Thursday, December 17, 2009

Play School: Nativity

This week was M's week to teach, but she and her poor kids have bronchitis! So I whipped up a short lesson and activity about the Nativity to do with the girls after their naptime today.
Concepts: Why we celebrate Christmas, the different symbols about Christmas (the star, why we give each other presents)
Activities/Art: We played with our Little People Nativity set while I told a simplified Christmas story; Tempe and Helena (ok, mostly Tempe) picked out the characters from the Nativity set as I got to their part of the story.
For our art project, I made star potato stamps and the girls stamped yellow and orange paint onto blue construction paper.
Books: One Baby Jesus by Patricia A. Pingry and Away in a Manger by Thomas Kinkade.
Songs: Away in a Manger; Twinkle Twinkle Little Star; I Am Like A Star Shining Brightly
Snack: Christmas tin popcorn
Field Trip: Last weekend Jason and I took the girls to Temple Square to see the lights. We assumed the lights would be turned on when it got dark, around 5:15, so we got there at 4:45. But in an effort to save electricity, the lights aren't turned on until 6:15, so we had quite awhile to look around. Temple Square has tons of nativity activities, so this was the perfect field trip for our lesson this week! First we looked at the life-size nativity and listened to the Christmas story read from the scriptures. Then we went to the Church History Museum (a personal favorite of mine!) and went up to the kids area where they have a nativity dress up activity. Tempe and Helena dressed up as shepherds and took their stuffed sheep to the stable to see baby Jesus. The Church History Museum also has a display of about 20 different nativities from around the world, so we looked at those. Finally, when the lights were on outside we walked around and looked at the other large scale nativities at the east end of Temple Square.

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