As we continue to celebrate the Christmas season, the Epiphany approaches. Sometimes lost or overlooked in the hustle and bustle, this feast marks the end of the Christmas season and moves us back into Ordinary Time.
We celebrate the Visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. My children and I talk about the Three Kings (potentially perilous) journey to Bethlehem, what it means today to seek Christ, and what gifts we can offer. As I’ve gotten older, the timing of the Epiphany and the New Year is so apropos. It’s a new year, a fresh start to turn our paths toward God and offer Him back our very best.
For little ones, celebrating the Epiphany is downright fun! There’s crafts of stars and crowns, stories of wise men and camels, and of course, King Cake!
Let’s take a look and check out all of the amazing ways to celebrate Epiphany with your family this year.
Remember, you don’t have to choose EVERY single thing on this list. Grab a cup of coffee, settle in, and select the ideas that work for YOU.
Enjoy crafting with your children? Grab your supplies and get started. If crafts aren’t your style (solidarity, sister), then scroll on down to the books, printables, snacks and videos to enjoy.
Make this special, but keep it simple for sanity’s sake.
If you’re a crafty mom, I’ve got you covered with loads of Epiphany fun. These simple ideas for celebrating the arrival of the Wise Men are adorable.
- Epiphany Prayer Boxes shared by Christian Crafters
- Three Wise Men Bible Paper Toys from My Little House
- 3D Craft of the 3 Wise Men provided by My Little House
- Camel Craft Ideas over at Artists Helping Children
- Glitter Crowns for Epiphany at Catholic Inspired
- Camel & Wise Man Silhouette by DLTK
- Toilet Paper Tube Wise Men Craft shared by Susan Evans
- Popsicle Stick Kings from Glued to My Crafts
- Three Kings Paper Craft via PaperCraft
- Three Kings Day Grass Box over at Green & Gorgeous
- Three Kings Crown Craft from De Su Mama
- Wise Men’s Christmas Adventures Puppets from Sunday School Zone
- Wise Men Ornament Craft from Catholic Icing
- Wise Men handprint painting from Mrs Karen’s Class
- Wise Men Crafts over at Bible Kids Fun Zone
- Three Wise Men Paper Crafts from DLTK Holidays
- We Three Kings Craft from Crayola
- Paper Three Kings Chain from First Palette
- Three Kings Wooden Spoon Fun via The Gingerbread House
Maeve loves these Wise Men block people – we glued them to a toilet paper roll, but you could also use a craft stick or even laminate them and add magnets.
Speaking of toilet paper rolls ….
Upcycle your toilet paper rolls and fabric scraps and make these kings!
Then, grab some paint sticks and extra felt to make these sweet Wise Men stick people.
I love these wise men shadow puppets! Your children can easily enact the Wise Men’s journey with these fun props.
- Wise Men Song from DLTK Kids
- Giving the Gifts of the Magi shared by Catholic Playground
- An Epiphany Home Blessing from the USCCB
- Seeking the Savior games shared by Sermons4Kids
- Epiphany Music Spotify List
Epiphany Star Crafts
- Popsicle Stick Star of David from Hello Kids
- Craft Stick Stars from Powerful Mothering
- Fold and Cut Star Shape Craft from DLTK Kids
- Craft Stick Star Ornaments via Happy Hooligans
- Epiphany Star over at Christian Crafters
- Corn Syrup Painted Epiphany Stars from Tired, Need Sleep
My children are asking to make these sweet star ornaments,too!
Epiphany Snacks for Kids
My children LOVE celebrating a feast day with special foods or treats. It’s an easy way to bring the feast alive for them, without making too much work for you, mom.
- King Cake Cupcakes are a tradition in the Kennedy house every Epiphany
- Gingerbread Stars from Pillsbury
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Stars — you just need a star cookie cutter! Or, spread peanut butter on star shaped crackers.
- Crispy Cheese Stars from Key Ingredient
- Crown Pizza from Catholic Cuisine
Check out this free Wise Men unit study for your family.
Find more ideas to help spark your celebration of Epiphany or Three Kings Day here.
Need a lesson plan to study the Wise Men in your homeschool with young children? Start here.
Art Hub for Kids is one of my newest finds – Rob does a fantastic job in teaching kids how to draw. Here, you’ll walk through a tutorial on drawing the Three Wise Men.
More Epiphany Printables
Check your paper stash and fire up your printer for these wintery days. I found all sorts of printable activities, word puzzles, coloring pages, lesson plans and more.
- Three Kings Day printable card at Living Mi Vida Loca
- Three Kings Coloring Page from Living Mi Vida Loca
- Wise Men Coded Puzzle Printable from Bible Wise
- Printable Three Wise Men Coloring Page from Hello Kids
- Wise Men Magnet Page from Making Learning Fun
- Epiphany Printables shared by Apples 4 the Teacher
- Epiphany Coloring Pages from Free Kid Stories
- Visit of the Magi from My Wonder Studio
- Star Dot to Dot from Christian Answers
- Letters to the Three Kings (English and Spanish versions) from Mommy Maestra
- Wise Men Maze shared at Sermons 4 Kids
- Wise Men maze via Biblewise
- Wise Men Visit Jesus maze available at Biblewise
- Finding Jesus maze found at Biblewise
- Wise Men find the difference puzzle page shared by Biblewise
- Wise Men missing objects over at Biblewise
- Wise Men Word Search available at Sermons 4 Kids
- Epiphany Word Search via Joanyedwards
- Wise Men Word Jumble from Sermons 4 Kids
- Wise Men Crossword shared at Sermons 4 Kids
- Epiphany Crossword over at 4 Catholic Educators
- Wise Men Multiple Choice from Sermons4Kids
- Wise Men Fill in the Blanks shared by Sermons4Kids
Epiphany Resources for Lesson Plans
If you’re looking to incorporate the liturgical season into your homeschool, these Advent plans have reading lists, music, poetry and more for you to peruse.
Other resources we use during this season:
New Advent Article on Epiphany
Books to Read About the Epiphany
When you’re finished crafting, settle in on the couch and spend some time with your littles reading these great books.
We Three Kings
12 Days of Christmas
Story of the Three Wise Kings
The Last Straw
Hurray for Three Kings’ Day!
Federico and the Magi’s gift: A Latin American Christmas Story
Related: Catholic Saints Books for January
Want to enjoy some Epiphany videos with your children? I found a collection for you — you’ll find animated videos, and even a full length movie. Note: I didn’t personally preview all of these. You might want to watch them solo before sharing with your family.
- Child of Love: The Visit of the Magi
- The Fourth Wise Man
- The Story of the Other Wise Man (based on the book by Henry Van Dyke)
- We Three Kings
- The Nativity Story – Wise Men
Do you have more ideas for celebrating Epiphany with your family and friends? Let’s chat it up in the comment box! I’d love to hear how you make this season special.
Roseanne Carrara says
Thanks for linking to our silhouettes and holiday silhouette puppet theatre! Do you ever serve King Cake on Epiphany? I’m thinking about trying it this year!