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Jesus' Birth through the Eyes of the Wisemen
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Kitchen lesson on the second gift of the fourth wiseman, a ruby (based on stone stew).
- Read the scripture ahead of time
- Gather the materials
- Brown lunch bags with “gift” items in them. (See list below)
- some bread
- plastic knife
- small jar of peanut butter
- small jar of jelly
- paper towels
- small plates
- small plastic cups
- flavored yogurt
- Small printed inventory forms. These can be simple lined paper with numbers for the kids to fill out.
- Pencils or Pens
- 1 paper with the “assignment” and instructions for making the sandwiches and parfaits
Advance Preparation Requirements:
- Make up the bags and put them on a table in sight when the kids come into the room.
( Have a child who is good at “drama” draw an “assignment” from a hat. Explain privately in advance to your dramatic student the gist of the exercise and ask them to put on a good show of being upset that they have been given an impossible assignment.)
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction
Greet the children and introduce yourself and any helpers that you have.
Dig- Main Content and Reflection
Begin the class by discussing Arteban’s saving of the child in Bethlehem. Talk about what his original plan for the ruby was and why he decided to give it to the Soldier instead of to Jesus.
Give each child a brown paper bag containing an “inventory” of their gifts. The list below is for 12 bags. To each bag, add 3 or 4 random items that will not be needed to complete the assignment such as a pencil, some note paper, a silk flower, paper clips etc.
Tell the dramatic child (so that the others can hear) that they must complete their assignment in a given time period or face the consequences (un-named). Send your dramatic student to the far side of the class to “work on their assignment” (Their assignment will be to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and yogurt parfaits for the rest of the class)
With the rest of the students, begin a class discussion. Pass out inventory sheets and have them make an inventory of the gifts they have in their bags that they could use to help other people. While you are having that discussion, the student at the other end of the room should be whining and fussing loudly that their assignment is impossible. Eventually, call that student over and have them explain what they are whining about. Act annoyed with them and in an exasperated voice, ask if any of the children can help that student complete their task. Let the kids figure out that they all have a “gift” to offer that will complete the assignment. Allow them to work together to make the snacks.
Parfait Directions: In a plastic cup place a couple of spoons of granola. Top that with sliced bananas. Top the bananas with some yogurt. Top the yogurt with a sprinkling of the granola.
While the kids enjoy their snacks, talk to them about what Jesus meant by loving your neighbor. Your neighbor is the person physically closest to you. You love them by finding out their needs and using your gifts to help them. Tell them that Jesus gives us all different gifts. We may not always have in our “inventory” what our neighbor needs but we must be aware of our gifts and be ready to use them in service to others when they are needed.
Suggest that their gifts might include:
- Excellent eye sight to help mom or dad find something small that has fallen on the floor, like an earring back or a small screw.
- The ability to run quickly to get something needed, like a diaper for a younger sibling or a pencil when mom is on the phone.
- Can you make your siblings laugh or entertain them in the car so that your parents can concentrate on driving.
- Do you have time at the end of the day to help your teacher push the chairs in or tidy the class room.
- Are you strong enough to hold the door for someone who has their hands full.
Let them brainstorm other “gifts” in their personal inventory that can be used as a Servant of Jesus.
Have the children help one another to clean up after their snack.
Close with a sentence prayer having each child give thanks for one of their gifts.
A Sunday School lesson written by Snix, rotation member.