Entries in christmas (14)

Wednesday
Nov212018

Updated 2018: My Wonder Studio’s Christmas Offerings

An index of all past and upcoming Christmas-themed articles

Dear moms and dads and kids of all ages,

The following is an updated list of all previous, as well as upcoming, Christmas-themed articles and posts.

Wishing you a wonderful, blessed, and merry Christmas season,

My Wonder Studio team      

CHRISTMAS STORIES

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Level 1

Level 2

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

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Level 1

Level 2

Parents and Teachers

CHRISTMAS-THEMED ARTICLES

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Level 1

Level 2

 

Parents and Teachers

 

CHRISTMAS ANIMATIONS AND SONGS
(Note: Audios can also be found under Christmas Stories and Christmas-Themed Articles.)

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Level 1

Level 2

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff
Copyright © 2018 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Updated 2018: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Japanese)
DOC: Updated 2018: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Spanish)
DOC: Updated 2018: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Dec202017

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Faith-Filled Characters of Christmas

Here is a lesson plan that can be covered in 30 to 45 minutes. It relates to the lesson objective, “Learn of some of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a).

Read “Faith-Filled Models from the New Testament: Mary and Joseph.”

Discuss the following steps of faith it took for Mary and Joseph to be willing to be the earthly parents for Jesus.

  • Mary had to believe that what the angel told her was true, and be willing to bear God’s Son, Jesus.
  • Mary had to trust God that He would help her endure people looking down on her for being pregnant before getting married.
  • It took great faith for Joseph to accept what Mary and the angel told him about the baby Jesus. He had to believe that Jesus was God’s Son, and that he had been chosen to be Jesus’ earthly father.
  • It was a great responsibility to raise God’s Son, and they probably wondered if they could do a good job of it, but they accepted that God would do the work through them.

ReadLet’s Learn the New Testament: When Jesus Was Born.” This covers the stories of faith concerning Mary and Joseph, Zacharias and Elizabeth, the shepherds, and the wise men.

ReadA Man Named Jesus: Simeon and Anna.”

Ask the children: Besides Mary and Joseph, who are others from the Christmas story that needed faith to believe the “impossible”?

  • Zacharias and Elizabeth: They believed God could give them a baby, even in their old age. And then they believed that God had a purpose in wanting them to name the baby John, instead of naming the baby after Zacharias as was the custom.
  • The shepherds that the angels sang to and who then visited baby Jesus: They believed what the angels told them. Even though baby Jesus was in a manger, with ordinary people as His parents, and animals around Him, they worshipped Him as God’s Son.
  • The wise men: It took faith to travel to where they believed they’d find the new king that they had understood from the stars had recently been born. It also took faith to obey the warning in God’s dream to not return to tell King Herod where they had found Jesus.
  • Simeon and Anna: When they saw baby Jesus at the temple, God revealed to them that He was the Messiah.

Review the verses in “Crazily Cool Card Set: Faith—Stand on It.” Read each verse, one at a time, and talk about ways each one applies to the faithfulness of the people involved in the Christmas story. The following are examples of how these verses apply, but you and your children can probably think of other ways they apply to the faith found in these important characters of the Christmas story.

  • Romans 10:17. These men and women were familiar with the prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming Messiah.
  • Proverbs 3:5–6. Mary and Joseph, and also Zacharias and Elizabeth, showed great trust that God would guide them in the raising of the important boys given to them.
  • Hebrews 11:1. Simeon had believed he would see the Messiah before he died.
  • Hebrews 11:6. The wise men diligently sought after the king that the stars foretold had been born.

Color “Coloring Page: Come See Jesus” and rejoice that you too have faith in Jesus as God’s Son!

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Faith-Filled Characters of Christmas (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: Faith-Filled Characters of Christmas (Spanish)

Tuesday
Nov212017

Updated 2017: My Wonder Studio’s Christmas Offerings

Dear moms and dads and kids of all ages,

Once again, we’ve updated our list of all previous, as well as upcoming, Christmas-themed articles and posts. We hope this list is beneficial to you.

Wishing you a wonderful, blessed, and merry Christmas season,

My Wonder Studio team

CHRISTMAS STORIES

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

 

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

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Level 1

Level 2

Parents and Teachers

CHRISTMAS-THEMED ARTICLES

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Level 1

Level 2

Parents and Teachers

CHRISTMAS ANIMATIONS AND SONGS

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff
Copyright © 2017 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Updated 2017: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Japanese)

DOC: Updated 2017: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Spanish)

Tuesday
Dec202016

Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Time to Celebrate Love

Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan that highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that generosity is not only about giving money or material goods to others, sometimes it’s also a matter of giving of oneself to others—one’s time, skills, compassion, etc.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-2c)

Talk about how Christmas is a great time to celebrate love. Bring to your child’s attention that love should be celebrated all year round, but Christmas is a reminder of the wonderful love God manifested for us by sending Jesus to earth to teach us how to love freely and from the heart. At Christmas we can celebrate this love by being generous and taking the time to find a need and being the one to fill it. Celebrating love and giving to others can bring great joy to one’s heart. 

Listen to Audio: A Tailor’s Secret.”

Talk about how giving, in this instance, brought Klaus and the children joy in return. Because Christmas is often a time when people get to be with their families, it can also be a lonely time for those who do not have families to celebrate with. Use examples if you have heard? of people who might feel extra lonely or sad during this time. That’s why it’s important for us to also take time to think about others, to consider who may need some attention and thoughtfulness during the Christmas season. 

WatchChristmas Means Love.”

Read A Thought for the Day: Giving to Jesus.”

Discuss how you can celebrate love this Christmas, not with just your family, but with someone you know—a classmate, a neighbor, or a friend. See if you can come up with something special to do for someone to show them a little extra love this Christmas. 

ReadThe Gift of Moments.”

Discuss how celebrating love and giving to others is giving to Jesus. Discuss how Jesus also appreciates the small moments we take to thank Him for all the good and all the love that is in our lives.  

Have fun with Mammoth Christmas Crossword.” Once completed, you can find the answer key here.

Put into action by committing to do one thing for someone that will show them how loved and special they are to you. Perhaps choose someone you might not normally do something for. It doesn’t have to be something big. 

Additional material:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-2c

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2016 The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Time to Celebrate Love (Spanish)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Time to Celebrate Love (Portuguese)

Saturday
Nov262016

Updated 2016: My Wonder Studio’s Christmas Offerings

An index of all past and upcoming Christmas-themed articles

Dear moms and dads and kids of all ages,

Once again, we’ve updated our list of all previous, as well as upcoming, Christmas-themed articles and posts. We hope this list is beneficial to you.

Wishing you a wonderful, blessed, and merry Christmas season,

My Wonder Studio team       

CHRISTMAS STORIES

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

Parents and Teachers

CHRISTMAS-THEMED ARTICLES

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

Parents and Teachers

CHRISTMAS ANIMATIONS AND SONGS

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff
Copyright © 2016 by The Family International

 

Downloads

DOC: Updated 2016: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Japanese)
DOC: Updated 2016: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Portuguese)

Wednesday
Nov022016

Anticipating Christmas!

You can begin celebrating Christmas now by starting to prepare The Nativity Story paper model. The goal is to create and set out a new section each week of December, so you can place Baby Jesus in the manger on Christmas morning.

Alternately, you can create the pieces in advance, and then starting on December 1st, set out one or two pieces a day, with the aim of adding Baby Jesus on Christmas Day, and the wise men with their gifts the following days.

To set out The Nativity Story paper model as the story unfolds:

Sunday, December 4th: Mary, Joseph, and the donkey, as they prepare for their trip to Bethlehem.

Sunday, December 11th: In Bethlehem, set up the stable, manger, cow, cats, chickens, and mouse, ready to receive their unexpected guests.

Sunday, December 18th: Outside of Bethlehem, place the shepherds, sheep, and campfire.

Sunday, December 25th: Bring all the characters to the stable, adding Baby Jesus to the manger and the angel announcing His birth.

Sunday, January 1st: The wise men arrive with their camels, bearing gifts for Baby Jesus.

The Nativity Story paper model can be found here, where it is offered by the model creator, Didier Martin, to download, print, and assemble.

Download all three PDFs that include the model parts. Also, download the instructions, which teach how to cut, fold, and glue together your Nativity scene.

Note: The most difficult piece to assemble is the stable. If you prefer, you could use a small box, set on its side, and then glue the leaves to the top and the textured wall pieces or colored paper on the inside and outside of the box.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: Jesus, God’s Son-1b

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Photos by Didier Martin. Used by permission from
www.mylittlehouse.org.
Copyright © 2016 by The Family International

A printed copy of The Nativity Story is also available at Amazon.

Downloads

PDF: Anticipating Christmas (Japanese)
PDF: Supplement: The Nativity Story Paper Model Instructions (Japanese)
DOC: Anticipating Christmas (Portuguese)
DOC: Anticipating Christmas (Spanish)

Saturday
Nov212015

Updated 2015: My Wonder Studio’s Christmas Offerings

An index of all past and upcoming Christmas-themed articles

Dear moms and dads and kids of all ages,

Once again, we’ve compiled a list of all previous, as well as upcoming, Christmas-themed articles and posts. We hope this list is beneficial to you.

Wishing you a wonderful, blessed, and merry Christmas season,

My Wonder Studio team     

CHRISTMAS STORIES

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

CHRISTMAS-THEMED ARTICLES

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

Parents and Teachers

CHRISTMAS ANIMATIONS AND SONGS

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff
Copyright © 2015 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Updated 2015: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Portuguese)
DOC: Updated 2015: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Spanish)
DOC: Upddated 2015: My Wonder Studio's Christmas Offerings (Japanese)

Wednesday
Dec032014

25 Christmas Activities and Fun

Day 1

My Christmas Events (color) or Coloring Pages: My Christmas Events (black/white)

Christmas is a special time of year with plenty to look forward to! Print out this poster and write down some of the events you can enjoy this Christmas season. 

Day 2

My Christmas Giving Wheel

Throughout the Christmas season, spin this wheel to discover what activity you can do to give love and kindness to Jesus and others.

Day 3

Story/audio: As Little Ones

Coloring Book: As Little Ones

Listen to this precious story of little ones who gave Christmas gifts to Jesus. If your child wishes, color the book.

Day 4

Christmas Paper Stocking

Color and decorate your own Christmas stocking to use as a card or to keep for yourself!

Day 5

Nativity Finger Puppets

Tell the Christmas story using finger puppets. Fun for everyone!

Day 6

A “Happy Birthday, Jesus” Cake

Everyone deserves cake on their birthday… even Jesus!

Day 7

Family Hands Christmas Tree Craft

Get your family together to create this cute Christmas tree to use as a house decoration or Christmas card.

Day 8

Be the Artist: Jesus Is Born

Create a Christmas card for your friends or family.

Day 9

Merry Christmas Diorama

A paper craft manger scene that is easy to prepare and fun for little fingers.

Day 10

Video: An Unexpected Christmas

A dramatized story of the heavenly throne room prior to the first Christmas as told by the kids of St. Paul's Church, Auckland, New Zealand.

Day 11

Give to Jesus—Calendar: A pre-Christmas activity

Children can open the flaps to find out one action they can do to give a gift to Jesus during Christmas. Some preparation required.

Day 12

Saying Merry Christmas Around the World

Learn how to say “Merry Christmas” in many different languages! (Tip: Enter each text and language name in Google Translate to listen to how each one sounds.)

Day 13

Sparkly Paper Plate Angel

You’ll need scissors, a paper plate, and some glitter glue—but that’s all you’ll need. This is the simplest paper plate angel we’ve ever seen!

Day 14

Coloring Page: Such Love!

“For to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11 AKJV).

Day 15

Coloring Page: The Visit of the Magi

Talk about what gifts your children would like to give to Jesus if they were in the magis’ place.

Day 16

NEW on My Wonder Studio: Nativity Paper Dolls.

Another fun paper craft for you to do with your child.

Day 17

Coloring Page: A Child Is Born

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us… And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6 NLT).

Day 18

Coloring Book: Jesus Is Born

Flannelgraph: Jesus Is Born

Make your own storybook of the first Christmas.

Day 19

NEW on My Wonder Studio: Video: Christmas Means Love

Beautifully illustrated Christmas hymn video.

Day 20

Why not learn and sing traditional Christmas carols as a family.

Day 21

The Best Christmas Gift (Coloring Booklet)

A wonderful Christmas coloring booklet to fill your time with something enjoyable and meaningful this Christmas season!

Day 22

NEW on My Wonder Studio: Baby Jesus in the Hay: Coloring Book

Day 23

Build a Nativity Scene or Decorate a Christmas Tree

A little computer activity.

Day 24

A Donkey’s Tale (audio included)

Read or listen to this original Christmas tale.

Day 25

Video: The Christmas Story

The story of Christmas as told by the children of St. Paul's Church, Auckland, New Zealand.

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff
Copyright © 2014 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: 25 Christmas Activities and Fun (Portuguese)
DOC: 25 Christmas Activities and Fun (Spanish)

Friday
Dec142012

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Gifts for Jesus

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objectives:
•    Learn of the blessings and benefits that God gives to those who give Him to others. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-1b)
•    Learn to identify ways in which one can show generosity to others. (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Generosity-1e)

Read A Key to Christmas Joy.

Talk about how “shining for Jesus” is made up of the gifts we give Him during the Christmas season and all throughout the year! The following articles explore some of the gifts we can give to Jesus.

Read Gifts for Jesus.” Look here for ideas on how to get the most out of this class.

Read Piles of Presents for Jesus.”

Read The Angel and the Gifts.

Make a “My Christmas Giving Wheel,” and spin it daily to find an activity you can do as one of your daily gifts to Jesus.

Give to Jesus through the ideas found on “A Christmas-Activity Calendar” on days 4, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, and 24. If you like, you could give these gifts to Jesus on some of these same dates.

Read “What Can I Give to Jesus?”

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: The Great Commission-1bc

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Plan de clase nivel 1: Regalos para Jesús
DOC: Plano de Aula para o Nível 1: Presentes para Jesus

Wednesday
Nov282012

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Shine for Jesus!

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objectives:

Watch I’ll Shine” or listen to the “Audio: I’ll Shine.”

ReadChristmas Angels.”

Ask the children to recall what those in “I’ll Shine” and “Christmas Angels” did to shine for Jesus. (For example, singing songs about Jesus, encouraging the elderly or the sick, writing letters and making cards, passing tracts to people, performing for others, praying for others, helping care for younger siblings, helping family and friends.)

Read Matthew 5:14–16.

ReadThe Light of the World.”

ViewYou Are God’s Ray of Light.”

Have fun solving the space travelers’ problems in “Bible Space Trek: The Parable of the Lamp.”

ReadTell Others.”

ReadTell Everyone,” and follow the ideas for discussion found in “‘Tell Everyone’ Supplement.”

ReadPrayer Potential” to see how prayers help to fulfill the Great Commission Jesus has given us.

Discuss how Jesus needs us to shine for Him all year, not just at Christmas. Explain that Christmas is often a time when people are curious about who Jesus is and want to know more about Him. We can use this special time of year to tell others about the wonderful gift of salvation that Jesus came to earth to give us.

Memorize one of the verses on being a witness for Jesus found on “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Sharing God’s Love.”

Additional:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: The Great Commission-1bc

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Plan de clase nivel 1: ¡Brilla para Jesús!
DOC: Plano de Aula para o Nível 1: Brilhar Para Jesus!

Monday
Nov262012

25 Christmas Devotional Snacks for Children

Devotional prompters for the 25 days of Christmas

Note: Content geared toward older children is marked with an asterisk. “New content” links will be live on the posting date. See also “Level 1 Lesson Plan: Shine for Jesus”  (posted November 21, 2012) and “Level 1 Lesson Plan: Gifts for Jesus” (posted December 6, 2012) for ideas on how to share God’s love with others this Christmas season.

Day 1

Story: Jesus Is Born

Activity: My Christmas Events (color) or Coloring Pages: My Christmas Events (black/white)

*Story: The Intriguing Story of the First Christmas, Part 1

Day 2

Article/audio: Light up the World at Christmas

Activity: My Christmas Giving Wheel

*Story: The Intriguing Story of the First Christmas, Part 2

Day 3

Story/audio: As Little Ones

Activity: Coloring Book: As Little Ones

*Story: The Intriguing Story of the First Christmas, Part 3

Day 4

Article: What Christmas Is All About

Article: Christmas Angels

Video: Kids Like You: Kayla

Day 5

Story: The Best Christmas Ever

Activity: Christmas Paper Stocking

Activity: Nativity Finger Puppets

Day 6

Article: Gifts for Jesus

Activity: “Gifts for Jesus” Supplement

Activity: Christmas Ornaments and Characters (color) or Christmas Card Frames (black/white)

Day 7

Story/audio: Carina and the Christmas Play

Activity: The Mammoth Christmas Crossword (Answer Key: The Mammoth Christmas Crossword)

Day 8

Video: Video: I’ll Shine (audio also available)

*Story (for older children): Max’s Christmas Trouble (read days 1 through 25)

Day 9

Story: The Christmas Kite

Activity: Create a Christmas Card with “Be the Artist: Jesus Is Born”

Day 10

Story: Piles of Presents for Jesus

*Story (for older children): Roshna’s Gift to Give

Day 11

Story: Mr. Orwell’s Christmas Tale

Activity: Coloring Pages: Mr. Orwell’s Christmas Tale

*Article (for older children): Great Opportunities

Day 12

Song: Jesus Is Born

Activity: A Christmas-Activity Calendar for Family and Friends

*Story (for older children): An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Day 13

Story: The Angel and the Gifts

Article: Prayer Potential

Activity: Can You Crack Our Christmas Code? Answer key found here.

Day 14

Song: Make Haste

Article: Such Love

Activity: Coloring Page: Such Love!

Day 15

Article: Tell Others

Article: Gifts that Make Me Glad

Video: Run with Torches

Day 16

Article: The Gift that Never Wears Out (tract included)

Video: Who Is Immanuel

*Story: Max and the Plan to Catch a Guardian Angel [new content; posted on December 14, 2012]

Day 17

Story/audio: A Donkey’s Tale

Activity: Coloring Page: A Child Is Born

Video: The Christmas Story

Day 18

Video: Video: Jesus Is Born

Activity: Coloring Book: Jesus Is Born

Activity: Flannelgraph: Jesus Is Born

Day 19

Article: Christmas Superheroes [new content; posted on December 17, 2012]

Article: A Key to Christmas Joy

*Video: Christmas in a Nutshell

Day 20

Song: Hasten Now, O Shepherds [new content; posted on December 19, 2012]

Article/audio: Christmas Thoughts [new content; posted on December 19, 2012]

Learn and sing traditional Christmas carols as a family.

Day 21

Article/audio: What Christmas Means to Me [new content; posted on December 19, 2012]

Article: The Gift of Moments [new content; posted on December 14, 2012]

Video: Around the World Different Cultures Tell the Nativity Story as Their Own

Day 22

Article: The Visit of the Magi

Activity: Coloring Page: The Visit of the Magi

*Video: 100 of the Most Unique Nativity Scenes on Display in Rome

Day 23

Story: Jimmy’s Christmas Homecoming

Article: The Secret to Showing Love

*Story: A Night in Midwinter [new content; posted on December 21, 2012]

Day 24

Story/audio: The Tailor’s Secret [new content; posted on December 21, 2012]

Video: The Origin of the Christmas Tree

Activity: Build a Nativity Scene or Decorate a Christmas Tree

*Article: Angels in the Christmas Story

Day 25

Article: I Can Use You! [new content; posted on December 24, 2012.]

Article/audio: What Can I Give to Jesus

Activity: Saying Merry Christmas Around the World

Downloads

DOC: 25 meriendas devocionales de Navidad para niños
DOC: 25 Lanchinhos Devocionais Natalinos Para Crianças

Friday
Nov232012

Updated 2012: My Wonder Studio’s Christmas Offerings

An index of all past and upcoming Christmas-themed articles

Dear moms and dads and kids of all ages,

Another year has passed, and we’ve greatly enjoyed creating and publishing content for you and yours! As we did last year, we’ve again compiled a list of all previous, as well as upcoming, Christmas-themed articles and posts. We hope this list is beneficial to you.

Wishing you a wonderful, blessed, and merry Christmas season,

My Wonder Studio team           

CHRISTMAS STORIES

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

  • Roshna’s Gift to Give
  • Max’s Christmas Trouble
  • NEW: An Old-Fashioned Christmas [To be posted on December 7, 2012.]
  • NEW: Max and the Plan to Catch a Guardian Angel [To be posted on December 14, 2012.]
  • NEW: A Night in Midwinter [To be posted on December 21, 2012.]
  • NEW: The Tailor’s Secret (audio included) [To be posted on December 21, 2012.]

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

CHRISTMAS-THEMED ARTICLES

0–5

Level 1

Level 2

Parents and Teachers

CHRISTMAS ANIMATIONS AND SONGS

0–5

Level 1

Downloads

DOC: Actualización 2012: Ofrendas navideñas de Rincón de las maravillas
DOC: Atualização 2012: Ofertas de Natal do Meu Estúdio Maravilhoso