Read part one of our retelling of the Christian nativity story for children and use our additional Nativity printables and activities to learn about the angel appearing to Mary.
The Nativity story for children: the angel appears to Mary
In this section of NurtureStore’s Nativity resources, children can learn about the story of the Nativity. They will meet the characters from the Christmas story and read verses from the Bible that tell the story. They can use printable puppets to re-tell the story and write their own Nativity book.
Our story is told in five parts, which you can retell in one complete story or split into the five sections to use over the course of a week or on the five Sundays around Christmas.
Schools, families and churches will find these resources suitable for everyone, for children raised in the Christian faith and those who are learning about the religions of the world.
In this part of our Nativity activities, your children can:
:: learn about the Christmas story
:: read / listen to a child-friendly retelling of the Nativity story and key verses from the Bible
:: re-tell the story using our printable colour-and-cut-out nativity puppets to create a Nativity scene or nativity small world
:: See our full set of Nativity activities for children.
BONUS! Would you like a ready-made, printable set of all the Nativity resources? You can get a complete Nativity Unit, ad-free and all-done-for-you, from our Play Academy. See more details and get your compete Nativity Unit, along with all the printables, here.
Additional resources to teach the nativity story to children
As you read the nativity story you can use NurtureStore’s addition al resources to create a complete nativity unit.
:: read our printable Christmas story bible verses alongside the child-friendly retelling
:: your children can write and draw the story in their own version of our printable My Nativity Story book. Today, for part one of the story, they can draw the angel on the first page and write a sentence about what the angel told Mary.
:: Use our colour-and-cut-out Nativity characters to create the nativity scene step by step or use in a Nativity small world. Today, for part one, colour in the Mary and Angel characters from the printable sheet and use them to re-tell this beginning part of the Nativity.
:: Use our Advent candles printable alongside the story, to celebrate the Sundays of Advent.
The Nativity Story Part One: An angel appears to Mary
Day One of our Nativity story beings with Mary, a young woman living in Nazareth in Galilee, many years ago.
God sent an angel to Mary to tell her she was going to have a baby. The baby was very special because he was the son of God.
Our theme for day one is hope. A long time before the angel brought the good news to Mary, the book of Isaiah in the Bible told that this would happen:
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
And today in our story, that promise is coming true:
The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favour with God… And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy–the Son of God.
Luke 1:30, 35
Read the whole Nativity story retelling for children
More Nativity activities for children
Save time and teach better by using NurtureStore’s ready-made lesson plans!
:: see our full set of Nativity activities for children
:: get a ready-made, printable set of our complete Nativity Unit by joining our Play Academy
BONUS! Give your children a global perspective, promote diversity in your class, and build a rich multi-cultural curriculum by learning about the festivals of the world. Save time and teach better using NurtureStore’s complete set of ready-made world festival lesson plans and activities.