Color Through the Christmas Story–One Verse at a Time

Color through the Christmas Story One Verse at a Time for Advent

Simple. Easy to prep. Deep with meaning.  <—– my goals

I wanted something new this year, specifically for my daughter who is 9. I wanted to focus on the Christmas story in the Bible, one verse at a time. We have done many awesome daily Advent activities, but this year I wanted something different. I created this new Color Through the Christmas Story this week, which is why I am sharing it just a day before it begins. The good news – if you want to use it, you can print today and be ready for Dec, 1 EASILY! Or if you find this after Dec. 1, it’s easy to catch up!

The basic idea:

  1. Read one Bible verse {or 2 depending on the day}.
  2. Color the word or picture on the master picture.
  3. Discuss as desired.

See how simple that is?

Three options are offered for the daily verses. The first is a basic font with a tracing option. The second is the verse written out in full. I offered the verses in ESV, since that’s the version our church uses, but I also provided strips with the verse alone so you can look up together in whatever version you prefer.

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There is a coloring page that will come together throughout the month. My hope was that this page would lead to much discussion as each word and symbol is rich with meaning. This is easy to print for all of your children so they each have one to work on while you discuss the verses each day.


There’s a chart to guide you with what to color each day.


I printed the verses on red paper and made a paper countdown chain, but you could simply cut up the verses and pull one out each day.

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I chose the verses based on a few things, beginning with the prophecy found in Isaiah – planning to discuss this with her on the first 2 days. Then the verses get into the actual Christmas story from Luke. I bring the Wise Men in at their proper time {not actually at the manger at birth} by adding verses from Matthew. I then close with John 3:16 and John 1:14 to pull it all together.

I hope many of you enjoy this over the years. Download it for free by clicking the button below!

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Free Christmas Printable Collection

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Christmas Tracing Fun

Tracing Fun Christmas

We have a fun new Christmas Theme Tracing Fun pack for you! See more Tracing Fun sets here!

Why Tracing Fun?

Tracing is a great way to develop fine motor skills while doing something fun! Many young children won’t enjoy tracing letters but might enjoy tracing the lines in these activity pages! Pencil-control skills are a skill that needs to be practiced, why not have fun doing it?

Is your Kindergartner having trouble holding a pencil correctly? See our post here about pencil grip and the simple tool we found very effective!!

Want to reuse these pages over and over again? Slip them into sheet protectors and use dry erase markers or crayons with them!


In this free printable tracing set you’ll find the following activity pages:

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Grab the entire Tracing Fun Bundle here with over 150 pages!

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Download Christmas Tracing Fun here!

Tracing Fun for Christmas



Free Christmas Printable Collection

10 Ideas to Keep JESUS at the Center of December

10 Ideas to Keep Jesus at the Center of December and Christmas

Are you looking for ways to keep Jesus at the center of your Christmas season? Jesus is the center of EVERY month, however in December, as we focus our attention towards CHRISTmas, many parents want to point their kids towards Christ. This post will share 10 ideas for you to help your children focus on JESUS during the month of December!

I do NOT recommend doing all of these, you will become overwhelmed as a parent! Choose what stands out to you and speaks to your heart.

Ideas for keeping Jesus at the center of Christmas for kids

1. Advent Organization

One thing I like to do is plan our Advent activities in advance to save my sanity. I use the brown paper bag method and add whatever I want into the bags each year. See what we did specifically one year here!

Organize Advent Activities in Advance

2. Jesse Tree

One thing that has been a part of our Advent bags is our JesseTree Calendar cards and ornaments.

Jesse Tree Resources

3. Truth in the Tinsel

We have had SO much fun with Truth in the Tinsel. I highly recommend it if you haven’t experienced it yet!


4. Nativity Printables

Many years ago I created a Nativity Preschool Printable Pack and recently we released a new Nativity Mega Bundle. We also have Nativity Q-tip painting here! Create a Christmas Activity notebook filled with fun printables that focus on Jesus’ birth!

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5. CHRISTmas Books

We love collecting Christmas books and below you can see our very favorites! Click over to the blog if reading in email.

Favorite Christmas Books for Kids

6. The Sparkle Box

one of those books above is The Sparkle Box. This was an AWESOME time for our family, I blogged about one of our years with the Sparkle Box here. See why Ladybug didn’t think it was such a great idea at first.

The Sparkle Box

7. Christmas Bible Verse and Nativity Coloring

Spend some time coloring as a family with our many free coloring printables! We have Christmas Bible Verse Coloring here, Nativity Coloring for Kids here,

Christmas Nativity Coloring Christmas Bible Verse Coloring

8. CHRISTmas Play Sets

One of our favorite traditions is getting out our nativity play sets. Many we have had since my kids were very young and even as they get older, we still get them out! If reading in email, jump over to blog to see links}

Our favorites:

9. The Birth of Jesus from Grapevine

I love this simple study, see our experience with it here.

Grapevine Bible Studies The Birth of Jesus

10. The Right Attitude

Above all else, a Godly attitude throughout the busy month of December is one of the best ways we can keep Jesus at the center!

Mommy's Attitude matters more than the Activities

What are YOUR favorite ways to focus on Jesus during the Christmas season?

Free Printable Christmas Mazes

Christmas Mazes

Are you getting your December plans together yet? I LOVE planning fun Christmas themed school activities for my kids! I don’t get to do it as much now that they are older – but those of you with little ones can have a fun Christmas-themed month! Today we are sharing a few fun Christmas mazes for you to add to your Christmas printable collection! This set features a full color option or a blackline option.

Why Mazes?

Mazes are a great way to improve thinking skills and focus all while developing fine motor skills! Many young children won’t enjoy writing letters but might enjoy following the mazes! Pencil-control skills are a skill that needs to be practiced, why not have fun doing it?

Is your Kindergartner having trouble holding a pencil correctly? See our post here about pencil grip and the simple tool we found very effective!!

Want to reuse these pages over and over again? Slip them into sheet protectors and use dry erase markers or crayons with them!

Christmas Mazes


In this free Christmas Mazes printable set you’ll find the following activity pages:

Christmas Mazes (2) Christmas Mazes (5)Christmas Mazes (6) Christmas Mazes (4) Christmas Mazes (3) Christmas Mazes (7) 

Want to print in full color but worried about ink usage? You need HP Instant Ink!!

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  The BW version:

Christmas Mazes (9) Christmas Mazes (12)  Christmas Mazes (13) Christmas Mazes (10)Christmas Mazes (11) Christmas Mazes (12)

Answer keys:

   Christmas Mazes (1) Christmas Mazes (8) 

Download Christmas Mazes here!

Christmas Mazes for Kids


More Christmas Fun

Free Christmas Printable Collection

Christmas Mini Kit from Ivy Kids Kits

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{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

Ivy Kids Kits sent us the special holiday mini-kit to enjoy and share with you! You can still order this one and it is on sale! No code needed!

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

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Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

Ivy Kids 2017 Holiday Mini-Kit featuring

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Encourage your child’s love of reading with hands-on activities and crafts this holiday season! This fun and festive holiday kit includes:

    • Book: The Twelve Days of Christmas: Enjoy reading or singing this beautifully illustrated, classic Christmas story.
    • Plush Christmas Teddy Bear: Play and cuddle with a velvety soft 10.5 inch bear.
    • The Twelve Days of Christmas Poster: After reading the book, color a poster for the 12 days of Christmas that goes perfectly with the story. 
    • Wooden Stand-up Christmas Tree: Decorate the tree with colorful paints and glitter glue.
    • Tree Photo Frame Ornament: Use paints and glitter glue to decorate your wooden ornament and place your favorite photo inside. 
    • Ceramic Bird Ornament: Paint your bird and hang it on your Christmas tree.

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When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!