The feast of the Epiphany occurs on the evening of January 6, the twelfth day after Christmas. Its name means “appearance” or “manifestation,” and it celebrates the day when Jesus was revealed as the Son of God to the wise men, or magi. When the magi adored the infant Jesus and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, it was taken as a sign, because they were Gentiles, that Jesus was sent as the Savior of all men everywhere, not only the Jews.
Following is a list of children’s stories, videos, coloring pages and activities for this special day.
A Little Children’s Book about Epiphany - Short quotations about Epiphany, with engaging photos on each page. A cute booklet for children from 4 to 7 years old.
Musings on the Magi - A fascinating article about the Magi, including thoughts on where they were from, why they traveled to Bethlehem and what they found when they arrived. Unlike the other stories & articles in this list, this article is just text with no pictures. Even so, older children from ages 8 or 9 on up who have heard the story of the Magi many times will likely enjoy the new, interesting information this article provides.
The First Epiphany - The story of the first Epiphany for children, with text in English and Spanish. Ideal for preschoolers and children up to 5 years old. Download the free ebook (epub/mobi) here.
We Three Kings – A kids’ PowerPoint of the classic Christmas song, “We Three Kings”. Great for preschoolers and young children.
The Visit of the Magi – A brief overview of the story of the wise men, from Matthew 2:1-11. For kids of all ages.
The Intriguing Story of the First Christmas, part 3 - An in-depth look at the story of the visitation of the Magi. For children ages 6 on up.
The Other Wise Man – The classic story of Artaban, the fourth wise man. This story is condensed for easy reading and is suitable for children ages 7 on up.
Wise Men from the East – An overview of the story of the Magi from the Bible, along with interesting insight into what Christian tradition has to say about the fate of these three adventurous men who left everything behind to follow a star and worship the Messiah. Ideal for kids 7 and up.
Fascinating Facts About Epiphany - Interesting facts about the origins of the Magi and their search for the new King. For ages 8 on up.
Caspar's Story - A true to life retelling of the story of the Magi, as told by Caspar. Ideal for children ages 8 on up. Download the free ebook (epub/mobi) here.
The Wise Men Visit Baby Jesus - Excerpted from the cartoon "Bible for Beginners"
Child of Love: the Visit of the Magi - An audio dramatization of the visit of the Magi and Joseph and Mary's flight into Egypt. About 10 minutes long; excerpted from the Christmas audio drama "Child of Love".
The Fourth Wise Man – Classic movie for children about the legend of the Artaban, the fourth wise man.
We Three Kings - Kidzone Animated Children’s Song
The Nativity Story – Wise Men - Excerpted from the movie “The Nativity” (2006)
The Three Wise Men – Story of the three wise men as told by children; courtesy of www.jesusandkidz.com.
Coloring Pages and Arts and Crafts Activities
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