Lesson 5 - The Christmas Story
The Rest of the Story
This is the fifth lesson in "The Christmas Story" Series of 5 Lessons. In this series of five Christmas lessons children make Christmas tree decorations that will remind them about part of the Christmas story.
Paper Butterfly Christmas Ornament
How to Make Butterfly Ornament:
1. Print out the butterfly pattern and use it as a template to cut butterfly shapes from brown paper grocery bags or glitter paper. (Patterns for this craft are available to members on The Resource Room and as an Instant Download Above.)
2. Glue a mini craft stick to the middle of the butterfly.
3. Glue a ribbon to the back of the butterfly to hang it.
4. Add jewels, gemstones, and glitter glue to the butterfly's wings.
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Make Christmas Cross Ornaments
What you will need:
Shiny Paper or Holographic Paper
Construction Paper or Craft Foam
Other decorative items
What to do:
1. Print out the pattern and use it to cut cross shapes from paper. You can use the star pattern to cut out star shapes or just buy star stickers.
2. Let your children decorate the crosses with stickers, glitter glue, sequins, etc.
Christmas Cross Ornament Craft for Kids
Older Children will love making these beautiful Christmas Crosses.
Provide lots of decorative items and ribbon choices so they can make their own unique designs.
You can also have your children write the Bible verse or special words on the frame.
The directions to this craft are available on the Bible Christmas Crafts Page 4.
1. Make "Names of Christ Christmas Tree Craft" and Bible Lesson Review Game
What you will need:
One TP roll (or paper rolled to the size of a TP roll)
Green Construction Paper
Sequins, Pom Poms and Other Decorative Items
What to do:
1. Cover a TP roll with brown paper to make the trunk of the tree.
2. Print out the branch patterns onto green paper and cut them out. (Printable Patterns available to members or as an Instant Download Above.) If you don't have the pattern, you can just make cones shapes, one slightly bigger than the other.
Have your children write the following names on the patterns starting with the biggest pattern and going to the smallest: Immanuel, Jesus, Saviour, and King. Do not write anything on the smallest pattern. Write " Son of God" on the star. Then glue the patterns into cone shapes.
3. Cut one-inch slits all the way around the bottom edge of each cone and curl up the edges by winding the edges around a pencil.
4. Place the largest cone shape on top of the TP roll. Then stack the remaining four on top of the largest, placing the smallest on top. Glue the star to the smallest cone. Glue sequins to the branches of the tree.
5. Review each lesson going over the Bible verses that go with each lesson, or see if your students can remember the Bible verse and lesson that goes with each word. For example, Immanuel comes from Isaiah 7:14 "shall call his name Immanuel". As you go over each word have your children stack the cone with that word on top of the previous cone to make the Christmas tree.
Note: If you don't have time for your children to do this craft, you can make ahead of time and just use it as a review. Let the children take turns place the cones on top of each other as you review the lessons.
2. Christmas Tree Bible Lesson Review and Game
Each section of the Christmas tree represents part of the Christmas story. Before class cut out enough triangles so that all your children can make a Christmas tree using all five pieces.
Place all the pieces face up in the center of the table. Mix them all up. On the word "go" children should search for all the pieces they need to make the tree, and place them in order on a piece of paper in front of them. Each piece is a little smaller than the previous piece so even young children who do not know how to read can play this game by comparing the size of the pieces.
When all your children have found all five pieces to the tree, give them a tree trunk and star piece. Have them glue the tree trunk to the bottom of their papers. Have your children glue the pieces of the tree onto the trunk starting with the largest, bottom piece as you review the story.
3. "The Story of Christmas" Folding Christmas Tree Card Craft
What you will need:
White Card Stock
Chalk Markers or Paint Markers
How to Make the Folding Christmas Tree Card:
1. Before class print out the Christmas tree pattern onto green paper. Print out the star and tree trunk pattern onto white cardstock. (Printable Patterns are available to members and as a instant digital download above.)
Watch a "View it and Do it! video to see how to make this craft:
2. In class have your children cut out the tree pattern, color the star and trunk and then cut them out.
3. Show them how to fold the tree starting with the smallest section. Fold the section forward and crease. Turn the pattern over and fold the next section forward and crease. Keep turning the pattern over and folding the sections forward until the entire tree is folded.
4. Tape or glue the trunk to the back of the tree.
5. Glue the star to the top of the tree.
6. Tell your children to open the largest section of the tree. Ask them what they think the pictures represent from "The Story of Christmas" Bible lessons. Keep opening sections until you have reviewed the complete story.
The Christmas Story Sunday School Lesson Series for Children
Each week children add their decorations to the classroom tree. They will enjoy seeing the tree changing and getting more beautiful each week as ornaments are added. Use the decorations each week to review previous Bible lessons.
If you don't have room for a Christmas tree in your room, you can send the ornaments home with your children, or make a large paper tree and tape it to your wall.
The following 5 lessons in this series are available to members on The Resource Room and as instant digital downloads.
Lesson 1 - The Prophets Tell About Jesus
Lesson 2 - An Angel Tells the Good News
Lesson 3 - The Shepherds Tell About Jesus' Birth
Lesson 4 - The Wise Men Search For Jesus
Lesson 5 - The Rest of the Story