The Left-Right Nativity Game
Before We Begin
Purchase one ornament (options below) per child, wrap each ornament in tissue paper and place inside a brown/white paper lunch bag. Roll the top of the bag down and staple. You may place your ornaments into boxes if you prefer to wrap your gifts.
Download story below
The object of this game is to read the story to the children and have them listen for the words "left" or "right." Each time they hear the word "left" or "right," they pass their gift to the "left" or "right."
Pass out one ornament bag per child
Instruct the children to listen for the words left and right. When they hear the word left, they pass their gift to the left. When they hear the word right, they pass their gift to the right.
Begin reading at a slow pace and then pick up the pace once the children get the hang of it. This works best for children 1st-6th. It is a good idea to have an adult pointing in the correct direction each time.
At the end of the story, each child will be allowed to open their bag and keep whatever is inside. You may replace the ornament with toys, candy, little baby Jesus plush toy, actual Christmas gifts or whatever you have available.
In those days, Caesar Augustus decided to count everyone LEFT living in the whole Roman world.
Joseph LEFT, taking Mary with him RIGHT to his town of Bethlehem to register.
When they arrived, there were no rooms LEFT. All of the inns in Bethlehem were RIGHT full.
There was just nowhere LEFT for them to stay.
Finally, someone offered to let them stay RIGHT there in their stable.
Mary was pregnant and while in Bethlehem the RIGHT time came for her to give birth.
She gave birth to a boy RIGHT there.
RIGHT there in a Bethlehem stable, the Savior of the world was born.
Mary wrapped him with LEFT over strips of cloth and laid him RIGHT there in a manger.
Some Shepherds who lived RIGHT near Bethlehem, were out at night RIGHT in their fields watching over their sheep.
RIGHT then, they saw a bright light.
The light was so bright that they had to close their eyes. When they opened them again, a beautiful angel was standing RIGHT in the sky RIGHT above them with his arms LEFT opened wide.
The shepherds looked RIGHT at each other and were LEFT feeling very afraid.
Then the angel spoke RIGHT to them. “Do not be afraid, I’m RIGHT here to bring you the good news LEFT for all people.
Today RIGHT in Bethlehem a baby has been born.
He is the RIGHT one, the one that will save the world.
You will know the RIGHT baby because He will be LEFT wrapped in cloths, and laying RIGHT in a manger.”
RIGHT then, a large group of angels appeared RIGHT there, and they said, “Glory to God, and peace be to all people LEFT on earth.”
Then they LEFT as fast as they could, and soon found Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus RIGHT where the angels said they would be.
The shepherds fell RIGHT to their knees when they saw Jesus and were LEFT filled with joy that they had found the Savior.
They stayed for a short time and then LEFT.
As soon as they LEFT they began shouting RIGHT in the streets and telling everyone LEFT in town about what they had seen.
RIGHT after Jesus was born, wise men traveling RIGHT on their camels noticed a very strange star RIGHT in the sky.
They knew that the RIGHT one who would save the world had been born.
RIGHT away King Herod got very worried.
He assembled all of the important people LEFT in the area and asked them where the baby had been born.
The people replied, “RIGHT in Bethlehem.”
RIGHT then King Herod called the wise men to meet with him RIGHT away.
He asked them to go and find the child RIGHT away and worship Him.”
After the wise men spoke to the King, they LEFT to find the baby.
They didn’t know RIGHT where He was but followed the star LEFT in the east until it hung RIGHT over the place where Jesus was.
When they found Jesus, they bowed RIGHT down and worshipped him.
RIGHT after that, they opened the gifts they had brought Jesus…gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Then they LEFT to find a place to sleep for the night.
That night the wise men all had the same dream RIGHT as they were sleeping.
They were not to go RIGHT back and tell King Herod where they had found Jesus.
King Herod wanted to kill Jesus because he was jealous of Him.
So, the wise men LEFT for home another way so that Herod would not know the RIGHT direction they had come from.
They also decided RIGHT then that they would not tell King Herod anything about what they had seen.
When the wise men LEFT, and an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Arise, take Jesus and Mary, and run RIGHT to Egypt.
Joseph got up RIGHT away and woke Mary. She quickly picked Jesus RIGHT up and they LEFT in the middle of the night for Egypt where they would be safe.
RIGHT after King Herod died an angel appeared again RIGHT away to Joseph and told him to go RIGHT to a place called Nazareth.
And that’s RIGHT where Jesus grew up.