Notice board displays, whether decorative, entertaining, educational, informative or inspirational can enhance classroom activities. In a Sunday school class, the notice board might contain announcements, lesson plans or motivational quotes and scriptures. Christmas presents an opportunity to help children learn about the "reason for the season" with a Christ-centred display. Coordinate the notice board with lesson plans or areas of focus you wish to emphasise to reinforce your teaching.
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A religious Christmas celebration isn't complete without a nativity. A notice board is ideal for displaying pictures and cutouts of Jesus' birth. Traditional nativities depict Joseph and Mary with the baby Jesus, often surrounded by animals and shepherds. Other elements include a stable, a manger for the baby, a star, angels and wise men. Include Sunday school children in creating the display, either by letting them place the pieces on the board or by having them draw and decorate the pieces themselves.
Count down to Christmas with a notice board display featuring a picture, scripture, quote, treat or other item for each day of December up until Christmas day. Advent displays can take many forms. A traditional advent calendar simply displays the days leading up to Christmas, which are marked off each day. Another option is to staple small boxes or cartons to the notice board, filling each with a surprise such as a toy or a treat. Children can take turns opening one box each day.
A notice board display themed around gifts can help children understand the true spirit of giving. On one side of the board, mount pictures of the wise men carrying gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to Jesus. On the other side of the board, display pictures depicting gifts that Jesus gave to the world. These might include tangible items such as water, sunlight, plants and animals, or it could be principles and ideas such as forgiveness, charity and love.
Give Christmas symbols a religious slant with a display of Christian interpretations. A candy cane becomes a shepherd's crook, a candle represents the light of the world, and the unbroken circle of a wreath symbolises eternity. Bells proclaim Christ's birth and the star atop the tree symbolises the star that guided the wise men. The tree itself is evergreen, an analogy for eternal life. Red and green, the traditional colours of Christmas, can symbolise the blood of Christ and the colour of life or rebirth.
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