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12 Days of Christmas Supplies & Directions
Decide how many kits you are going to create. Think big. For ideas on how to share these with your community, look here. Encourage the families in your faith community to take a kit to give to a friend or neighbor. The kits could make a wonderful gift to families who visit your church on Christmas Eve.
We are praying that you will sow extravagantly and that these kits will shine the light of Jesus into your community.
We thoroughly test all of our projects and we realize creating these kits for your community is a big investment so we are always trying to find the most economical way to provide these projects to large groups of people.
- Post it notes – you need 50-60 notes per kit. Order on Amazon.
- Corn starch – You need 1/2 cup corn starch per kit. Get at your local grocery store or order on Amazon.
- Snack or sandwich bags – you need 1 per kit to put the corn starch in.
- 3ML Pipettes Eye Droppers – you need 3 per kit. Order on Amazon.
- Glow in the dark stars – you need at least 10 stars per kit. Order on Amazon. cut strip of 10 off the putty square
- Size 33 Rubber Bands – you need at least 5 per kit. Order on Amazon.
- Copy paper cut into 4 inch by 6 inch pieces – you need at least 5 per kit.
- Printable Round stickers (20 to a page) – you need 12 per kit. Order on Amazon. These are to seal each day’s activity closed, so each day their is a ‘gift’ to open. If you already have plenty of the standard rectangular mailing labels, you can use those instead.
- Decide what you will be putting your 12 Days of Christmas supplies in.
- The easiest and most inexpensive way to put your kits together is to use treat bags. Walmart sells them in packs of 20 for $1 and everything fits inside. Amazon sells Christmas themed treat bags. Order on Amazon.
- Another option is put all your 12 Days of Christmas supplies in a piñata. Spanish monks started the tradition of using star shaped piñatas to celebrate Christmas. We have designed this resource to fit inside a str shaped piñatas, but we also realize that if you are planning to hand out 100s of these kits, making that many star shaped piñatas is too labor intensive unless you have an army of volunteers. If you want to give it a try, our piñata creating instructions are here.
- Add a gift tag to go with your treat bags or piñatas. Create your own or add your church’s name to our gift tag.
Printing your Documents
- On regular paper, print 1 copy of the 1 12 Days of Christmas Welcome.pdf for each kit. These will need cut in half, 1 half sheet per kit.
- On regular paper, print 1 copy 2 12 Days of Christmas Hands on Activities.pdf for each kit. These will need cut in half.
- On regular paper, print 1 copy 3 12 Days of Christmas Sabbath planning.pdf for each kit. These will need cut in half, 1 half sheet per kit.
- On sticker paper, print your preferred sticker option. You need numbers 1 through 12 for each kit. Round stickers. Mailing label stickers.
- Print your gift tags.
Assemble your kits
- Put 1/2 cup of corn starch in snack bags.
- Cut putty that came with glow in dark stars into strips of 10. We tapped these strips to the bag of corn starch so they wouldn’t get lost.
- Cut your copy paper into 4 x 6 rectangles. You need 5 of these per kit.
- Fold your daily activity pages in a tri fold and seal closed with corresponding number sticker.
In each kit you need:
- 50-60 post it notes
- 1 bag of corn starch with strip of putty tapes to it
- 3 pipettes
- 5 rubber bands
- 5 sheets of 4 x 6 copy paper – we rolled these in a loose tube and fastened the rubber bands around them
- 10 glow in dark stars
- 12 daily activity pages, folded and sealed shut with stickers 1-12
- 1 Sabbath planning page
- 1 Welcome page
- Close up your goodie bag or box and add gift label.
Distribute your kits
We recommend having them ready to pass out the Sunday before Christmas or on Christmas Eve. Place the kits in an easy to access location and encourage everyone to get their kit (1 per family) before or after worship. You can also encourage families to take a kit to give to a friend or neighbor.