I struggled with a lesson tonight. I have the rest of the year planned, but tonight was a blank for me. Since the feast day of Epiphany is 6 January, I decided to go with that for tonight’s lesson. It worked out well and I want to share some of the activities that we did with you all.
We started with a coloring page that I made for them. It tells them what Epiphany is and the date. Then they had a picture to color from dailycoloringpages.com and I added that to the sheet. You can download the Epiphany sheet here. The kids said they “loved” the picture, so I’m glad I picked that one. I was torn between 3 of them and narrowed it to 2 and decided on this one because it just seemed like my kids in class.
Next, we did our craft. I wanted something pretty basic since this is the first week after Christmas Break. I didn’t know what kind of mood they’d be in or how much effort they’d put into it. For the craft, I chose the wiseman silhouette from DLTK and it couldn’t have worked out any better. I chose to apply it to a light blue background so that they’d really stand out. They did!! Here is the one that I did…..
If you’re interested in doing this craft with your kids or class, please just click the image above and it will open to the craft page at DLTK. Notice we did ours different than the sites instructions. I made copies of the camel/wiseman and then we cut them out. After that, we glued it onto the blue paper. This is much easier for my age group.
We also did a maze, and I don’t remember where I got that from. They didn’t like it as much as the other activities!! Finally, I wasn’t sure how much time we’d have, so I printed off a letter writing sheet from First-School. It’s a good thing that I did have the extra because only half my class showed up today. With a smaller class, you go through activities much quicker. You can find the Ww-wise men writing sheet here.
The last thing that I have for you we didn’t do in class tonight. Back in 2008, I made a file folder game that’s perfect for Epiphany. This is a fun game more than a lesson, but it still gets the point across. You could also add your own cards to make the game part of a lesson or for review. The game is called Follow the Star and can be found here. There’s also a game from 2007 called The First Christmas that would be good for review of Christmas and Epiphany. For this one, players must answer questions about the holiday if they land on a “gift” space, which is the gifts of the 3 Wisemen. You can find this game here.
That about covers it!! I hope that you find something here that you can use with your kids or class for Epiphany. Mine really seemed to enjoy this lesson and took a lot away from it.
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