18 awesome songs for kids on this CD: Candy Cane, Angel Band, Camels Are Cming, Go Tell It, Favored One / What Child is This?, Unwrap the Gift, Here in a Child, Sheep Party, Best Story of All, Peace on Earth Begins at Home, Imagine a Christmas, Just One, Manger of My Heart, Christmas Blessing, Christmas Joy / Joy to the World.
The Best Gift of All is approx. 20 minutes in length. Easy to perform!
A neighborhood child wonders why her friend’s family decorates their Christmas tree with candy canes.
When they discover she has never heard of Jesus, they invite her to the
children’s Christmas program practice at church where she hears about
God’s gift of love.
You will receive:
Downloadable script with permission to reproduce copies; production
notes which includes flexible cast of characters (11-15); staging
suggestions; listing of props (Christmas tree, candy canes, red/white
ornaments, manger, doll wrapped in swaddling clothes, Bible); listing
of costumes needed (Caesar Augustus, Joseph, Mary, shepherds, angel);
sheet music for the five songs; and MP3 stereo and accompaniment tracks
"There will be a TEST next Sunday. Everyone be sure and come!"
The boys and girls in your class would not jump for joy upon hearing such an
announcement, yet the basic goal of teaching is learning! Acquiring knowledge
comes through reinforcement, and reinforcement comes as a result of continual
A Calvin and Hobbes cartoon pictures Calvin sitting in class, eyes
half closed, about ready to drift off to sleep. Suddenly he sits upright and
screams, "BORING!" "UNINTERESTING!" "HO-HUM!"
I've seen it often. The child who sits in class like a zombie, showing no
interest, will become almost automatically drawn into a Bible game. Or Joe Cool
who wouldn't be caught dead singing or participating in any way, can't resist
participating in a game.
"A little bit of sugar makes the medicine go down," sang Walt Disney's
Mary Poppins. Her point, of course, was that even things which are distasteful
can be made pleasant - in fact, downright fun.
This same principle applies to Christian Education. The primary purpose of
Bible games is to review Bible facts, verses, and concepts. Educational experts
tell us that one-third of our teaching time should be spent in review!
Application of knowledge is important for utilization. Reviewing helps
learning become a meaningful part of a child's life. One way to accomplish this
goal, is to teach with Bible games. The components of games are the same as for
tests: questions and answers, with the added ingredient of fun!
Set up a mini obstacle course in your room to act out the story of the prodigal son. You’ll need four stations.
At station 1, place a hat, a bag, and a pile of money (cut green construction paper) in a shoe box.
At station 2, place an empty shoe box to hold the money.
At station 3, make a square of masking tape on the floor for a pigpen.
At station 4, place a robe on a chair to represent “home.”
Let each child go through the obstacle course. At station 1, the
child should stuff the play money in the bag and put on the hat. At
station 2, the child should dump the money into the shoe box. At
station 3, the child should get on all fours inside the pigpen square
and oink a few times. At station 4, the child should put on the robe
and sit in the chair. Have a helper return the items to their proper
stations as children finish with them so they’ll be there for the next
child moving through the game.
As you let each child try the obstacle course, listen to the song “Come on Home” from Come on Home album by Mary Rice Hopkins. (Click on song title to hear a clip.)
of Christmas packages on the internet, print and cut out.Using your chosen Bible memory verse, write
one word & the reference on each package.“Hide” these on your walls of your room.
ACTIVITY:Have the children hunt for the Christmas
packages.When all have been found, line
the words up in correct order on a table.Say the verse together several times.Then play “Take-Away” by choosing a child to take away one gift.Say the scripture together in unison.Choose another pupil to take away a gift and
say the verse.Continue until all
packages have been removed and verse is being said from memory.