M is for Mary- Activities to teach children about the Mother of Jesus

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M is For Mary - Activities to teach your child about the Mother of Jesus
Christmas is a time when Christians dust off their nativity sets and perhaps for the first time all year take a look at Mary. There is so much we can learn in studying the life of Mary as portrayed in the Scriptures. I invite you to read all of the Book of Luke. During this very special time, the coming of Christmas, let’s take a closer look at the mother of Jesus, her amazing life and the wonderful example Mary is to us and to our children.

An angel appeared to her …

“…God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you. Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.” Luke 1: 27­-31

Can you imagine? Mary was a young girl and an angel of the Lord appeared to her. How did she not scream or faint? How did she have enough courage to listen all the way through to what angel was telling her? How could she say, “Yes,” when most likely she was very frightened and wanted to run away at the angel’s words.

Take away lesson: God equips those He selects for the task at hand. “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:38

Activities for the children:

  • Draw a picture of the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary.
  • Draw a large letter “M” on the page and create words related to Mary.

Mary visited Elizabeth…

Mary did not sit idly by. Her cousin, Elizabeth was expecting a baby and she was expected to help. Was it her idea to go? Was it her mother’s idea? Why did she go when she was expecting a baby of her own? These are a few of the questions you might ask and discuss with your children. In addition, Mary said, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…”

Take away lesson: It isn’t always easy to think of others. However, Mary did this her entire life. She also thanked God for all that He gave her. Mary also was filled with the Holy Spirit and thus was able to say the beautiful words in the scene when she sees Elizabeth…” From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.” Luke 1:49

Activities for the children:

  • List all the ways Mary thought of others in her life.
  • What is grace? How is this shown in Mary’s life?

Mary gave birth to Jesus.

Did you ever wonder what Mary was thinking after she gave birth to the Savior of the world in a poor dwelling? Did she complain? No. She kept so many things in her heart. How amazing was this? We always place Mary close to Jesus, don’t we? That’s where she belongs, just like us ­­ close to our Lord.

I love the movie, “The Nativity Story, The Journey of a Lifetime, a Story for All Time.” If you have not seen it is a wonderful family movie for the entire family. One of my favorite scenes is those “looks” between Mary and Joseph. No words…just the way they look at each other in wonder. Another is when they meet one of the poor shepherds.

Take away lesson: Mary gave birth in a place that most of us wouldn’t even want to step foot into. She was selfless placing others before herself and she stays close to the Lord, just as we should.

Activities for the children:

  • Draw a picture of the nativity scene.
  • Name the animals that might have been in the stable?

There is so much more we can learn about Mary, so continue to study her. Study the Scriptures and you will find a wonderful pattern when it comes to Mary. Mary continues to point us to Jesus. She is in the background, pondering things in her heart. She tells us to do what He tells us. She keeps a focus on Christ just as we should. During this wonderful and special holiday season, I pray you keep Christ in your heart!

Click here to download your copy of the free Christmas activity book for the children.

About the Author: Felice Gerwitz is an author and publisher, at MediaAngels.com, and she hosts a weekly podcast, Vintage Homeschool Moms on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. Felice is a long time homeschool parent, has graduated three children and continues to school her youngest two and she is grandmother to six little ones. She enjoys writing, baking and reading ­­and spending time with her children and husband. Felice blogs at HomeForLearning.com

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