

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– Handprint wreaths (inspired by this but there are plenty of instructions elsewhere also)

– Finishing patterns on wreaths using holly leaves and berries

– Ways to make the number 24 (using 24 red balls and 24 pipe cleaners)

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MARY AND JOSEPH

We will look at Mary and Joseph, their journey to Bethlehem and their obedience to God’s plan for them.

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– Journey to Bethlehem game, reading words with ‘s’ and ‘sh’ sounds

– Shadow puppets

– Roll and create a felt picture of Mary and Joseph’s journey

– Mary’s song and praising God

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JESUS AND THE NATIVITY

This theme will focus on the birth of Jesus.

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– Matchbox manger (inspired by this)

– Matching words and pictures

– Learning to draw a nativity scene, each page of the book builds one more element into the scene (idea from here)

– Cut and paste nativity scene

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JESUS, LIGHT OF THE WORLD

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– Light of the world find-a-word

– Silhouette nativity scene candle holders (I have used black contact on jars and battery operated tea lights)

– Star and manger light garland (we will place a light from the string of lights through each of the stars and manger)

– Torch projections of star, candle and manger

– Light of the world verses

xo

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