How’d your star gazing experience go yesterday with the kiddos? Ours was a chilly night, but made for some fun snuggles under the quilt as we looked up at the sky.
A highlight was that we could LITERALLY only see one star in the sky last night due to the conditions. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect way to help illustrate this story to our 3 year old!
Now we take a look at WHO followed the star…the wise men or the kings.
Read IT! – Today’s passage:
When [the kings] saw the star they shouted joyfully. As they came into the house and saw the child with Mary his mother, they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their treasure boxes and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. – Matthew 2:10-11
Imagine IT! – Talk with your child about the kings’ journey.
- Set the scene for WHAT the journey was like (smelly camels, sandy roads, wind blowing in their faces, the star light shining down on them).
- Ask your child WHY the kings were going to visit Jesus.
- Briefly mention the names of the 3 gifts; however, the next 3 days will go more in depth on the gifts.
- Note: the Bible never specifies how many kings came to visit Jesus; even though there were 3 gifts, we don’t know how many wise men were actually there.
Explore IT! – Read the passage one more time and highlight how the kings reacted.
- “Shouted joyfully” | “Bowed down” | “Worshiped”
- How does your family do these things as it seeks Christ?
- Are we joyful as we learn about Him, go to Church, read our Bibles?
- Do we humble ourselves in the Lord’s presence and bow down in reference to him?
- How do you worship Christ outside of Sunday?
Create IT! – Handprint Craft – Kings and their camels
Today you will be making camels with your child’s handprint.
You will need: brown paint, paper, and markers.
- To make the camel: Dip your child’s hand in brown paint and make an upside-down handprint on your paper. Add a little hump on the top to make it look like a camel.
- Repeat for as many camels you would like to make. (3 would be the natural tendency; however, make as many prints as you would like. You are only limited by your amount of paint and the space on your paper!)
- Use markers to draw hooves, tail, ears, eyes and nose on your child’s camel.
- Allow your child to draw a picture of the kings on top of the camels or standing next to them. Allow time to dry.
- When complete, place the picture in your child’s room and each day you can move the picture closer an closer to the star you created at the beginning.
* Here’s a shot of one of our little fellows. We decided to make a slew of them and use them as Thank You cards for the gifts we received at Christmas.