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There’s no denying it. There’s about five weeks till Christmas and yep… I’m starting to get excited about it. I’m looking forward to the end of the year, to those wonderful weeks of resting with my family, Christmas carols, Christmas lunch and dinner, and marvelling once again at the wonder that God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

My kids are excited about Christmas and as their mummy, I love that they’re excited about Christmas.

I’m all for keeping Advent simple and over the next few weeks in the lead up to Christmas, I’ll be reading Christmas bible stories with my kids and doing simple playful Christmas crafts, to enjoy the stories together. Let’s start playing and get excited about the coming of Jesus. 

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Our first story is from Luke 1:26-38. In this story, an angel came and told Mary that she would have a baby boy, God’s Son. His name would be Jesus.

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We enjoyed creating this Christmas craft together. N and M cut out the bits for the angel wings, E enjoyed practising his cutting skills on the scrap pieces and Miss K, drawing on them.

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We then acted out the story of Luke 1:26-38. The boys didn’t want to play Mary, and Miss K didn’t feel like sitting still for the story, so we had our giant teddy play Mary for awhile.

We also read Luke 2:8-20, where the angels visited the shepherds and told them the good news about God’s son, baby Jesus. The boys had an absolute ball singing/yelling, “Glory to God!” I didn’t give them a tune to sing, but they managed to somehow make one up, on the fly and with much enthusiasm. Too precious!

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We created our no-sew angel wings using paper plates, marker, scissors, hot glue gun and some ribbon. Hands on heart mummies and daddies, this Christmas craft for kids is dead-set easy, cheap, so much fun to make and they look amazing! Here are the instructions for this Christmas craft for kids, from the very clever Maker Mama.

Don’t miss our next playful Advent activity, a DIY Little Town of Bethlehem.

What makes Christmas special for you and your kids? It would be fabulous if we could all share our Christmas ideas here. Are there  traditions you’ve grown up with? Have you tried something with your kids and it’s been loved to bits? Or have you tried something that hasn’t quite worked? Found or seen something online that just totally knocks your socks off? I’d love to pin ideas to my Pinterest boards, I’d love to share ideas on our Facebook Page. Let’s pool everyone’s wisdom together and get excited about Christmas together.

More Activities for Preschoolers

Three to Five: Playful Preschool is stuffed to the brim with tried, tested and loved playful learning ideas for preschoolers. There are 25+ ideas for preschoolers, ten printable resources and additional links to over 50 more activities. A great resource for parents. Download your copy here.

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K: 1 year 11 months
E: 3 years 5 months
N&M: 5 years 6 months
November 2013
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Pauline Pauline & Lessons Learnt Journal is all about life with kids. Pauline is an Aussie mum and teacher who shares her love for play, math games, writing and reading activities. She believes that #playmatters, values curiosity & wonder, wisdom, obedience and respect. She also needs naps. When not blogging, she may be found virtually hoarding on Pinterest, trying to decide which Instagram filter to apply, or compulsively refreshing her Facebook feed.