Teaching The Nativity Song Lyrics

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The Nativity Song is one of the most popular Christmas Primary songs in the Children’s Songbook.  It’s the perfect song to teach children all about the events surrounding the Savior’s birth.

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Nativity Song Primary singing time ideas

The Nativity Song

When teaching visual songs, using pictures is always my go-to method!  And The Nativity Song is a VERY visual song!  Below are my 3 favorite visuals for singing time!

The Nativity Song Sheet Music and Lyrics

Find the sheet music to The Nativity Song on the Church’s website.  In the lyrics, each verse depicts various events that took place that sacred night:

  1. 1. This is the season beloved of the year. Sing a rhyme; Christmastime soon will be here. Tell the true story of Jesus’ birth, When, as a baby, he came to the earth.

  2. This is the new star, shining so bright, Lighting the world on that first Christmas night. This is the angel proclaiming the birth, Singing “Hosanna!” and “Peace on the earth!”

  3. This is the stable, shelter so bare; Cattle and oxen first welcomed him there. This is the manger, sweet hay for a bed, Waiting for Jesus to cradle his head.

  4. These are the shepherds, humble and mild, Hast’ning to worship the heavenly child. These are the wise men who followed the star, Frankincense, gold, and myrrh brought from afar.

  5. See the sweet mother, Mary so fair, Joseph, who guided the donkey with care. See the dear baby of Bethlehem, Little Lord Jesus, the Savior of men.

 

The Nativity Song Flip Chart

I recommend posting the words using this flip chart format for this singing time activity.

Camille's Primary Ideas: posting words for singing time, singing time flip charts

The Nativity Song Singing Time Idea

Use the 3 options of below printables to create a nativity scene with all the kids as active participants.  As each nativity item is sung in the song, have children wearing the corresponding visual, stand up or step forward.

Teaching The Nativity Song Lyrics to Sr. Primary

For older children, pass out the necklaces out of order and them figure the order.  Then create 5 stations around the room (representing the 5 verses) and have children move to the area where they think they should be. 

Once grouped correctly, have everyone sit down.  Call up the first group which is the first verse.  Sing the verse and discuss why each picture fits where it does, Repeat with each verse.

Teaching Nativity Song Lyrics to Jr. Primary

Pass out necklaces.  As you and the teachers sing the song, have children stand when they hear their picture sung. Then go through each verse and call up children with the matching necklaces.

The Nativity Song Printables

Choose any of these 3 printable options for teaching The Nativity Song (click on each link to quickly jump to that option).

  1. Susan Fitch Flip Chart Kit
  2. OCD Primary Chorister
  3. Black & White Church Visuals

1. Susan Fitch Flip Chart

You probably know I’m a HUGE fan of Susan Fitch!  And she has created a beautiful flip chart to The Nativity Song.

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Nativity Song with Susan Fitch Artwork

2. OCD Primary Chorister Printables

OCD Primary Chorister created similar visuals that are available to download for free:

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Nativity Song Primary singing time ideas

Download the Free The Nativity Song Singing Time Printables

These printables are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > The Nativity Song.

 

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3. Black & White Church Visuals

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I have enlarged these images so each one fits on a full size sheet of paper. These are filed on the Resource Library page under Song Title > The Nativity Song.

Print The Nativity Printables

Whatever printables you decide to use, print them on card stock, cut out and laminate. 

Then write the keyword order on the back of each to help with the activity:

  1. SEASONS
  2. CHRISTMAS TREE
  3. SCRIPTURES
  4. STABLE SCENE
  5. STAR
  6. EARTH
  7. ANGEL
  8. BIRD
  9. EMPTY STABLE
  10. COW
  11. EMPTY MANGER
  12. MANGER WITH BABY
  13. SHEPHERDS
  14. SHEPHERDS WITH MANGER
  15. WISE MEN
  16. WISE MEN GIFTS
  17. MARY
  18. JOSEPH & DONKEY
  19. BABY JESUS
  20. SAVIOR

Then punch holes in the top and tie to string or yarn to be worn around the children’s necks like this:

Verse 1:

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Nativity Song Primary singing time ideas

Verse 2:

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Nativity Song Primary singing time ideas

Verse 3:

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Nativity Song Primary singing time ideas

Verse 4:

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Nativity Song Primary singing time ideas

Verse 5:

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Nativity Song Primary singing time ideas

The Nativity Song Handbell Chart

Also available in the Resource Library is a handbell chart that utilizes chords.  Make sure to check out more details for using handbells in Primary.

Camille's Primary Ideas: The Nativity Song Primary singing time ideas handbell chart

Review The Nativity Song

Review The Nativity Song with this Christmas twist on Hot ‘n Cold activity!

Also available is a coloring book for The Nativity Song

Camille's Primary Ideas: Primary Song Coloring Books

More Christmas Singing Time Ideas

Make sure to check out more Christmas singing time ideas!

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Check out this quick tutorial video for accessing the Resource Library:

These printables are filed on my Resource Library page under Song Title > The Nativity Song.

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17 thoughts on “Teaching The Nativity Song Lyrics”

  1. Actually, It is a very nice and useful website for us. So, I like it very surely. Thank you very much for this website. If you want more informastion about stock charts to visit stock charts There are numerous details that you can do by having a stock chart as well as use. You can easily observe different period, utilize technical signals and use different types of varieties of variety.

  2. Hi Camille, I love your ideas. The link for these pictures is not working. I think the OCD Primary Chorister's Blog is not active. Do you have these pictures you could post, please.

  3. Hi Kathy!

    Linked above is a direct link to my Google Drive with the clip art that I have saved. I don't have all the images for some reason. I'm trying to track them down but not being very successful. I'll up date as soon as I get anything. Sorry about that!

    ~Camille

    1. Hi Camille,
      I can’t find the link to access the images for the nativity song. I would like the images from the OCD website, the same ones that you used for your lesson. Please let me know if there is a way I can access these. Thanks!

      1. Hi Alyson,

        I’ve sent you an email. If you use the ACCESS RESOURCE BUTTON at the bottom of the post, you will receive an email with access to all my printables (make sure to check our spam folder!). The files you are looking for are filed there (I double checked) under Song Category > The Nativity Song. I hope that helps!

        ~Camille

        1. Having the same problem. No email. The images are wonderful and I’d love to use them. Thanks for making my job as jr primary chorister a bit easier.

  4. I’m having the same problem as Alyson. Can’t retrieve The Nativity Song props. I’ve added you to my contact list and used the ACCESS RESOURCE BUTTON, but no email with access to your printables.

    1. Hi Beth!

      If you go to the bottom of the post, there is a green “access resource library” button. If you sign up, you’ll receive access to receive my printables which are all free. If you want the paid version, you’ll need to use the links above in the post to go through Susan Fitch’s Etsy shop. Let me know if I can help you out further.

      ~Camille

  5. Hi Camille,

    I’m interested in getting these visuals as well, but the link doesn’t have the files. Can you please email them to me?

    Thank you for the many wonderful resources 🙂

    1. Hi Martha,

      The link directs you to enter your email address where you’ll then be emailed the link to the files. I hope that helps! I’ve also emailed you.

      ~Camille

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