Here is an overview of the six story areas on the CD:
1) Promises, Promises: About the Old Testament Prophets, the
Cry for a King, About the Kings, the concept of "Messiah"
2) Yo Mary and Joe: The Angels Visit to Mary and Joseph,
Angel's Fluffimation...and... Mary Visits Elizabeth, About
John the Baptist, Mary's Song of Joy Fluffimation
3) The Road to Bethlehem: About Bethlehem, Herod and
features a sheep riding a donkey.
4) Jump for Joy, The Birth of Jesus: Luke 2 Movie (Theater),
About the Bethlehem House, Super Jesus Fluffimation
5) Shepherd's Night: The Angels and the Shepherds,
Shepherd's Quiz, Visit to see the newborn baby
6) Following Yonder Star --The Magi: About the Star, Herod,
Magi, Fluffy vs Herod Game, Magi Fluffimation
Plus, DJ Fluffy Jam ...a
Yo! Mary and Joe!
a Computer Workshop Lesson
by Neil MacQueen
for use with
Fluffy & God's Amazing Christmas Adventure CD
Most people remember that Gabriel appeared to Mary, but few remember
"an angel" also appeared to Joseph. In addition to being amazing,
what's interesting is that the angel in both brings a personal word
to a young mother, and a surprised soon-to-be father, that speaks to
each person's need. "Mary, don't worry, you will be called blessed.
Joseph, don't be afraid to take Mary as your wife."
In Fluffy CD you'll see and hear both
stories, learn what an angel's job is all about, ...and have your
students encouraged to BECOME messengers of God who can express the
how the "hopes and fears of all the years" are met in Jesus.
A brief outline of your lesson
Area #2: YO! Mary and Joe!
and the concluding music activity.
The Announcement (10-15 minutes)
1) Narration/Animation of the
2) Meaning and Pronunciation of Jesus' Name (printable)
3) FLUFFIMATION --- a fun activity reworking the angels'
announcement in new language.
Mary Visits Elizabeth (10-15 minutes)
1) Check out some of God's promises
2) Contrasting reasons why people get excited at Christmas
3) Tell me more about John the Baptist
4) FLUFFIMATION ---Mary's Song of Joy
Closing out your lesson (10 minutes),
your kids will play with the hymn "O Little Town of Bethlehem" found
in the Fluffy Jam music activity. It's key line is a brilliant
lesson summary: "The hopes and fears of all the years", reflects the
hopes and fears addressed by the angel to Mary and Joseph, as well
as, those of Bethlehem and Israel.
AGE RANGE: Don't let the name fool you! The content in this
CD is appropriate for both younger and older children and youth. K's
and 1's will need some reading help.
1) After gathering,
divide the students into two teams and give them 1 minute to see
who can make the most complete list of all the parts of the
Christmas story. Review their lists and offer comments. Tell them
that today we're going to focus on the appearance of the angel to
Mary and to Joseph using Fluffy and God's Amazing Christmas CD. Tell
them what sections of the CD they'll be using. (If you're short on
teachers, prepare a worksheet listing the sections you want them to
explore, and a question in each they are responsible for answering.)
Write out these
three sentences for all to see: (They are the focus of
a. What's an angel?
b. How can you be one?
c. What are the "Hopes and Fears of all the years"? ...and how
are they answered by the birth of Jesus?
2) Dive into the
At the Main Menu, click on "Yo! Mary and Joe!" and work through
the story. This is your Bible Study! God narrates and explains the
Annunciation scriptures from both Matthew and Luke. Teachers should
pause at all interactive question content to comment and reinforce.
You can also write some of these questions on a worksheet for kids
Before clicking on the Angels Fluffimation activity, click on
"The Meaning of Jesus' Name".
b. Go into The Angel Fluffimation Activity. This is a
"mad-lib"-like activity. Your kids answer some questions, and Fluffy
puts their answers into a new version of the Angel's
Annunciation...According to Fluffy & Your Kids. Do it once for fun,
discuss, then have them do it a second time "for real." Discuss
their interesting results.
c. Mary Visits Elizabeth, and Mary's Song of Joy
Some churches save the "Elizabeth and John the Baptist" area for
another lesson. Some also save the "Mary's Song Fluffimation" for
another time. Depends on how much time you have and other potential
If you go into Elizabeth's area, be ready to discuss the "Kinds of
Promises" section which has these questions: "There are two kinds of
promises in the Bible: 1) Things God gives to you no matter what. 2)
Things God can do for you if you follow God's way. Think of some
examples that fit each kind of promise."
Mary's Song of Joy (the Magnificat) is a Fluffimation
"mad-lib"-like onscreen activity like the one earlier in the lesson.
This time they'll be creating new words for the Song and playing
them back for the class. Let them do it twice. Discuss some of the
interesting words and images in the Song and how the kids have
like most on the CD can be accessed separately and turned into
its own study. Older children/youth, in particular, should read
Mary's Song of Joy from Luke 4.)
d. Go to DJ Fluffy
Jam and choose the hymn, "O Little Town of Bethlehem". Its
signature line is the point of this lesson: "the hopes and fears of
all the years are met in thee tonight." This is what the angel was
getting at in the annunication. This is how Mary and Joseph felt in
their heart when Mary was pregnant, and at Jesus' birth.
First, explain how
the game works....they drag add lyrics, sound effects, and
instruments from a pallet onto the music and play it back. After
they have played with that a while. Tell them to "do it for real
now" and make something that can be played back to the class for
discussion. Give them 5 to 7 minutes to recreate the song. Take
the class to each computer for playback.
CLOSING: Conclude by
gathering around a computer singing along with the (fun version) of
the "O Little Town" hymn. Then, ask them what the answers are to
the three questions you wrote on the board to begin the lesson.
Finish by having the children placing BOTH of their hands on those 3
questions in the shape of wings, and trace their 'wing=hands' with
chalk and have them put their name on their wings. Then pray with
them that they become true angels, --spreading the Good News ---that
Jesus brings the end of fear for our lives and worrying about our
salvation. That in him, the Love of God is pleased to dwell in our
world and forgive us our sins.
I hope you like my lesson and software.
A full guide to the CD
can be printed from
MacQueen, Permission granted for local church use. Printed from
About the "Fluffimation"
activities found throughout this CD...
are interactive reflection activities
scattered throughout the CD.
They are high-tech "mad-lib-like"
activities in which your students follow onscreen prompts to
input their own words and concepts. Their words are then inserted
into a script we've written which is spoken aloud by Fluffy.
In one Fluffimation,
the kids provide Fluffy with new words to insert into Mary's Song
of Joy. In another they help Fluffy rephrase Isaiah 9
(the "wonderful counselor" passage). In another Fluffimation, they
help describe the messiah in super-hero terms, --which
challenges your students to think about the concept of the Messiah
and his powers.
are fresh, usually quite thought-provoking, and often humorous
as Fluffy tries to speak certain words.
Fluffimation Graphic Samples Here
All the Fluffimations
in this CD are designed to create discussion between students
as they complete the fill-ins, and to be played for each other and
the teacher -creating more discussion! Because students can keep changing their input into the Fluffimations,
the results are always new. Young children will need help with
creating the Fluffimations, but will enjoy hearing "their
words" spoken by Fluffy.