LO: Explain why visiting Jesus was important to the wise men.
Recall and read the journey of the wise men to Bethlehem.
The wise men came from the East. Look at a map of the Holy Land and find places in the East they may have journeyed from.
What transport might they have used?
Why do you think they wanted to get to see Jesus? Who did they think he was?
Imagine that Jesus was being born in Bethlehem today. What would make you go? What would make you choose to stay at home instead? What would you take with you as your gift and why?
The journey of the wise men to Bethlehem was difficult for them. They had to follow a star and face King Herod. Use your imagination to think about the wise men arriving in Bethlehem. What did they see? What did they do? What gifts did they give and why?
If you had been a wise man, what would you have said to Mary and Joseph when you got to Bethlehem?
Children to record their thoughts and feelings as if they had been one of the wise men.
Write a postcard as a wise man to your family, explaining what you have seen and heard and why it was so special to you. Use the answers to your questions to help.
It was the star that led the wise men to Jesus. In what ways can Christians be like the star leading people to Jesus today? Record ideas.