The Wise-Mens’ Tale
Having adapted the children’s carol, 'An Angel told Shepherds' to be a lower risk version All-Age activity for coronavirus times, the same simple adaptation can be made for this - The Wise Men’s Tale (Matthew 2, 1 – 11): an interactive all-age story.
Each child is given one of the following names (whilst remaining in their seats, which will have been suitably spaced for the service) Caspar, Melchior, Balthazar, Camels, and Servants. (If one or two of these names have to be repeated, or left out, this story can still be used). The children have to listen out for the name they have been given, then when it comes in the story they must stand up, turn around and sit down. When Caravan is in the story, all the children must stand up, turn round and sit down.
The narrator starts telling the story slowly whilst the children get used to what they have to do, then gradually speed up. Every time we have used it, with small or large groups the children and the adults have enjoyed it .
At the end of the seventh paragraph, follow the instructions in bold. Again in our experience, a high proportion of grown-ups present have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the ‘game’.
At the end of the story, add a few sentences to explain why the visit of the wise men was so important: thus your story-telling is integrated with your teaching.
Here’s the story
'Once upon a time, there were three Wise men who lived in the land we now call Iran. They were called Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar and they watched the stars every night to try and understand the meaning of their patterns in the sky.