On the third day of Christmas,

my Lord gave to me…

a class filled with Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

IMG_3615In the Godly Play classroom these last few weeks, we’ve been getting ready. And I have thoroughly enjoyed two activities we’ve shared during these weeks. first, I used an idea inspired by Pinterest and Hobby Lobby bargains to create canvases to display on the wall above our Christmas shelf. I found the canvas with a dove outline on clearance at Hobby Lobby, and I used a few other blank canvases to display the words of Advent. I used blue painter’s tape to “write” the words, HOPE, LOVE, and JOY for three of the weeks of Advent, and then I let the kids paint over the canvases and let them dry before removing the letters. The words and images now decorate our wall above the Christmas shelf — a wonderful way to get ready for the Christmas season. I also bought a kit from Magic Cabin this year for an Advent activity that I really did not think would be *such* a hit. But the kids totally enjoyed making their own beeswax candles. And in our home, we burned our mismatched candles throughout Advent, and the girls really enjoyed lighting their creations each night. For others looking for response activities in a GP classroom, I highly recommend these. And even if my girls didn’t make them in class at church, we’d do these at home again. Easy, fun, and meaningful!