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Colors:  Brown, Yellow
Worksheets:  Baby Jesus, Square Christmas Present, Mary Holding Baby Jesus, Baby Jesus with the Animals, Candy Cane Poem
Books:  Bible, I Love You Through and Through
Activities: Fingerpaint, percussion instruments, popsicle sticks, chocolate pudding, French vanilla pudding, handkerchief, paper plate, brown paint, yellow and brown yarn, construction paper


Bible Theme: Happy Birthday, Jesus
Lesson: Jesus is Born

Bible Story: Jesus is Born
Scripture:  Luke 2:1-7
The Beginner's Bible for Toddlers: pg 82-87
Read and Share Toddler Bible:  pg 136-137 
Through the Bible in Felt: Story #97

Verse: I John 4:8 - God is love.
Tune:  Hot Cross Buns
God is love. (Point, cross hands over chest)
God is love.
1 John 4:8 (Form hands to hold a "book)
God is love.

Bible Song: Praise God (Adapted from Unknown Source)
Tune: Three Blind Mice
Hands on your head
Hands on your nose
Hands on your shoulders
Hands on your toes
Do a little side step (step to the side)
Do a little swing (rotate entire body at waist)
God wants you to praise Him (lift hands over head and sway from side to side)
In each and every thing (jump up and down)

Poem: Mary had a Little Lamb (Traditional)
Mary had a little lamb
Little lamb, little lamb
Mary had a little lamb
Its fleece was white as snow.

Colors: Brown, Yellow
Letters: Q-S
Numbers: 1-5
Shape: Square
Information: Mom's Name
Self-care and Manners: Say "Please" and "Thank You"

Book of the Week:
 I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti Shustak

Suggested Activities:

• Book of the Week:
- Use this book to reassure the child how much they are loved by you and God.

• Happy Birthday, Jesus Preschool Bible Story Activities & Coloring Sheets:
- ABCJLM Bible Coloring Sheets:   Mary Holding Baby Jesus, Baby Jesus with the Animals

- Baby in a Manger  My Christmas Book: Cut out the small baby Jesus from Baby Jesus.  On a piece of construction paper, glue enough small pieces of brown and yellow yarn to form a bed.  Glue Baby Jesus into the bed.  Glue popsicle sticks around the baby to make a manger.      

- Make a "Baby in a Hankie" - Fold a handkerchief in half, corner to corner.  Roll two of the corners of the triangle in towards each other until the rolls touch.  Without disturbing the rolls just created, very carefully separate the triangle point.  (If you pull too hard the entire thing will fall apart.)  Hold the one end while pulling back the other end around the rolls until a cradle is formed.  The rolls become a baby.  Let the child rock baby Jesus during story time. 

-Candy Cane Poem Attach Candy Cane Poem - Print and discuss the coloring sheet.   For more ideas read the blog post "Candy Cane Poem."

• Self-Care and Manners:
Focus on "please" and "thank you" this week.

• Square Activity:
- Square Present  Print the Square Christmas Present.  Cut small squares of green and red construction paper to glue on the present.  Color the bow.  (Thank you to Dina for this idea.)

• Color Activity:
Fingerpaint using chocolate (brown) and French vanilla (yellow) pudding.

• Number:
Using the Apple Tree Number Book, point and count the apples on the tree.  Continue to point and count items you find throughout the day.

• Fine Motor Skill:
Paper Plate Baby Swaddle Baby Jesus:  Fingerpaint both sides of a paper plate brown.  Let dry.  Cut out the large baby from Baby Jesus and fingerpaint yellow.  Let dry.  Glue the baby inside the paper plate.  Fold the sides of the plate in so as to swaddle the baby. 

• Gross Motor Skill:
Drum  March around the room as you sing "Mary Had a Little Lamb."  Add percussion instruments: drums, sticks, maracas, etc. while marching.

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