Today is Epiphany, or, Three Kings Day! On Tuesday, I wrote about our family’s simple Epiphany celebration each year. Today, I want to give you some links to activities you can use to celebrate the day as simply or elaborately as you’d like.
You can always choose to save some activities for next year. During a holiday season, I often find too many ideas to use right away. So I’ll just bookmark ideas for another year.
The Complete Guide to Godly Play: An Imaginative Method for Presenting Scripture Stories to Children by Jerome W. Berryman gives a bit of background on Epiphany. Berryman says:
Epiphany is a Greek word that means ‘showing forth.’ The date of its celebration is January 6th. It was originally concerned with the commemoration of the Baptism of Christ and later became associated with the Magi, an emphasis of the Latin Church of the West. Today it is often thought of as the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles.
Ideas for Celebrating Epiphany
If you use Godly Play activities, The Complete Guide to Godly Play: An Imaginative Method for Presenting Scripture Stories to Children (Volume 3) has an Epiphany lesson focusing on the wise men’s gifts. If you have the Godly Play Advent cards and Christmas card, the Epiphany lesson would be a perfect way to help your child discover the meaning of Epiphany.
Tired, Need Sleep has a post with a lovely activity: Preschool Art – Epiphany Stars and Corn Syrup Painting
Red Ted Art’s Blog has lots of fun Epiphany activities: Kids Get Crafty: 3 Kings (Dressing Up)
Nick Jr. has a Dora’s Three Kings Day Party with activities and printables.
Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben has an Epiphany Party Planner with lots of ideas.
American Bible Society has Epiphany ideas for a dramatic reading, prayer star, Epiphany cookies, and an Epiphany party with a Bible treasure hunt.
Catholic Mom has educational resources for Epiphany, especially suitable for elementary-aged children.
Whatever you choose to do, have a Happy Epiphany!