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More so, I believe in Saint Valentine and all that he was from the history that is know about him. Thus, we celebrate the man as well….
So today was our first class back to religious education tonight. I sure did miss my kiddos, but I wish I had just one more week to RELAX!! The holidays were so hectic and we’re already back in full swing again.
Tonight’s lesson was a little late, but I feel it’s an important one for the kids to know about. Trying to do it before Christmas would have been too much and it wouldn’t have meant as much. This way, it’s just a few days late and they should have been at mass on Sunday to hear the sermon.
We did Epiphany tonight. I did my lesson and we went over key words. They enjoyed learning about magi, kings, and wisemen….and then all being the same 3 men that brought Jesus gifts. We did a Three Wise Men coloring page as our first activity after our class discussion. BTW, that same site has some other great coloring pages!!
Tonight wasn’t loaded with things, as I like to work them back into the routine. Sometimes at their young age, they can get overwhelmed. Finally, we did a craft project that I created for them. We made Epiphany Gift Boxes!! These were fun to make and the kids had fun putting them together. These have multiple uses. They could make a gift for Jesus, or a gift for the priest, or a number of other things. Actually the best part of class was listening to each one say what they were going to use their boxes for. There was things like putting cough drops in them, hiding their candy in it, making something for mom and putting it in the box to give to her…..and they went on.
I recommend that you print these on card stock. That way they’ll be nice and sturdy. Also, I made the lid to fit over the box, but my kids thought it bothered the sides of the box, so they put the lid inside. It fit well either way and I was surprised that even on the inside, they could remove it as they wanted. Directions are included with the printable.
Here’s a preview of what these printable Epiphany gift boxes look like….
Gift box created by Elaine © 2013. The three wise men © ColoringCrew.
If you’re interested in making this gift box with your kids, just click here to….
As a little bonus today, I have a set of 3 Wisemen memory cards. It’s a small set, but great for a time filler, perhaps while you’re helping your kids or students assemble the gift box!! If you use this free printable, please leave a comment and let me know if you and/or the kids enjoyed it. I love seeing how my projects are used, so just include your link so I can check it out!! Please click here to vote for my blog….thanks!!
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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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