Wednesday, 16 November 2016

The Jesse Tree: Printable Pictures, Questions and Activities for Each Day of Advent

I've been working on this for a while and it's great to finally have everything come together!  

The Jesse tree is a lovely tradition where, each day of Advent, a new ornament is added to a tree to symbolise a different story or person from the Bible leading up to the birth of Jesus. It is linked to Isaiah 11: 1

The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David's descendants. (Good News Version)

The Jesse tree is a great way to show children people and events in the wider story of the Bible, from creation to Christmas, and to emphasise the fact that Jesus is part of the line of Jesse and David.  He is firmly rooted in a story that spans back through the ages.

This particular version of the Jesse Tree uses 24 stories from creation to the visit of the wise men.  For each day there is a suggested story to explore, a picture to colour in and hang as a decoration on the tree (either a Christmas tree or a collection of branches in a vase!), a question to ask and an activity to do.

We have made some little booklets for parents to take home, along with some separately printed pictures for children to colour and make into ornaments.
Click here to print out the booklet (which includes the questions and suggested activities as well as a colouring sheet, a game and a play dough mat to use!)

I have also put together a list of where to find the stories in each of 4 different children's Bibles (though the stories will appear in most children's Bibles you can find anyway!!)
Click here to print the Bible story list.

These are the Bibles I've used in the list, so if you have one of these you're good to go!

Have fun and do let me know how it goes!

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