As Advent approached last year I began searching for a series of daily readings we could use for family Bible Time that would help us to communicate the miraculous truth about the birth of Jesus Christ to our toddlers. I wanted something written for very young children yet attempting to move beyond the simple reiteration of the Christmas story without effort to teach its spiritual significance. I thought it would be fun if we could introduce one character or symbol from the story each day on which to focus, perhaps even with some sort of actual figure to help make it all more concrete for little minds. Failing to find anything, my husband and I decided to write our own series.
We wrote 24 readings to use during the month of December (starting tomorrow), designed primarily for children four and under. We also planned some Bible readings that fit each day’s theme to read and discuss together after the little ones were sleeping. A new figure or symbol from the story of Jesus’ birth is introduced each day. (We used the Playmobil(e) nativity set with the addition of the three kings set for this, wrapping and numbering the pieces to be opened one-by-one. The readings could also be used with just illustrations or adapted to fit other nativity scenes.)
It’s probably a bit late to be posting this, but I wanted to let newcomers to Part of the Main know about the readings, which we called Advent Readings for the Very Young. We plan to use them again this year with the girls. When the children are a little older, we are looking forward to using some of the wonderful readings available for older children, such as The Jesse Tree. Anyone with little ones who is looking for very simple readings is most welcome to join us!