One of my favourite ways to help children review and understand stories is my retelling them in their own words, through play or with activities. In this simple activity, we use a set of story sequencing cards based on The Nativity Story to order, retell and understand the reason that we celebrate Christmas. Please check through to the end as I have a suggestion for you to create a set of Sequencing Cards with your own child too.
The Nativity Story
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Nativity Story Sequencing
Check to the end of the post about involving your children to create your own set of story sequencing cards if you want your child to produce them as well as use our remade cards which you can download when you sign up for our Book Based Activities News Letter. Or you can purchase the set in our store.
Materials Needed for your Christmas Story Sequencing Activity
A set of the Story Sequencing Cards
Printer – we have recently switched to an HP Envy with Insta Ink and love how easy it is to use and the quality of the printing.
Optional – Laminator (I would recommend that you use this if you wish to keep the cards for a while or use with a group of students)
Making and Using your Nativity Story Cards
Once you have downloaded your card print onto white cardstock and cut out.
Laminate if you wish.
Once made then shuffle and lay out the cards – read out the different simplistic statements and sequence the story to help your children retell the Nativity Story.
How to create your own Nativity Story Sequencing Cards
In my crafting supplies I have a set of Christmas Stencils and within that set are some based on the Nativity Story, they are available on Etsy and we used these to create our own Nativity Story Sequencing Cards.
They are washable and easy to use – we attached them to the paper with some masking tape and then drew around the outside and coloured them in with the stencil in place as at the time my youngest was a toddler so it made it easier to produced coloured cards.
More Nativity Activities for Children
More Resources for Helping Children Understand the Meaning behind Christmas
This Nativity Set from Fisher-Price was one of the first that we got. With figures that are easy to hold when combined with the story sequencing cards you can use them to retell the story and play out the Christmas Story.
Looking for costumes so that children can act out the Nativity Story themselves – then check out our collection of Best DIY and Store Brought Nativity costumes for kids.
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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.