Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Jesus' Birthday Present...

Each year, on the Sunday before Christmas, we have a birthday party for Jesus during Sunday School opening.  The kids wrap up a box with money inside (from piggy banks, etc.)...and put it up front on the steps in front of the pulpit... and we have a birthday cake and sing "Happy Birthday!"

So, we made our birthday boxes...using two empty toothpaste boxes, ripped up tissue paper in red and green, glue, paint brushes, ribbon, tape and glue sticks.
First, tape one end closed so no coinage can slip through.  Then paint/glue on your tissue paper.
This is a VERY sticky proposition....but it's GOOD for kids to get messy.  I'm always a tiny bit surprised when Mom's say they don't do crafts like glue and play-doh because it's messy.  I think, "Yeah, sooooo....then you teach them to help clean up!"  We had glue ALL over the table...and it scrubbed right off.  I should have taken a picture of that...
Later that night...DadE broke out our coin can (where we save all our spare change)...and they loaded their boxes full.  It was fun!!
They dried nice and hard...and we tied ribbons around and glue sticked them down...so they wouldn't slide off.  Then I taped the other side shut...again, no coinage losses.  All the monies are going to go to our missionaries.  We send them something special at Christmastime.
I'm sure the church treasurer is going to LOVE me for this one!!  Hehe...

2 comments:

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

How precious. I haven't made a birthday cake for Jesus in awhile...my children out grew it..but we do have a four year old and I am going to do it for him this year...I am sure it will bring back memories for my adult children also.
Oh, I saw you have been reading John Piper's Christmas poems...he tells what all he goes through to write those poems in his devotional book "Taste and See" which I am going through.
Enjoyed my visit!

Beverly said...

What a great idea...and a great teaching tool. Your children are "catching" service and generosity! I was one of those "no playdough" mommys. I know I tried it at least once and I did make play dough for children's church, but hated the cleanup, sometimes it got in the carpet....uggggg!