Last week we began talking about Christmas. As I work in a Catholic school we always start our Christmas focus with the story of the first Christmas. We talked about the etymology of the word Christmas; Christ + mass. We discussed how it’s the mass to celebrate Jesus’ birth. We have a small Children’s Bible that breaks the story into sizeable chunks. The first story was called The Angel’s Secret. We wondered beforehand what the secret could possibly be.
We gave the children a multitude of supplies on the activity table and a few ideas and let them create their own angel however they liked. Some chose to use doileys for wings while others chose gold paper or Christmas paper. Some angels had halos while others didn’t.
We have set up two different dramatic play areas. One is a nativity set and the other is a lounge room set with a Christmas tree we made ourselves. We spray painted the tree from our camping set gold and decorated it with red tinsel. We will let the children make decorations to hang on it.
For our Nativity set we laid a queen sized white sheet on the ground and drew a stable scene. We then painted it with acrylic paint. The aim is that we will be able to reuse this resource year after year. We hung it on the wall behind our stage. In the centre of the stage we placed a couple of chairs and a cot/manger.
A few years ago we bought some nativity costumes. Some of them like the Mary costume and the shepherd costume came with accessories such as a baby Jesus and lambs. It was interesting to note that even at this age the boys refuse to wear the shepherd’s costumes as they are “dresses”. It’s been enjoyable watching the children re-enact the stories they have been listening to throughout the week.