Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about the wise men who brought gifts to Jesus. Help our time together to be holy time. In your name we pray, Amen.
Bible Story: Matthew 2
Read the story of the wise men in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+6%3A11-22&version=ERV
For this story, my family and I used the Spark Story Bible. You can purchase one here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew+2%3A1-12&version=NRSV
Discuss as a family:
Here is a discussion guide and coloring sheets that go along with this story: Epiphany of Our Lord Discussion Guide
Our kids enjoyed using this resource to dive deeper into the story; we hope that you will, too!
Song: Bright and Glorious is the Sky
This song is close to my heart because our family is of Scandinavian descent, and I grew up singing this song in Norwegian. Only recently did I discover that this song is all about the wise men! Our kids enjoyed helping to sing on the repeats at the end of each verse.
Activity: Treasure Boxes
For this activity, I spent some time at the Dollar store. I wanted to figure out a way to let our kids see, touch, and smell the gifts of the wise men in a kid-friendly way. Here is what you need for this craft:
Soap holder box
Star stickers (or stick-on jewels)
Print out of meanings: Gifts of the Wise Men
Three gold flat-sided marbles
1 block of “strange” smelling wax melts (I chose “Fireside,” which was on sale)
1 small container of lotion or lip balm
Decorate the box on the outside with star stickers. Cut out the meanings and cut them to fit the inside of the lid of the box. Tape in place. Remind your kids what each gift was about as you place the pieces in the box.
I have to admit that this has been one of my girls’ favorite crafts ever! They love opening the box to smell the “frankincense” and putting the “myrrh” lotion on their hands. They are keeping their boxes with our Please Touch” nativity set right in front of the baby Jesus. It is amazing to see them using their imaginations to tell and retell the story!
If you would like another coloring activity for Epiphany which I compiled, you can find it here: Epiphany of Our Lord Sunday
Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith! I hope that this time was holy time for you.
Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for guiding the wise men to meet Jesus. Lead us in your ways, all the days of our lives. In your name we pray, Amen.
Resources used for this post:
Discussion Guide: Thanks to http://www.coloring-page.net/pages/bible-10.html for the star nativity, to http://jesus-photos-pictures.blogspot.com/2011/09/christmas-star-clip-art-pictrures-and.html for the star, to http://theteacherscorner.net for generating the maze, and www.coloring-pages-for-kids.com for the wise men.
Coloring Activity: Thanks to http://lifeasmama.com/8-christmas-coloring-pages-for-adults/ for the star, and http://www.churchhousecollection.com/three-wise-men-sunday-school-lesson.php for the pictures of the gifts.