5 Christmas Sunday School Object Lessons

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Here are 5 Christmas object lessons (taken from my Christmas curriculum) that I think you will LOVE. Every one of them are easy to setup, no crazy purchases are required and they all are impactful and have some element of surprise.

Christmas Sunday School Object Lessons Your Class Will L-O-V-E:

1. Miracle Inside Mary's Belly

This Christmas Sunday School object lesson reminds kids of the miraculous Christmas miracle that grew in Mary's belly.

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Key Thought: Mary experienced a true Christmas miracle!

Materials Needed:

  • 2 empty plastic drink bottles
  • Thumbtack (or nail)
  • Several latex balloons

Directions:

  1. Make a small hole in the bottom of one plastic bottle with a thumbtack.
  2. Choose two volunteers.
  3. Each volunteer puts a balloon inside a bottle, stretching the balloon's opening over the bottle's top.
  4. Start talking about Mary being unable to have a baby.
  5. The volunteer with the bottle without a hole tries to blow up the balloon (it won't inflate).
  6. Talk about the angel visiting Mary and her miracle.
  7. The volunteer with the bottle with a hole tries to blow up their balloon (it will inflate).
  8. Explain Mary's 'Christmas miracle'.

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Tip: Practice this before class to both see how it works and have confidence it will work when you are teaching! 🙂

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One day Mary is visited by an angel. (Luke 1:26-38) And in that moment Mary is plucked from basically complete obscurity to become the earthly mother of Jesus. WOW!

Admittedly this story is a little tricky with young ears listening because it involves the process of making babies, and how that didn’t happen in Mary’s situation. So…tread gently.

That being said, here’s a fun Sunday School Christmas Object Lesson to talk about a baby growing in Mary’s belly in a miraculous way!

Before starting, use the thumbtack to make a small hole in the bottom of one of the plastic bottles. The hole should be about the size of a small nail head – big enough for air to come out but small enough you can’t easily see it.

Pick two volunteers and ask each to put the balloon inside the bottle with the opening of the balloon stretched out over the lip of the bottle. (so if you put your mouth on the lip of the bottle, you are blowing into a balloon).

Begin to talk about Mary and the fact that she was a single lady unable to have a baby by herself.

As you talk, have the volunteer who does NOT have the small hole in his bottle attempt to blow up the balloon. (It will be next to impossible due to air pressure)

Then one day an angel from God visited Mary and told her that the most amazing thing had happened! She had been picked by God to carry baby Jesus! A baby would begin to grow inside her belly!

As you talk, have the volunteer whose bottle DOES have the small hole attempt to blow up their balloon (Mary’s belly) … and it will work!

Mary experienced a true ‘Christmas miracle’ unlike anything the world has ever seen!

ISAIAH 7:14

"The Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be pregnant. She will have a son, and she will name him Immanuel." (NCV)

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2. No Room in the Inn

Discuss Mary and Joseph trying to find a place to stay in Bethlehem with this Christmas object lesson for your Sunday School class.

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Key Thought: As the prophecy foretold, Jesus was born in Bethlehem

Materials Needed:

  • apple
  • sturdy drinking straw

Directions:

  1. Try to stab an apple with a straw without covering the end of the straw.
  2. Cover one end of the straw with your thumb.
  3. Stab the apple with the other end of the straw to push it through.

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The journey to Bethlehem must have been crazy difficult. Added on top of the stress that must have created, by the time Mary and Joseph actually got into town all of the houses were full of people. Every door they knocked on they heard the same answer, “Sorry all full”.

Ugh!

But eventually, finally, they found a spot…far from ideal, but exactly as it had been prophesied many many years before. In a manger with the animals, the Savior of the world was born.

What a glorious Christmas that must have been!

Begin by talking about Mary and Joseph’s arriving in Bethlehem, as the prophecies had said...and then likely beginning the search for a place to both sleep and deliver their baby. (The biblical narrative never describes them actually going door-to-door looking for a place to stay)

As you talk about them not finding anywhere to stay, begin poking the apple with the straw as if you are trying to stab the apple with it.

Was the prophecy right? Was there even a place in Bethlehem for them to stay?

Then, finally they found a place…not the best of locations, but it would have to do…a stable (likely a cave or the back of a house) out back with all the animals.

As you talk about Mary and Joseph finding a spot, put your thumb over one end of the straw and stab the apple with the other end. The straw goes in and can be pushed all the way through the apple!

The wait was finally over, now baby Jesus could be born - in Bethlehem just as it had been predicted many, many years before.

MICAH 5:2

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are too small to be among the army groups from Judah, from you will come one who will rule Israel for me. He comes from very old times, from days long ago." <NCV)

3. The Wise Men's Star

This fun idea class turns some ordinary toothpicks into a star!

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Key Thought: A star announced the arrival of our Savior, Jesus!

Materials Needed:

  • toothpicks
  • water
  • water dispenser (a small syringe works great)

Directions:

  1. Break each toothpick in half without completely separating them.
  2. Arrange the broken toothpicks into an open star shape.
  3. Pour a few drops of water into the center of the toothpick arrangement.
  4. Watch as the toothpicks move and form a closed star shape.

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The wise men saw a start they had never seen before and knew that something special was happening. So they saddled up their horses (ok, probably camels) and began the journey to find the newborn king.

What’s also amazing about their story is that when they got to the baby, they worshipped him with gifts offered…to a king. It reminds me of the verse in Galatians 4:4 that “the time had fully come” … it’s as if the whole world was waiting, and watching, and looking for any sign that it was time.

And when the wise men saw the star, they knew…IT WAS TIME!

Here’s a really fun, almost ‘magic trick’ style Christmas object lesson your Sunday School kids will love.

Prepare the toothpicks by breaking each one in half (without completely separating them) and then align them in the shape of a star but leave the ends open so the edges of the star is still open.

One of the most amazing events to ever happen in the sky, happened shortly after the first Christmas.

Wise men, who probably regularly studied the sky, saw an amazing star they had never seen before rise in the east and knew it to be a sign.

At this point, pour just a few drops of water into the center of the arrangement. As the water hits the broken edges of the toothpicks, the edges will gradually come together to form a star!

Immediately they packed up their things and began the journey to discover what was underneath that star.

As they followed the star, they got closer, and closer, and closer to the greatest sight they had ever seen. The star had led them directly to baby Jesus – the Savior of the world!

When they found baby Jesus they fell down and worshipped him because they knew they were in the presence of TRUE royalty!

MATTHEW 2:10-11

"When the wise men saw the star, they were filled with joy. They came to the house where the child was and saw him with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. They opened their gifts and gave him treasures of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” (NCV)

4. The Angels Appear to the Shepherds

In this Sunday School object lesson for Christmas you'll help kids imagine what it must have been like for the shepherds

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Key Thought: Angels made a spectacular announcement of Jesus' birth

Materials Needed:

    • empty Pringles can
    • 2 clear lids from Pringles cans
    • Sharpie marker
    • flashlight

Directions:

  1. Draw one angel on a lid, and many angels on the other lid.
  2. Start telling the story about the shepherds and angels.
  3. Turn on a flashlight and place it inside the Pringles can.
  4. Cover the can with the lid that has one angel drawn on it.
  5. Project the light from the can onto a wall to see the angel.
  6. Switch to the lid with many angels when talking about the host of angels appearing.

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Luke 2:8-20 describes the night the angels visited the shepherds.

Oh man what a sight that must have been. If you stop and think about it these shepherds had NO IDEA they were about to get the greatest announcement OF ALL TIME. They were just minding their business when all of a sudden out of nowhere an angel shows up!

Here's how this one works:

Take each of the clear plastic Pringles lids and draw 1 angel on one of the lids. On the other lid draw lots of angels.

Then as you begin to tell the story of the shepherds seeing the angels, turn the flashlight on and drop it into the can.

Put the single angel drawing on top of the can with the flashlight in it as you talk about an angel appearing to the shepherds. When the light is projected on a wall, you’ll see your angel!!

Then when the whole host of angels appear switch the lid out for the one with lots of angels on it!

LUKE 2:8-10

"That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and they became very frightened. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people." (NCV)

5. Light of the World

In this special object lesson your Sunday School class will have a memorable way to remember that Jesus is the light of the world.

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Key Thought: Jesus is the light of the world.

Materials Needed:

    • electrical wire with the ends stripped of insulation
    • low watt lightbulb
    • D battery

Directions:

  1. Attempt to light the bulb with the battery alone to show it doesn't work.
  2. Connect the wire to the battery and lightbulb.
  3. Show how the lightbulb illuminates once properly connected.

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At Christmas we celebrate the fact that God sent His Son into this dark world to bring light.

So in Sunday School, as you describe why, and how Jesus is the light of the world, here’s a fun “electrical” Christmas object lesson that would work perfectly!

At Christmas, Jesus came to a world that needed saving. People needed hope that all the stuff that had done wrong would not mean they couldn’t get into heaven after they died. People everywhere needed a person to go between them and God and say “I’ll pay for all the wrong they’ve done so they have a clean record and can enter heaven.” And that “go between” was Jesus.

Another way to say that, is the world was DARK, and it need a LIGHT. And Jesus came into our dark world when we needed Him most and gave us hope for a future…He gave us LIGHT!

(Attempt to use the battery and lightbulb, minus the wire to turn the light on.)

As hard as we try, there’s no way for us to produce the LIGHT we need. We can’t do enough good to enter Heaven.

But when Jesus enters the picture, everything changes.

(show the wire and begin to connect the elements so the light illuminates)

Jesus brings light to our lives and hope that we have a future after we die. It is this light of Jesus that we celebrate at Christmas!

JOHN 8:12

"Later, Jesus talked to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness but will have the light that gives life." " (NCV)

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