Teaching kids to be gracious receivers

What do your kids do when they open their Christmas gifts and find:

  • A duplicate of something they already have.
  • The gift is something they truly don’t like. (Your 14-year-old receives a brown and purple sweater dotted with green squirrels.)
  • The gift is for the wrong age. (Your 12-year-old gets a preschool coloring book.)
  • The gift is inappropriate. (You might not like your child having toys or apparel promoting a certain TV or cartoon character, but Aunt Jane doesn’t know that.)

Modern Day Joseph, a web site of the children’s ministry AWANA, has a great article with practical tips on how to encourage our kids to be gracious when they receive gifts.

Free Powerpoint game – Christmas lights

Free powerpoint Christmas gameLast year we made a little PowerPoint game for Christmas.  As the post announcing this resource is deep in our archives, we are flagging it up again here, to let you know that the free PowerPoint is still available for download.

It’s a very simple idea – the two teams have to answer questions in order to light all five bulbs in their string of Christmas lights. 

Right-click on the link below and save the file to your harddrive. Don’t worry if you do not have the Powerpoint program on your computer. This self-running file with open up and work just the same, using your mouse to click on the lights.

You can download the Christmas lights game here.

Free resources for Christmas party publicity

You may well be planning your children’s Christmas party round about now. Are you looking for free downloadable resources, to help you  produce professionally designed invitations and flyers?

We thought you might be interested in a web site we’ve just come across.

Christian Tools of Affirmation have some products to buy, but they also generously make available  for free download PDFs which you can customize. Invitations, flyers,  cards, door hangers, even related service plans for schools, are on their pages.

This year’s theme is Love came down at Christmas. Free Christmas party invitation resources

Last year’s theme is also still available. It was Happy Birthday Jesus.

Simply Nativity PowerPoint presentation

Last year we made a PowerPoint presentation with simple The shepherd going to Bethlehem from a free Christmas Powerpoint Presentationillustrations.  It was  intended for children aged 5-7 years. But, of course, you can adapt the language to any age group.

As the post announcing this resource is deep in our archives, we are flagging it up again here, to let you know that the free PowerPoint is still available for download, as is the PDF with notes for a simple presentation of the Bible story of the first Christmas.

Detail from a free Powerpoint Christmas nativity presentationWe have found little children are not the only ones who love to hear this story retold. Older children and adults alike have enjoyed this presentation, with the colourful and endearing pictures. We hope you might find it useful in whatever context you are working.

>> Download the Nativity PowerPoint presentation 

>>Download the outline script for the Nativity PowerPoint Presentation [PDF]

Tell the Christmas story with a pillow

 

If you are looking for a fresh way to tell the Christmas story, especially to young children, there is a great idea over at Eliab.com.

Using only a soft pillow as a prop, Don Stott demonstrates his method.

While you are over at Eliab.com, have a look round. Don has heaps of really useful ideas and resources available.

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