A Christmas Display

by Rebecca

A Nativity Display of Toys

A Nativity Display of Toys

If you feel that preparing a performance is not the best option for your Sunday school, making a display is a good alternative. A display can be very simple or incredibly elaborate.



If you feel that preparing a performance is not the best option for your Sunday school, making a display is a good alternative. A display can be very simple or incredibly elaborate.

When planning the Christmas program, decide where you can put your display.

Do you want your pupils to be able to look at it and maybe touch it? Then a low table in your Sunday school room may be appropriate.

Do you want the parents of your pupils and other members of your church to be able to admire the display? Then perhaps a shelf or glass cabinet in your church hall is a good idea.

Do you want to display all of the scenes or just once scene each week? It is important to think about these aspects before you start.

A simple display, perhaps to make with preschoolers, could consist of four scenes from the Christmas story.

Examples are "The Angel Gabriel Visits Mary", "The Journey to Bethlehem", "The Birth of Jesus" and "The Shepherds Hear The News". If you wanted to extend the Christmas project to include Epiphany, you could make a scene called "The Wise Men Come To Visit".

On each Sunday you could read a short passage from the Bible describing these events and then make the display. Each display could consist of small objects and toys that you can find at home and found objects like twigs.

If your pupils are older, they may like to make the
figures, animals and backgrounds for each scene. One idea would be to make peg dolls and pipe cleaner animals to put in front of painted backdrops.

Another idea would be to ask each child to draw one of the figures or animals in each scene on a separate piece of paper. Then you could cut the figures and animals out and stick them onto a background. If anyone in your Sunday school or congregation has particular skills in handcrafts, ask if they would like to share this skill and help you and your pupils to make a display.

What about knitted or sculpted figures and animals?

If you show the Christmas display to the parents or
other members of your church, ask a child to stand by each scene and explain what is happening. Children often like to tell people what they have been doing and older members of your congregation will probably really enjoy hearing what the youngest members do in Sunday school.

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