A simple to make star of Bethlehem craft for Christmas
Here is a nice, easy way to make the Star of Bethlehem either for a Christmas ornament or a window hanging, and it will help children understand the relevance of the Star of Bethlehem.
Have your children...
1. Glue three sticks together in the shape of a triangle.
2. Glue three more sticks together to make a second triangle.
3. Place second triangle over the first one, pointed side down to make a six pointed star.
6. Put a picture of the child (or other work of art) in the middle of the star.
7. Decorate the star using glue, sparkle, sequins, glitter or paint.
8. Use ribbon to hang star in window.
While students are cutting and coloring, after the gluing is done, you might find a great opportunity to read the story of the Magi following the star to Jerusalem. It’s found Matthew 2:1-21. It is an exciting part of the Christmas story, though sometimes it doesn’t get told, as it isn’t quite as popular as the Luke 2 Nativity passage.
The passage is below for your reference Matthew 2:1-21:
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’ Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.
He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
Star of Bethlehem craft
God sent the Star of Bethlehem to help those who really wanted to find the Messiah and worship him. We’re putting our pictures inside the star to show that we really want to follow and worship him, too! Let’s hang it in the front of our trees or in the window where we can see them this month. Let us remember all throughout the holidays that we are followers of the baby born in the manger.
Contributed by Mary Kate Warner who is a regular blogger at Christianity Cove. You can often find her writing about Christian Motherhood, Homeschool Teaching, Bible Study and Sunday School Activities, Faith and inspiring children to love God.
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