Expand the Christmas learning with a book and activities unit! This Christmas Book activity unit is based on The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.
The children all called him Mr. Gloomy because he was a grumpy old hermit who always went around complaining and grumbling. But something happened this Christmas to change Jonathan Toomey’s life.
I kept seeing this book recommended as a wonderful Christmas book, so I had to check it out. And it didn’t disappoint! I think you will find this book to be a charming addition to your Christmas book collection, and it is a beautiful start to some wonderful Christmas learning.
Christmas Book Activity Unit Study
Character-Building / Scripture Study
Respectfulness – The widow and her son come to the woodcarver’s home and treat him with respect even when he is grumpy. Why do you think they could do that? Does everyone deserve respect, even if they are different that we are? Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. Romans 12:10
Joy for Mourning – This book has a beautiful message of redemption and healing. Talk to your child about how God wants to heal the hurts in our hearts if we will let him. To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. Isaiah 61:3
Miracles – What is a miracle? What was Jonathan Toomey’s miracle? Do you think others thought it was a miracle? Have you ever experience a miracle? And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Luke 18:27
Make your own Nativity Scene – Make your own simple nativity from wooden blocks and wooden balls from the craft store. I did this with my Children’s Church kids a few years ago, and even the youngest kiddo left with an adorable nativity scene to share! I used leftover scraps from a porch rail that my dad had just finished, so they were really cheap and adorable!
Printable Nativity – If you don’t feel up to making the wooden nativity, you can print this adorable set from Marloes de Vries.
Woodworking – This book focuses on a woodcarver and his work of carving a new nativity for a widow and her son. Learn more about the history of woodcarving.
Soap Carving – If you think your little carver is not quite ready for the really sharp tools, you might try soap carving. They can carve really great designs with not-so-sharp tools. YouTube has lots of tutorials!
Just For Fun
A Book and a Movie – Check out the movie based on the book. With a 4.5 star rating on Amazon, it is sure to be a hit in your house! As always, be sure to preview this movie (and all movies) before watching it with your kids.