By Janice Truitt, Children's Minister
Song of the Stars by Sally Lloyd-Jones is a sweet story about how all the creatures anticipated the birth of Jesus (thank you, Mother Leslie, for the recommendation!). The illustrations by Allison Jay are stunning.
I read this book to the children to inspire them to feel the joy of the season and create a Christmas card. As you can see, the results are beautiful.
Star stickers with glitter
Preparation (For young children, it is best to prepare the materials in advance.):
Cut white cardstock to 8 inches x 5 inches
In each 8x5 piece of cardstock, cut a large triangle that is 5 inches tall in the center and 4 inches wide at the base.
Fold a sheet of colored cardstock 11 inches x 8 ½ inches in half to represent a card.
Tear several 4 ½ inch strips of colored tissue paper.
For the trunk of the tree, cut brown construction paper into a piece 1 ¼ inch x 1 ½ inch.
Have children apply glue on the white cardstock around the triangle on the back. Place the strips of tissue paper on top of the glue around open triangle. Add glue to the edges of the back of the white paper so this can be glued to the front of the card. Once this is in place they glue the trunk of the tree under the triangle.
Add stars to the tree.
Inside the card, the children add good wishes and their name.