A Nativity Hands-On Bible Study
If you asked your kids what Christmas was all about, what would they tell you?
I thought I knew the answer to this. I was convinced that my kids understood that Christmas is about Jesus. After all, most of our activities around the holidays were centered around our church. At home we watched nativity movies, we read nativity story books, and we did nativity crafts.
After Christmas was over I asked my kids, what is Christmas all about?
“Um…….presents? food? Santa?” (Y’all, my kids don’t even believe in Santa).
AHHHH! What happened???
I knew this year had to be different. The words of Deuteronomy 6 kept coming to mind.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 And these words that I command you today shall be on your hearts. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (ESV)
We needed a Christ-centered family tradition that would connect to the hearts of my kids. More than presents, more than food (and I love me some Christmas food), they need Jesus.
That’s what this study is all about.
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Christmas Story Stones
Story stones give kids a hands-on way to learn the nativity story. The story is divided into 12 days and 12 story stones. You can do the study in 12 days or do one lesson every other day throughout the Advent season. I got our stones at the Dollar Tree and made them ahead of time. Drawing tutorials are included in the Bible study. If you are using a water-based paint marker you’ll need to seal the stones with something like Mod Podge. If you use oil-based markers you will not need to seal the stones.
Each day of the study there is a suggested Bible passage to read as a family. Some of the passages are repeated with emphasis on different details. There are also discussion questions for both younger and older kids. I’m always amazed at how God works in the hearts of my kids through our conversations. The book includes Bible verse cards you can photocopy or print for easy reference or scripture memory.
Included with each day are suggestions for family activities related to each part of the nativity story. These include Christmas carols, craft ideas, family outings, and Bible study prompts for deeper learning. I’ve also included hand-drawn ornaments that you can print or photocopy, color, and hang on your tree. We’ll be posting art and crafts ideas on our blog so make sure you sign up for the newsletter.
Family discipleship happens best within a community. We have several ways you can connect with other families going through this study, the main one being the Faithful Families Facebook Group. Within this group you’ll find prayer, encouragement, and inspiration as you teach your children about Jesus. You can also join the conversation by using #FaithfulFamilies on social media.
Join our family this Advent season as we teach our kids the good news of the birth of our Savior.
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