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  Jesus' Birth (The Nativity)  
Jesus birth is one of the most important stories in the Bible. Children and teens should learn the story of Jesus’ birth by heart. Regular discussion or reminder of what Christmas is will help us all value and enjoy its true meaning.

Sunday School Resources

Projects and Activities
Puzzles, Mazes, Coloring etc.
Listen to Bible Stories (online)
Bible Stories and
     Discussion Questions

Other Informative Articles


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Projects and Activities
  Discuss the role of prophecy in the birth of Jesus
Caryl Waller Krueger shares a family tradition of reading the nativity story as the children act out the story with nativity sets.
(Print chronological translations of the nativity story from King James and
The Message)
Put Christ Back Into Christmas - a printable list by Caryl Krueger that helps children focus on the true meaning of Christmas
  The Angels of Christmas - students discuss the different angels heard by specific characters in the story of Jesus' birth, and as a class make a bulletin board of all the angel messages in the story. (Ages 7-12)
  Write the Nativity story from voice we don't hear in the scriptural account
  Use wooden puzzles to help children learn the story of Jesus' birth

Create Nativity Folder - students memorize nativity story to share on Christmas Eve

Map of Mary and Joseph's Journeys - print this map of Israel and have students circle key cities in the story of Jesus' birth
  Anagram for Christmas - a way to lift those ever-lengthening lists out of the
“I hope I get…” mentality to a more giving spirit.
  Draw a Picture of a Gift You Would Give to Jesus
(see pictures of previous children's pictures submitted to BibleWise)
  Make a Christmas Card for God
  Create a thank you note to God for His gift
  Talk About Gift-Giving
  Recommended Christmas Reading
Puzzles, Mazes, Coloring, etc.
Nativity Quiz - Read about Jesus' birth in Matthew and Luke see if you can tell which answers are true and false. Explain why something is false.
Nativity Word Search - Find the main characters in the Nativity story
7 Christmas Coloring Pages - Have the children color these pictures and tell the story of Jesus’ birth.
His Name is… - Decode the name of Elisabeth’s and Zacharias’ son.
Bible Story Word Hunt - Find the hidden words that tell the story of the birth
of John.
What’s in the Stable? For younger children – have them identify the things that might have been in the stable where Jesus was born.
To Bethlehem is for 6-8 year olds. Help them color the even numbered stones and then read the uncolored stones for the message.
Hidden Pictures - Find 3 stars, 2 bells, 1 angel, 3 crosses, 1 staff and 2 candles hidden in the manger
Glory to God in the Highest - Fill in the blanks using the code. Then make the angel.
The Angel’s Message - Connect the dots to see what the angel told the shepherds
Angels' Message - Unscramble the words to find out what the angels said at Christ's birth
Go Tell It - Discover the good news from the angels.
Shepherds Listen - Color the shapes on the angel's robe to discover the message the shepherds heard
Missing Objects - Compare two pictures to find the missing items
Wise Men Maze - Help the wise men through the camel maze to find Jesus
The Gifts of Kings - Decode the meaning of the three gifts given to Jesus
Gifts for a King - Find the names of the gifts in each container.
The Gift of God’s Love - Break the code to find God’s gift.
Find the Message - Cross out letters to find out why Mary laid baby Jesus in a manger
Mary's Song - Find the missing words from Mary's song of praise and put them in the right place
Wise Men Maze - Help the wise men through the maze to baby Jesus
Bible Stories and Discussion Questions (read online and lookup in your Bible)
  The Angel Talking to Zacharias
Read Luke 1:5-25
     •  The Angel by the Altar (older children / teens)
     •  Discussion Questions
  The Angel Talking to Joseph
Read Matt 1:18- 25
     •  Discussion Questions
  The Angel Talking to Mary
Read Luke 1:26-38
     •  Mary and the Angel (younger children)
     •  Discussion Questions
  Elisabeth and the Birth of John
Read Luke 1:39-80
     •  Discussion Questions
  Jesus’ Birth
Read Luke 2:1-7
     •  Jesus Is Born (younger children)

     •  The Manger of Bethlehem (older children / teens)
     •  The Story of a Wonderful Baby’s Birth (older children / teens)
     •  Discussion Questions
  The Shepherds
Read Luke 2:8-20
     •  Shepherds Visit Baby Jesus (younger children)
     •  The Shepherds and the Angels (older children / teens)
     •  The Shepherds (older children / teens)
     •  Discussion Questions
  Simeon and Anna
Read Luke 2:21-38
     •  Taking Jesus to the Temple (older children / teens)
     •  Discussion Questions
  The Wise Men
Read Matt 2: 1-12
     •  Visitors from the East (younger children)
     •  Wise Men Bring Gifts for Jesus (younger children)
     •  The Wise Men Who Followed a Star (older children / teens)
     •  Discussion Questions
Listen to Bible Stories (online)
  The Nativity Story (told by Margaret Foerster)
Bible Overview
  The women of the Nativity: Elizabeth, Anna, and Mary by Mary Jane Chaignot
  The Nativity
  Facts About Jesus' Birth
  Isaiah 7:14 it states, "Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Do these words refer to Jesus?

Parenting with the Bible

  Gifts for the Christ Child
  Angel Gifts are "gifts given to worthy causes "in the child's name.”
  As a family read part of the Christmas story each week 
Living with the Bible
  Christmas Love by Marjorie Eddington
  Two King Christmas by Roberta Meyers
  Who's in the Center of Your Family? by Marjorie Eddington
Teen Time - Make a Difference
  For Teens - Find the Blessings this Christmas
  For Teens - Express Christmas love -- love yourself and others
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