Color Through the Christmas Story–One Verse at a Time

Color through the Christmas Story One Verse at a Time for Advent

Simple. Easy to prep. Deep with meaning.  <—– my goals

I wanted something new this year, specifically for my daughter who is 9. I wanted to focus on the Christmas story in the Bible, one verse at a time. We have done many awesome daily Advent activities, but this year I wanted something different. I created this new Color Through the Christmas Story this week, which is why I am sharing it just a day before it begins. The good news – if you want to use it, you can print today and be ready for Dec, 1 EASILY! Or if you find this after Dec. 1, it’s easy to catch up!

The basic idea:

  1. Read one Bible verse {or 2 depending on the day}.
  2. Color the word or picture on the master picture.
  3. Discuss as desired.

See how simple that is?

Three options are offered for the daily verses. The first is a basic font with a tracing option. The second is the verse written out in full. I offered the verses in ESV, since that’s the version our church uses, but I also provided strips with the verse alone so you can look up together in whatever version you prefer.

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There is a coloring page that will come together throughout the month. My hope was that this page would lead to much discussion as each word and symbol is rich with meaning. This is easy to print for all of your children so they each have one to work on while you discuss the verses each day.

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There’s a chart to guide you with what to color each day.

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I printed the verses on red paper and made a paper countdown chain, but you could simply cut up the verses and pull one out each day.

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I chose the verses based on a few things, beginning with the prophecy found in Isaiah – planning to discuss this with her on the first 2 days. Then the verses get into the actual Christmas story from Luke. I bring the Wise Men in at their proper time {not actually at the manger at birth} by adding verses from Matthew. I then close with John 3:16 and John 1:14 to pull it all together.

I hope many of you enjoy this over the years. Download it for free by clicking the button below!

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Free Christmas Printable Collection

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10 Ideas to Keep JESUS at the Center of December

10 Ideas to Keep Jesus at the Center of December and Christmas

Are you looking for ways to keep Jesus at the center of your Christmas season? Jesus is the center of EVERY month, however in December, as we focus our attention towards CHRISTmas, many parents want to point their kids towards Christ. This post will share 10 ideas for you to help your children focus on JESUS during the month of December!

I do NOT recommend doing all of these, you will become overwhelmed as a parent! Choose what stands out to you and speaks to your heart.

Ideas for keeping Jesus at the center of Christmas for kids

1. Advent Organization

One thing I like to do is plan our Advent activities in advance to save my sanity. I use the brown paper bag method and add whatever I want into the bags each year. See what we did specifically one year here!

Organize Advent Activities in Advance

2. Jesse Tree

One thing that has been a part of our Advent bags is our JesseTree Calendar cards and ornaments.

Jesse Tree Resources

3. Truth in the Tinsel

We have had SO much fun with Truth in the Tinsel. I highly recommend it if you haven’t experienced it yet!

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4. Nativity Printables

Many years ago I created a Nativity Preschool Printable Pack and recently we released a new Nativity Mega Bundle. We also have Nativity Q-tip painting here! Create a Christmas Activity notebook filled with fun printables that focus on Jesus’ birth!

Nativity Mega Bundle Christmas Nativity Printables Christmas Nativity Q-Tip Painting

5. CHRISTmas Books

We love collecting Christmas books and below you can see our very favorites! Click over to the blog if reading in email.

Favorite Christmas Books for Kids

6. The Sparkle Box

one of those books above is The Sparkle Box. This was an AWESOME time for our family, I blogged about one of our years with the Sparkle Box here. See why Ladybug didn’t think it was such a great idea at first.

The Sparkle Box

7. Christmas Bible Verse and Nativity Coloring

Spend some time coloring as a family with our many free coloring printables! We have Christmas Bible Verse Coloring here, Nativity Coloring for Kids here,

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8. CHRISTmas Play Sets

One of our favorite traditions is getting out our nativity play sets. Many we have had since my kids were very young and even as they get older, we still get them out! If reading in email, jump over to blog to see links}

Our favorites:

9. The Birth of Jesus from Grapevine

I love this simple study, see our experience with it here.

Grapevine Bible Studies The Birth of Jesus

10. The Right Attitude

Above all else, a Godly attitude throughout the busy month of December is one of the best ways we can keep Jesus at the center!

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What are YOUR favorite ways to focus on Jesus during the Christmas season?



Christmas Bible Verse Coloring Pages

Christmas Bible Verse Coloring

We have a new set of free CHRISTMAS Bible Verse coloring pages for you! The idea behind “Just Color!” is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files! If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here.

The following pages are in this set!

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Download your free Christmas Bible Verse Coloring Pages here!

Scroll down until you see this graphic and click to download the set.

Christmas Bible Verse Coloring Pages

 

More Christmas Fun…

Find tons of free Christmas printables here!

Christmas Printables and Ideas



Thanksgiving Bible Verse Coloring Pages

Thanksgiving Bible Verse Coloring Pages

We have a new set of THANKSGIVING Bible Verse coloring pages for you!  The idea behind “Just Color!” is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

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Remember, if you want to make a mini coloring book, you can always scale down PDF files! If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here.

The following pages are in this set!

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Download your free Thanksgiving Bible Verse Coloring Pages here!

Scroll down until you see this graphic and click to download the set.

Thanksgiving Bible Verse Coloring

 

More Thanksgiving Fun…

Turkey Activities in Fall Mega Bundle

Just Color Thanksgiving Printable Thanksgiving Activity Placemats for KidsThanksgiving Doodle Coloring Pages Thanksgiving Printables and Ideas Thanksgiving Q Tip Printables

Thanksgiving Theme Pinterest Board



Songs for Saplings ~ Questions with Answers Volume 1 NEW Printables

Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers 1 Bible Verse Tracers and Fill in the Blank Printables

 

A few years ago I created some printables to go along with one of my favorite CDs, Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers, Volume 1. You’ll find a poster for each song and some quiz cards about the Biblical truth taught in the song in that set.

In our new set of printables, you will find two new items to use with these songs.

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One is a fill-in-the-blank with missing words from the lyrics.

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The other is a verse card sharing the Bible verse{s} the song is based on. She uses the cursive set and traces missing words for a small cursive practice. I also have her read the verse to me in cursive to practice reading cursive. I included a manuscript set also in case you prefer those.

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My daughter is in 2nd grade and is using these for part of her Bible curriculum this year. She is learning one song per week.

I put the CD on an old iPod and taught her how to find it and play the right song. Once I helped her for the first week, she learned to manage this on her own. 

Here’s what she does each week…

Monday ~ She uses the song lyric poster and just listens to the song.

Tuesday ~ She listens to the song again, and then traces the missing words on the Bible verse card.

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Wednesday ~ She listens to the song and uses the quiz card to check her understanding of the truth being presented in the song.

Thursday ~ She listens to the song and fills in the missing words on the printable.

Friday ~ She shows me all of her work and sings the song for me. She mostly has it memorized by then, but I allow her to read along if she needs to. We discuss the truth and review the previous weeks also. Below she was singing her song to me, she had memorized this one and wanted me to hold the lyrics so she wouldn’t peek.

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I added this to her curriculum on a whim and am SO glad I did. She loves these songs and is learning so much. I am hoping to find time to make printables for the Questions and Answers 2 so we can keep going when she finishes these!

Here’s a video clip from Instagram showing her signing along as she was tracing the verse.

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Download Questions with Answers Volume 1 for FREE here!

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For this month only {Oct.’16} use code 1plus1plus1 to download all 6 for FREE!

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You can download these new printables here on my Bible Printables webpage, just look for the graphic and click on it!

Songs for Saplings Questions with Answers 1 Bible Verse Tracers and Fill in the Blank Printables

 

Download the first set of printables for this CD here!

Questions with Answers Volume 1 God and Creation Printables

 

Looking for the Songs for Saplings ABC printables?

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