Christmaskidchris-benson-489184-unsplashblogI’m guessing that like most churches, you’ll be having the kids in with mum and dad during the Christmas services. None of us want them to be bored, but even with a few ‘kiddy’ related spots or songs, any service can seem like an eternity to kids while the presents are sitting untouched at home.

How to delight kids at Christmas services without breaking the budget

What if we could delight kids at Christmas with the real Christmas story pitched at their level and neatly packaged with fun activities to keep them engaged.

Imagine if you didn’t have to lift a finger and could give them a self-directed lesson, they can do in church that is Biblically focused and packed with fun activities including full colour stickers?

I’m Stephen Shearsby the creator of Anton’s Antics, Gospel Shows for Children and Families and over the past 7 years I’ve been writing and publishing sticker stories to make Christmas a breeze for Christian ministries.

Solving the Christmas puzzle for kids

You see, one day a person came to me with a problem...

They were tired of trying to think of things to give to kids during Christmas services to keep them busy not bored. They were frustrated at the random nature of some of the word puzzles they handed out. They didn’t like the lack of Bible content and meaningfulness of the sheets they downloaded from the internet.

They wanted to step up. Perhaps you do as well.

At the same time, the organisation I worked for had a little sticker sheet for playgroups to use at Christmas. The idea being that the kids would stick the stickers randomly into a page of pictures around the Christmas story. They were popular but didn’t really offer much story; you as a leader had to supply the story to make the sticker sheet more purposeful.

I reflected on these things:

Kids love stickers

Kids love story

Kids love thoughtful activities…not random ones

Then it dawned on me…what if we could combine the fun activities and the stickers together but apply them all within a short, coherent story that faithfully taught the Bible?

Now we’re talking, right?!

WFUXmasschooler-webwithpencilsblogThe idea for Anton’s Antics Sticker Stories were born.

Imagine if you had something that will engross kids in God’s word this Christmas as they carefully place stickers into a short story and complete age appropriate activities.

Four Sticker Stories, two age groups

I’ve got you covered with four sticker story lines to choose from. Each story line also has versions that suit school age (6-12 years) and before school age children (3-5 years). That’s eight sticker story versions that cover most parts of the Christmas story, four stories, two age groups for each.

So that you can be confident you’re not covering the same old territory, I’ve created each Christmas sticker story from different moments in the Christmas event:

Jesus is announced to Mary and Joseph; Jesus’ parents travel to Bethlehem; Shepherds watch and celebrate; Wise men honour the king.

It took us a while to develop the art…but I’m so proud of the work we’ve done creating awesome graphics that clearly depict the emotion of some of the Bible’s scenes.

Kids as you know look at the pictures first. They interpret the story, through the graphics. Then they hit the stickers.

But what about the Bible…what do the stories say??

Let’s take a quick look at each one so that you can decide which story is going to suit your kids this Easter. I’ve summarized the key theme/message for each and then put their titles underneath them below. Click on the links to take a closer look at what each story contains:

visitor overview“The Visitor” Sticker Story

Jesus birth announced to Joseph and Mary

Children see how God fulfils His promise to save mankind by sending Jesus

The Visitor – School Age Version

The Visitor – Before School Age Version

 

 

 

  “Who’s For You?” Sticker Story

Jesus’ parents travel to Bethlehem to obey Caesar’s edict

Children see the contrast between Jesus and world leaders

Who’s For You? – School Age Version

Who’s For You? – Before School Age Version

 

“The Shepherd and the King” Sticker Story

Shepherds celebrate Jesus’ birth

Children see how God fulfilled his promise to King David and provide a forever king

The Shepherd and the King – School Age Version

The Shepherd and the King – Before School Age Version

Star Struck-schooler-blog“Shine a Light” Sticker Story

Wise men honour the king

Follow the wise men as they follow the star to find God’s king

Shine a Light Sticker Story – School Age Version (SORRY OUT OF PRINT)

Shine a Light Sticker Story – Before School Age Version

Frequently asked questions

What about families? I want just a few sticker stories for my kids at home…how can I get them?

I haven’t forgotten you…while the stories are often purchased by ministries, I have also put together a smaller assorted pack of stories, (in a pack of 6) for under $10. See my family devotion sticker story packs in store for details.

Perhaps you’re wondering about the text…what version is it from?

While the text of Anton’s Sticker Stories closely follows the Bible’s narrative, they are a paraphrase, written in rhyme, to make the story compact, fun and memorable.

I prepare all the content of my sticker stories from the ground up, using the original languages and translating the accounts into English. This process has the benefit of slowing me down, heightening my appreciation of the author’s intent, so I can be confident my sticker story paraphrase remains authentic to the original.

How long are the stories? How long will it take to complete?

Each story is built to suit a 4 page, A5 quality print, colour booklet. School age kids working on the school age version will take about 20-25 minutes to fully complete all the activities and colour in one of Anton’s sticker stories. Preschool age children will usually spend up to 10 minutes on their sticker story…and that’s quite an achievement!

How do the stickers work?

Oh, did I tell you how much kids love the stickers!?

In fact, this is the first activity they do. Each sticker story comes with a sheet of 8 full colour stickers that children must carefully position, (2 for each page) into the story.

What activities are included in each sticker story?

ShepherdDblpackI didn’t want kids to be just colouring in a story, even though it may have great graphics and a unique, rhyming story to go with it. So, I developed an interpretive key or ‘code breaker’ that lies at the bottom of the centerfold of each story that kids use to decode missing letters in the text. Once they have successfully decoded the text, they story becomes clear. What this does is make the kids focus on the Bible’s message as they must work it out for themselves.

How can I order?

Simply click on any of the links above or go to the store here and choose the sticker story packs that interest you. Stickers come in packs of 25 each.

What if I want to order a large number, is there a discount?

All orders over $49 are shipped free of charge. However, if you’re ordering over 8 packs, get in contact with me so I can work out a discount for you. Larger the order, the bigger the discount.

How long does it take to ship?

Please leave a street address so we can ship via courier directly to you. Generally, it only takes a few days to ship to you however, Australian states such as NT, TAS, SA and WA can be up to 5-7 days.

What if I’m not Australia?                                                                                                                                       

Contact me directly and I’ll get you a quote for shipping and estimated delivery times. If time permits, we’ll arrange shipment after payment via direct bank deposit.

Kids love Anton’s Sticker Stories.

Get your order in today so you can start feeling the weight of Easter become a whole lot lighter and definitely fun!

Let’s grow godly kids!