Happy Birthday Jesus Party Agenda for a Group
- Wide Popsicle Sticks (some precut to make the different sized branches for the tree)
- Glue (Hot glue would work well for the Christmas Trees)
- Paint Brushes
- Craft Items to Decorate the Trees
- The Tale of Three Trees Book
- Nativity Set (hidden around the room)
- Play Dough
- 3 layered round cake – red, green, and chocolate layers
- White frosting
- Yellow frosting
Below is a sample agenda using ideas listed above.
1. Christmas Tree Ornament
Since drying time is needed, begin with this activity. Using craft scissors, cut the popsicle sticks to the size needed. Then glue them together with a hot glue gun and paint.
2. Read The Tale of Three Trees
3. Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Before beginning the party, hide nativity set pieces
around the room or house. Give the children hints of what piece they will be looking for.
4. Build a Nativity Scene
Older kids love to have team games. Divide the kiddos into small teams. Give each group of children a set of play dough. Instruct them to create a manger scene just as it would have been at the first Christmas. Do not give a lot of instructions as they just cramp the imagination of children. These creations will be used for the next activity.
5. What Doesn't Belong?
Divide the children into small groups. Explain that the children are to figure out what pieces of the manger scene were actually at the first Christmas. Each team will take turns discussing and saying yes, no, or maybe (the Bible doesn’t say). If the team is correct, they get one point. After the game is finished, read the Christmas story from Luke 2 or a children’s Bible. Return to the play dough nativity scenes that the children created. Who had the most items correct?
6. Return to the Christmas Tree Ornaments to decorate.
7. Happy Birthday, Jesus Cake
End with cake and drinks. Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and pray thanking God for “sending His only Son, the whoever believes in Him, should not perish but have eternal life.”