Create an easy graham cracker Nativity scene with your kids as a fun way to focus on the coming of Jesus! The printable base and stars make this craft fast!
When my kids were little, I used to have parties for their friends. In addition to wild and crazy playtime, we usually had a snack “craft” for the kids to do. They loved it! We covered the tables with those plastic tablecloths from the dollar store, made a little assembly station for each kid with all the supplies they’d need (and some extra ones to eat), and then explained the assembly to them.
My kids remember those times fondly. I taught Sunday School for preschoolers for years, and we used that same simple type of food craft for special days.
This graham cracker Nativity scene truly is easy. It’s also fast. That makes it a perfect craft for groups, and for little ones. If you want to turn it into an easy gingerbread Nativity type of activity, you can certainly give your kids some extra candies and let them decorate the stable. It’s completely up to you!
Easy Graham Cracker Nativity Scene
Check out this fun video I made of the Easy Graham Cracker Nativity Scene! You’ll see everything you need to know to assemble your little Nativity.
Tips for Fun Snack Projects with Kids
Working on snack projects with kids is so much fun, but it can be a challenge. If you choose to involve your kids, I have a few suggestions for you.
- Expect a mess. Put your child’s long hair up, wash little hands, and have them wear washable clothes.
- Prepare the food beforehand. For little ones, the real fun is in the decorating, so do as much of the prep work as you can before you involve the kids.
- Keep basic supplies on hand. I’m embarrassed to tell you how many types of sprinkles I have. We eat really healthy, but when we celebrate, there are always sprinkles involved. It’s nice to have a little supply of food decorations. You know, for emergencies.
- Set the food to be decorated on a child-size table or on a plastic table cloth on the floor. Nothing ruins the food decorating fun faster than having a child fall off a kitchen stool. Your kids will be intent on their decorating task. They may not remember they’re standing high above the ground. (Don’t ask me how many children fell off chairs before I realized this!)
- It’s OK to do easy. We eat vegan and gluten-free, so I make many of our foods from scratch. But for special celebrations, there’s nothing wrong with easy, store-made foods and decorations!
Graham Cracker Nativity Scene Printable
- I recommend printing on white cardstock so the base and star will be more durable and they’ll stand up. This is my very favorite cardstock: Neenah Premium Cardstock.
- You’ll need to cut the base and stars out so you can use them. I cut around them, leaving a small white margin. I don’t suggest trying to cut on the line. Also, if your children are small, you may want to cut the bases and stars out yourself beforehand.
Supplies Needed to Make Your Graham Cracker Nativity
You’ll need a few supplies to make your Nativity snack. You may have a few of these items already. If not, these are all fairly inexpensive and will serve you well for multiple projects and snacks.
- Your Nativity Scene Base & Stars
- Cookie Icing (I like the icing that’s already in a squeeze bottle!)
- Pull and Peel Red Licorice
- Animal Crackers (2 per Stable)
- White Cardstock
- Wax Paper
Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Crackers, Honey 4-14.4ozBetty Crocker Cookie Icing 7oz Pouch, Red, 7 OunceTwizzlers Cherry Flavor Wrapped Candy, Pull ‘n Peel (Pack of 25 Ounces)Barnum’s Animal Crackers, 2.125 Ounce (Pack of 24)Neenah Cardstock, 8.5Reynolds Kitchens Parchment Paper (SmartGrid, Non-Stick, 45 Square Foot Roll)
Assembling Your Graham Cracker Nativity Scene
Here are the steps for your easy graham cracker Nativity scene. Your children can help with most of these steps, and you can step in and help whenever necessary, or you can prepare this for your family or group in advance.
1) Print Your Nativity Scene Base & Stars & Cut Them Out
There is a page of two ESV bases, and a page of two KJV bases, followed by a page of stars. Print the base page in the version you’d like and the star page. You may print as many copies as you’d like. Cut out your bases and stars.
Note: You’ll want to cut out all of your labels in advance. Your older kids can help with this task.
2) Build Your Graham Cracker Nativity Stable
Use three half pieces of graham crackers to make a stable with three walls. Use two half pieces of graham crackers to create the roof. Overlay the two pieces a bit. Use the frosting to glue everything together.
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3) Make a Manger for Your Nativity
Use three quarter pieces of graham cracker to make a manger. Use the frosting to glue the pieces together.
4) Add Hay to Your Manger
Peel apart the pieces of your licorice, cut them to the right length for your manger, and glue them into the manger with frosting. Slide your manger into the stable.
5) Add Animals To Your Nativity Scene
Have your child choose two animal crackers. They can apply a glob of frosting to the back of each animal and put on on each side of the stable. If you want, you can explain the types of animals that were likely in the stable: camels, oxen, sheep, goats, and birds. In the Ancient Near East, there wouldn’t have been elephants and monkeys. We can enjoy the animal crackers, though!
6) Talk about the verse on the base card.
Read 2 Corinthians 9:15 aloud with your kids. Explain what an amazing gift Jesus really is to all people everywhere!
Take Pictures of Your Easy Graham Cracker Nativity Scene!
Take a picture of your Graham Cracker Nativity Scene and share it on social media with the hashtag #BibleRoadTrip. You can tag me as well! I’d love to reshare it. I’m on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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