Three Wise Men’s Gifts: Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh *Sensory Activity*

Most of us are familiar with the Christian Christmas story of the three wise men who presented the baby Jesus with Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Most pictorial depictions show these gifts in containers. Aside from gold which many of us are familiar with, what did these gifts really look like?


So I ordered up some Frankincense and Myrrh on eBay about a month ago in anticipation of this activity. Both are actually resin harvested from various trees around the Middle East as well as India. Frankincense is lighter in color than Myrrh. It was very interesting to see these in real life.

For my gold, I do not have a budget for a nugget, so I bought gold flakes which was about $2 for a seeming “lot” which was actually very little if you were to melt it down. I also got this on eBay, lol.


For this activity, I let my preschooler handle the different items and feel them, smell them, etc. We discussed them in terms of our senses – what do they look like, what do they smell like? Honestly the Frankincense and Myrrh resin had a minimal smell, so we put a little oil on a heated diffuser and cooked some of our nuggets, and the smell was much stronger that way.

Lastly we discussed how important it is at Christmas (and all through the year) to be unselfish and giving instead of merely expecting gifts.

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