I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! With Thanksgiving being over now I’m sure that for most of us our minds turn toward Christmas.
I always look forward to celebrating Christmas and have especially enjoyed the Advent season the past few years since I had children. We are still working on building Christmas traditions as a family. We of course decorate, read the Christmas story from the Bible to them, and have an advent calendar. We also enjoy packing an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox, singing Christmas carols, driving around to look at lights, and watching Christmas movies.
Every year my son looks forward to getting out the Christmas stuff that is just for him. He loves his Little People Nativity. We have another more formal wooden nativity that my mom gave me years ago but this one is just for him and I love that he can act out the story with it. There are a few versions of this nativity and ours doesn’t have as many pieces as the one below but it does have most of them.
We also love nothing more than snuggling up with a good cup of cocoa and watching some of our favorite Christmas movies. Of course we love Rudolf and The Grinch but we are also big fans of two Veggie Tales Christmas movies- The Little Drummer Boy and Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas. Seriously, I cry every single time I watch The Little Drummer Boy. Every time. And I’ve seen it more than a few times.
Each night we our sons three stories- 2 books that change every night and the last is always their Bibles. With our 4 year old we read the Jesus Storybook Bible. It’s beautifully written and I highly recommend it. With our 2 year old we use the Read with Me Bible for Toddlers. This one is written in a very engaing story-style and is perfect for 2-3 year olds. For Advent I plan on reading from The Beginner’s Bible: The Very First Christmas. It’s a small book we were gifted and it contains the entire story of Christmas from the angel appearing to Mary to a short story story of what Jesus did when he grew up. This is all broken down into 6 short parts and I think we will read them one each day of the week after dinner, or something like that.
This year I came up with some activities to help my 4 year old son work on his preschool skills while learning the Christmas story and I’m sharing them with you all in the hopes that they might bless your family as well.
These printables are free for your personal non-commercial use. To print them out simply click here to download the entire pack.
Here’s what you’ll find inside:
Nativity Cut-out Pages– Cut these out and attach to toilet paper tubes or popsicle sticks so that you and your child can enjoy acting out the story if you do not have a nativity like above.
Pattern Practice– Work on completing patterns with these two pages.
Letter Formation Pages– These pages focus specifically on letter formation and recognition. For the bottom part of these sheets my son likes to use a Bingo marker to dot on each letter as he finds it. You may wish to use Do-A-Dot makers or stamping markers that are washable.
Story Sequencing Pages– My little one loves to cut so he cuts out the pictures on the first page them we work together to put them in order as we review the story.
Counting practice– Again, we love cutting. If your little one is still working on basic scissor skills you can always cut out the numbers for them. Then work on counting and number recognition.
Memory Matching Game– This is a perennial favorite of my Sunday school class. Sometimes it helps the kids to pick these up more easily by printing these onto card stock or gluing them onto construction paper or cardboard.
Letter Block Spelling– I love activities that go beyond the 2D world of worksheets and I especially love ones that involve toys. If you’ve never seen my letter block spelling sheets then my alphabet block spelling post will give you a pretty good idea of what it involves.
Word Puzzles– Have your child cut these out (or cut them out for them) and then put back together.
Pre-writing Tracing– Have your child trace from the wisemen to the stars. If you want them to be able to do this multiple times you can laminate these (I use and love this laminator) or slip each page into a page protector. Then you can use dry erase markers (we love these) and be able to do these exercises multiple times.
Lacing Cards– Print and then cut out each shape. Laminate or print them onto cardstock to make them a bit sturdier. I’ve even glued mine onto cardboard before. Then punch a hole where you see each dot. Thread with a shoe lace and have children practice their lacing skills.
Snipping and Cutting Practice– Use these pages to help your child work on his or her scissors skills.
Letter Tracing Practice– Use these sheets to help practice letter formation and to familiarize with key people and terms in the Christmas story.
Key Scripture– This may be a little advanced for some but it can be a great way to review the whole point of the story and a jumping off point for some good discussion.
So, that’s it! Remember, these printables are free for your personal non-commercial use. To print them out simply click here to download the entire pack. I hope that these materials are able to be a blessing to your family or Sunday School class in this special season. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!
Looking for more Christmas? Check out my printable Advent Coloring Book.
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