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Celebrate Three Kings Day for Kids on Jan 6th with these FUN Activities

In many other countries, celebrating the birth of Christ doesn’t stop on Christmas Day; it’s actually when it starts!  The celebration continues until January 6th, which is known as Three Kings Day.  Kings Day is the day recognized that the Three Wise Men (or Magi) finally came upon baby Jesus. Celebrate three kings day for kids with these fun crafts, three kings day activities, and ideas for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and elementary age students.

Celebrate three kings day for kids with these fun crafts, three kings day activities, and ideas for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and elementary age students.

Three kings day for kids

Celebrate 3 Kings Day on January 6 with these fun three kings day games and three kings day crafts with toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartens, grade 1, grade 2, and elementary age students.

What is Three Kings Day?

Until this post, I honestly had no clue what Three Kings Day was, why it was celebrated, and what it meant.  Growing up, our Christmas season was celebrated the 1st of December to Christmas Day.  Our tree may have stayed up til the New Year, but more out of our laziness to pack everything back up til next year.   However, while reading up on Three Kings Day, I have learned that for many cultures, Christmas Day is when celebrating the coming of Christ BEGINS!
Three Kings Day is also called, Epiphany.  It marks the 12th Day of Christmas and concludes that Christmas season.

According to the Biblical story, the Three Kings (also called wise men or magi)—named Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar—followed the Star of Bethlehem to find the birthplace of Baby Jesus. They presented the baby with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The holiday is widely celebrated in the Hispanic community with traditions that include a Rosca de Reyes (“King’s Cake”) and gifts for children. Many consider this day more important than Christmas.     — Hallmark

It is also a celebrated tradition in parts of Europe.  According to the book, Three Kings Day: A Celebration of Christmastime, “Three Kings Day was brought to the Western Hemisphere by the Spanish (7).”
Three Kings Day, or Epiphany, is steeped in traditions with beautiful meaning pointing to the Christ-child.  To introduce your children Three Kings Day traditions, here are some fun, yet simple ways to make this day meaningful to your child.

Celebrate three kings day for kids with these fun crafts, three kings day activities, and ideas for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and elementary age students.

Three kings day games

  • Baby Jesus Hide and Seek Game

The Three Kings, also known as the Three Wise Men, were in search of something special.  They followed a star that led them to Baby Jesus.  With your kids, turn their search into a fun hide-n-seek game!  Find a stuffed animal or baby doll and hide it somewhere around the house.  Once hidden, have your children pretend to be the Three Kings searching for Baby Jesus!

  • Follow the Leader Star Game
Each of the Three Kings were in different areas when they noticed a special star in the sky.  Each gathered something of worth to bring on their journey, which led them to the greatest gift of all– Baby Jesus.  For the kids, play a fun game of Follow the Leader Star Game.  Craft up a DIY Star Wand using foil and decorative gems.  If playing this game with multiple children, have each child create a star.  To play the game, choose a child to be the “leader.”  Holding his/her star high above, the other children can follow it as the child moves around the house!

Three kings day crafts

  • Three Kings Popsicle Sticks — Craft up some the Three Wise Men using craft sticks.  This is a simple craft for all ages!
  • Stained Glass Sun Catcher  — Inspired by the star that the Three Kings followed, create a beautiful and simple star sun catcher to showcase on your window!
  • Paper Crown —  Use paper plates and your craft stash for your little ones to create their own crown to wear, just like the Three Kings.

Read the Nativity Story

Using your nativity set, toy props around the house, or these sweet Nativity Story Stones from My Joy Filled Life, read the Christmas story with your child and have him/her act out the story as you read.  Or, re-tell the story with your child!

 

Prepare for the Three Kings to Visit You

In many cultures that celebrate Three Kings Day, it is the Three Kings who bring gifts– not Santa Claus!  To prepare for the Three Kings gifts, children put a shoebox filled with straw or grass under their bed.  The box of grass is meant to be a treat for the camels that have traveled a long distance following the star.  For showing kindness to the camels, the Three Magi leave a special gift or two on January 6th..

 

Gift(s) of the Magi Sensory Play

On their journey, each Magi brought a special gift.  Balthazar brought gold, Melchior brought Myrrh, an Gaspar brought Frankincense.  Using the gifts the Wise Men carried, create an Invitation to Play.  This Three Wise Men Invitation to Play is a great way to engage little ones in endless play and is a great way to explore the sense of smell!

 

Eat Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Bread)

Celebrations are never short on yummy foods!   Traditionally, a Three Kings Cake is a soft, sweet bread ring with dried fruit toppings.  To keep things simple, I love this King Cake using Monkey Bread!  Or this Three Kings Cake idea using a glazed donut is simple and fun, too!

happy 3 kings day

3 kings day for kids

Is Three Kings Day a custom you celebrate in your home?  Set aside January 6th to celebrate Three Kings Day, whether it is by making time for one of these activities and/or turning the whole day into a celebration for the King that has come!

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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