The Twelve Toys of Christmas

In response to a reader request, here’s a nifty little song you could use for a Toy Service, Collective Worship or All Age. It is great for pre-Christmas, for Christmas day itself or for Epiphany.

The focus is ‘every good and perfect gift is from above’ (Jas 1:7) and it’s a great reminder of where all the good things of Christmas come from. (Yes, I know, Spiderman socks come from Tesco, but you know what I mean.)

You need twelve children standing in a row, each with a toy. If you are doing this with a Sunday school you can prime them to bring toys from home, or if it is a Toy Service the children from the congregation can bring up the toys they have brought. Otherwise you’ll need a supply of toys with you.

Go along the row and ask each child what their toy is (it can be hard to keep up with trends). Announce each toy clearly, making sure it has several syllables with a stress on the first. This is so that it can fit(ish) into the song.

hoding unicornEg, if a child brings an exercise book with Hogwarts on the front, that’s a ‘Harry Potter notebook’ (like 7 swans a-swimming). Playdoh could be ‘fun, squishy Playdoh’, or a My Little Pony Jungle Adventure Playset would just be ‘My Little Pony’. It doesn’t matter if the words don’t fit exactly, that just adds to the fun.

Kneel in front of the children as a conductor and tell them to step forward and hold up their toy when you point to them, and then step back. Take a deep breath, and off you go.

On the first day of Christmas the good God gave to me,
[point to first child] a pair of Spiderman socks.

On the second day of Christmas the good God gave to me,
[point to second child] My Little Pony
[point to first child] and a pair of Spiderman socks.

On the third day of Christmas the good God gave to me,
[point to third child] Hexbug Nanos
[point to second child] My Little Pony
[point to first child] and a pair of Spiderman socks.

spiderman socks

… and so on.

On the first line of each verse, children can hold up the appropriate number of fingers for the day. This gets to be fun for days 11 and 12, when they will have to use their feet as well!

If you are doing this as a performance, encourage everyone to join in with the last line on day twelve, and celebrate God’s good gift of Spiderman socks.

 

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