Sunday School Fun Zone - Year 2 Toddler Lessons

Christmas Lesson - Little Things, Big Things - Week 43

Key Verse: Isaiah 40:11. Scriptures used in lesson: Luke 2:10-11; Isaiah 40:11. Scriptures used as reference for lesson: Luke 2:1-20, 39, Matthew 1:21, 2:1--

Concepts Children Learn: Little ones are important to God. God had BIG plans for little baby Jesus. Jesus loves us like a shepherd loves his sheep.

Prep: Mark you bible with the verses used in the lesson: Luke 2:10-11; Isaiah 40:11. Make the Twirly Star Craft, or purchase a large star decoration , dangly stars, or silver star cutouts, (Optional). (I get no compensation for these links). Hang above where you will be doing the lesson. Make stickers to use with story pictures. See craft page for instructions. Print the b&w or color story pages. Use these pictures from Week 42: Sticker p1 bw , sticker p1 color, sticker p2 bw, sticker p2 color, stickers p3 bw, stickers p3 color, 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 2color, 3bw, 3color, 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 5color, 10bw, 10color. New pictures to print for this week: 6bw, 6color, 7bw, 7color , 8bw, 8color, 9bw, 9color.

The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You don't need to read the words on the actual story pages. They are for use as posters or coloring pages). Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in paren-theses tell you what actions you do.

LESSON: Little Things, Big Things

Let's continue our story from last week. Some of you didn't get to hear the story last week, so we will tell the story from the beginning. This time, you can all help me tell the story. It will be fun! I'l show you what to do as I tell the story! Its a true story from the bible that really happened. (1) One day a long time ago, an angel from heaven came to visit Mary! Angels have BIG wings. Can you show me what an angel's BIG wings look like? (Show children how to hold arms straight out and move arms up and down like wings). Who wants to put the angel sticker on the picture? (Let child place angel sticker on picture). When Mary saw the angel she got scared! The angel had a special message for her. Let's look under the flap and see what the angel said to Mary. (Lift flap) The angel said, "Don't be afraid! I have great things to tell you! You will have a baby! His name will be Jesus. He will be great! He is the Son of God!"

We know that angels have messages from God, and what God says will always happen. And, just like the angel said, Mary was almost ready to have the baby. But they couldn't stay in her little town (hold hands out in front of you, close together) to have the baby. The ruler of their country told the people they all had to go to the BIG city (hold hands wide apart) so the king could count all the people. (2) So Mary went to the BIG city with Joseph. Joseph was the one that Mary would soon get married to. The big city was a far away! They didn't have cars in Bible times, so they had to walk. Let's all pretend to walk with Mary and Joseph. Let's take BIG steps so we get there faster! (Show children how to take big steps and swing your arms as you stand and walk in place). When they finally got to the BIG city (hold hands wide apart), it was late. They needed a place to sleep. (3) So they went to the BIG inn (hold hands wide apart) that had lots of rooms for people to stay at. But there were no rooms left! (4) The only place left for them to stay was in a little stable (hold hands out in front of you, close together), where the animals stay. Let's put some animals in the stable. (Open doors and let children add animal stickers). That night, little baby Jesus was born. Little babies (hold hands out in front of you, close together) need little cribs to sleep in, but there were no cribs in the stable! (5) But there was a little manger. A manger is a wooden box that is used to put the animals'' food in. The little manger was just the right size for little baby Jesus (hold hands out in front of you, close together). So Mary laid little baby Jesus in the little wooden manger. Who wants to put the baby Jesus sticker on the manger? (Let child add babyJesus sticker). Shh-hh! (Whisper) Let's be very quiet and close the doors so the baby can sleep. (Close doors to stable). (Resume normal voice)

(6) That night some shepherds were in a pasture nearby. They were taking care of their little sheep (hold hands out in front of you, close together). Who hasn't had a turn to put some stickers on the picture? (Let children add sheep stickers). Suddenly, an angel came down from heaven! Let's put the angel sticker on the picture. (Let children add angel sticker). He had a very happy message to tell the shepherds: (Read Luke 2:10-11) (Speak loudly). Soon the sky was filled with so many angels who were singing praises to God! What a beautiful sound to hear! (Whisper). After the angels left, it was very quiet. The shepherds said to each other, "Let's go see this special little baby that the angels told us about!" So off they went to see little baby Jesus! They could hardly wait! Finally they got to the stable where baby Jesus was. (5 again) (Let children add shepherd stickers). But where was baby Jesus? (Let child open stable doors). There he is! (Point to baby Jesus). Just like the angel said, little baby Jesus was all bundled up in cloths, lying in the little wooden manger! The shepherds were so happy! On their way back home, they told everyone they saw all about little baby Jesus! Let's close the doors so he can sleep. (Let child close stable doors again).

(7) Some time passed, and Jesus was growing up. One day, far away in a another land, some wise men saw a star high in the sky. It was not a little star (hold hands out in front of you, close together). That star was a great BIG star! (Hold arms wide apart). It was bigger and brighter than all the rest! (Point up to the hanging star or have children add the star sticker). They knew this special star meant that a Savior was born! They were so excited that they had to go worship him! So they packed their things and went on the long trip to Bethehem, far far away. Let's all pretend to walk with the wise men. (Lead children to stomp on the floor). (7,8) The star led the wise men right to Jesus' house! Here he is with Mary. We can see Jesus is bigger now. (Point to the picture of Jesus). He is about two years old. (9 and gifts from sticker p3) When they saw Jesus, they were so full of joy that they bowed down and worshiped him. They knew that even though Jesus was still little, that God had BIG plans for him. They knew that Jesus was the one God sent to save the people from their sins! So they wanted to give Jesus the very best. So, they gave him precious gifts. Who wants to stick the gifts on the picture? (Let children add gift stickers). Isn't that a wonderful story? Thank you all for helping me with the story. Let's have snack, and then we will talk about the story.

CIRCLE TIME: (What does this mean for me?)

Our story today had lots of little things and lots of big things. As children you are not very big right now. You are still pretty little. (Hold hand at waist-level). But, soon you will grow up BIG. Show me how big you will be! (Show children how to stand up and reach up high). But did you know that little ones are very important to God? Everybody is important to God -- the great BIG people, and the very little ones too! When Baby Jesus was born, he was very little (hold hands close together), but but God had very BIG plans for him. God wanted to show us how much he loved us. So, he sent Jesus to die on the cross for us. We deserve to be punished when we do wrong things. But Jesus was punished for us. That's how Jesus showed us how much he loved us! Jesus did that so we could be close to God and let him lead us. Jesus did that for everyone - for little and for BIG people. (10) Here's what our bible says about Jesus: (Read Isaiah 40:11). Now we have Jesus to lead us, like a shepherd leads his little lambs. The shepherd cares gently for his sheep. He knows each one by name. He goes to find the lost sheep, and brings it back so it can be cared for by him. Jesus loves us like that. I'm so glad we have a shepherd like Jesus to lead us!

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