14 Oct Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop of Wonders Series Tips
Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop of Wonders is a Christmas store where you can go to find the perfect gift and where it is Christmastime year-round! Follow Professor Playtime as he helps customers learn the true meaning of Christmas and experience this holiday through the eyes of the Bible characters who were actually there!
In Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop of Wonders Jr., children ages 3-6 will join Professor Playtime, his assistant Holly, and all of the customers who visit the toy store. So bring your carols, your wrapping paper, and as much jolliness and cheer as you can carry! Because Professor Playtime's Christmas Shop of Wonders is open for business!
This series does follow a normal Elevate Jr. format. Wonder and Palette introduce the lesson and the Christmas songs. The skit style for Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop of Wonders is live action, without puppets. In the skit each week, Holly tries to help a customer, but can’t. Professor Playtime tells them a part of the Christmas Story in order to help them learn each week’s lesson. Not only does Holly learn how God wants her to live, but the customers and the children also learn what God has for their lives. Current Elevate users will recognize the Bible Lesson/Skit format as being similar to the Elevate series, City Streets Jr., in that the Bible Lesson is taught by Professor Playtime in the middle of the skit. This format allows the children the ability to learn alongside the main characters of the skit.
In Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop of Wonders Kids, children ages 6-12 will join Professor Playtime and his customers at the Christmas Shop of Wonders as they learn the true meaning of Christmas. The skit style of this series is different than any series we have done before, with a larger set, animated characters in the middle of the skit, and special effects. The main character, Professor Playtime, helps a different person each lesson learn how to apply the Christmas Story to their life.
The Bible Lesson begins in the middle of the skit as the characters watch a Christmas Globe come to life and zoom into a narrator’s house. A narrator opens a new present each Lesson that has an object and leadership trait that relates to the Bible Lesson. He then reads a part of the Christmas Story with Animation. Due to the uniqueness of the skit and the special effects included, this series is not available in Perform It Live format.
What’s the same and what’s different? This series follows a traditional Elevate series format. It includes three additional Christmas songs, and a stop-motion animation for the Main Point. The Elevate Kids version includes a Teacher Devotional. The Elevate Jr. version includes a craft as a part of the Take Home Activity handed to parents and pick up time. The video portions of the lesson are a little longer than some other series to allow you time for longer Christmas services, so we recommend timing it out with your Small Group activities to make sure you can fit in all the elements you desire.
Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop of Wonders is also available in Digital Base Pack form. The digital series is beneficial when you are already using multimedia software like MediaShout® or ProPresenter® to build your elementary children’s worship hour. Each lesson of Professor Playtime’s Christmas Shop of Wonders Kids Digital includes a Christmas Team Game that takes place during Large Group time. The digital version also includes the brand-new Elevate-original songs, “Christmastime Is Finally Here” and “Star Of Wonder.”
What’s New in Professor Playtime's Christmas Shop of Wonders Digital?
- MediaShout® 4 or ProPresenter® 5 file for each lesson
- Higher Quality Videos
- Updated Teacher and Co-Teacher Scripts, Single Teacher Scripts, and Perform It Live Scripts to perform the Bible Lesson live
- Teacher and Co-Teacher Weekly Training Videos
- Countdown Video and Drumrolls
- Environmental Music
- Video Tips
- Christmas Team Game Large Group Activities
- Opening Activities
- Updated Christmas Children’s Worship Songs
- New Christmas Children’s Worship Songs, “Christmastime Is Finally Here” and “Star Of Wonder”
In Professor Playtime's Christmas Shop of Wonders Digital, there is a Christmas Team Game that takes place in the middle of the script. Each of the Christmas themed games involve every child in a Large Group environment. We have written Help Sheets to go along with these games. In addition, the games are explained on the Teacher/Co-Teacher Training Videos to help you feel equipped and prepared to make these games the best they can be.
In this series, the children will compete during certain Large Group activities to win a Mini Candy Cane. We use candy canes because they are a fun Christmas treat, but you can use any candy or treat you would like. The Mini Candy Canes are awarded to each person on the winning team to encourage participation during each competition. Instead of having a Grand Champion at the end of the children’s worship hour, every team will receive a candy cane each time their winner song is played. At Fellowship Church, if everyone is doing their best, we try to award each team with their winner song and candy cane at least once during each children’s worship hour.
We look forward to seeing any stage pictures or series pictures from your children's ministry! Feel free to post them on our wall so others can see how you use Professor Playtime's Christmas Shop of Wonders! You can also check out our Elevate Set Design Pinterest page for this series. Or read up on how FC Kids uses this series multiple years in a row.
Many people ask how Elevate differs from series to series. These notes are written to help you prepare for a particular series – the similarities, the differences, the new elements, and the traditional ones. We hope this helps to answer your series questions, however you can always contact us directly at 972-471-6876 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!