Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson
Summary: This is one of the cutest Christmas stories I think I’ve read! It’s a bout a sweet little mouse named Mortimer, who is looking for a place to live. He finds a wonderful home (the manger) and starts kicking people out! After hearing the Christmas story he realizes that he’s been kicking Jesus out of his home, so he carefully puts all the people back into the home and heads out. He soon finds that Jesus has blessed him with another house that is perfect for him!
Bible Verse: Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
Writing the letter J for Jesus: I laminated these, and then used them with a dry-erase marker. They’re great for practicing pre-writing skills.
Fine motor skill lacing card: I laminated these for durability. Use a shoe lace or string to practice lacing through the holes.
Letter match game: Even though toddler’s can’t really spell, this is still great for letter matching. Direct your toddler to match up the letter “J”, then “E” and so on. You may have to help guide them as you go.
Lining blocks up on a large letter J: I encouraged her to make patterns with the blocks here, but she was having none of that. So she just lined her letter J with blocks and called it good.
6 piece preschool puzzle: These are great for toddlers since they’re fairly easy and the younger ones won’t get frustrated. Puzzles are great for logical thinking!
Cutting Practice: Help your toddler with proper scissor hold, then if necessary help them hold the paper as they learn to cut along the lines.
Letter poking page: This is a favorite in our house. Using an oversized thumb tack, you can have your toddler poke holes along the lines of your letter. Hold it up to the window to reveal the light shining through their J for Jesus letter!
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