"Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him." Matthew 2:2
Lord Jesus, we ask that you bless our home today. We thank you for the love we have for each other and for you. With the prayers of the saints, Casper, Melchior and Balthasar, we ask that our home be a place of happiness, love, understanding, acceptance and safety for all who enter. As we write our New Year and the initials of the Three Wise Kings on our door, we pray in your name. Amen
We used chalk to write on the door frame of every door:
20 for the year
C for Caspar
M for Melchoir
B for Balthasar
13 for the year
I also had to teach my first graders this morning about the Epiphany. They made a crown craft and decorated their king's cake. They were sent home with chalk and an Epiphany Prayer to bless their home.
Here's the result of their hard work!
We brought the wise men to Jesus on our prayer table.
Once their crowns and king cakes were done, we placed them on our prayer table for a final prayer.
Some of the children chose to write the word Epiphany. We used watercolor paint (so it would dry fast) and them embellished with jewel stickers. The crown was pre-cut from Hobby Lobby.
This cake idea came from Tiffany at Family at the Foot of the Cross. Instead of making a large one, I made small individual ones so each child could decorate with powdered sugar, spice drops and candy rolos. Thanks Tiffany for this wonderful idea!
Instead of spice cake, I made a banana chocolate chip cake/bread which was baked in a bundt pan.
We also played a game where I hid this glittery star and the search began. The first student who found it, then could hide it and so on. I kept the game going so each child had a turn to find the star and hide it.
Daily Coloring Pages has cute Wise Men coloring pages. And they're free. I sent my class home with one.
I also had these books available for quiet reading time:
The Littlest Magi by Chris Auer
A Gift for the Christ Child by Tina JahnertHow Many Miles to Bethlehem? by Kevin Crossley-Holland
It was a fun class and the children learned the true meaning of the Epiphany.