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Nativity Sequencing: Preschool Christmas Activity!

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I can’t believe how quickly December is flying by!  How have you been spending your days?  We made an Advent Calendar for the first time this year, but I cannot seem to find a suitable place to put the thing!  I think we’ll work on a hanging one next year!

One of the things we’ve been doing with the Advent calendar is exploring a character or part of the Christmas story each day, following along in the Truth in Tinsel e-book (check out more details at my Growing Kids Ministry blog).  It’s been so much fun seeing my {almost} 3 year old Chipmunk retelling the day’s story each night for her dad at dinner time.  Of course, this gave me a great idea!  Reading through and talking about the Christmas story is a great to practicing sequencing and reading comprehension!

Let’s Get Started!

What You Need:

  • Children’s Bible or Christmas Storybook (we’ve been reading out of the Jesus Storybook Bible)
  • Nativity Finger Puppets (you can find some here or here) or Nativity Play set

What You Do:

Start out by reading the Christmas story together.  We’re big fans of the Preschooler’s Bible, but the Jesus Storybook Bible also has a great rendition of the account as well.  If you prefer a stand-alone story book, check your local library — there are sure to be plenty of books to choose from!

Make sure to point out characters as your read through the story, pointing and asking your child, “Who is this?”

After reading through the story once, tell the story to your child using the figurines or puppets.  Pause every few minutes and ask “What happened next?”  If you’re child doesn’t readily answer, refer back to the book for the answer in a fun and playful way.

Nativity Set

After completing the story via puppets or figurines, hand the toys over to your child.  Announce, “It’s your turn!” and get them started with a “A long time ago….”  If they get stumped, take a look at the storybook together to find out what happened next.

Review the lesson by telling another family member the tale as well!  If you’re kids are older, you can even use these sight words from Mummy Mummy Mum to help tell the story!

More Christmas Resources:

About the Author

Lindsey Whitney is a blogger over at Growing Kids Ministry.  A blog designed to help parents, teachers, and Children’s Ministry workers who want to help the kids they love grow in their faith.   You can connect with her via twitter or on facebook.

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Thursday 20th of December 2012

I love this!

Cindy @MomMaven

Thursday 20th of December 2012

Great ideas to reinforce learning and the true Christmas story.


Tuesday 18th of December 2012

Love this teaching tool.

Lindsay @ Laughing Lindsay

Tuesday 18th of December 2012

Yes, that's a great idea to work on sequencing with Christmas. Thanks for sharing.