Teach your kids about the real meaning of Christmas with this fun Nativity scene craft for kids. They’ll want to display it year after year!
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:3-7
As we settle into this season I never want to forget the wonder of that first Christmas. When retelling the story to our children every year I ask them to dig deep into their imagination and let their mind wander with the sounds, sights and feelings of the moment.
What was Mary thinking as she gave birth so far from home, as she held this Christ baby? Was Joseph nervous? Talk about what the text does say and what it does not.
Did Mary and Joseph stay in a stable? Were there really animals? Why do we assume that to be true? Did the wise men show up right away? Did the shepherds bring their sheep with them? Have some fun filling in the gaps with the what ifs and the maybe’s.
As you work on today’s craft, Bring some awe back into this season with rich discussions about the moment that changed the course of history forever.
Nativity Scene Craft for Kids
Check out this quick video showing you how to assemble your manger scene:
Manger Scene Printable
You’ll find the the download registration for the Manger Scene Bible Verse Printable right below this sentence! The Bible verse sets come in both ESV and KJV.
Supplies Needed to Make Your Nativity Scene Craft
- 3 Tiny terracotta pots
- 2 medium size wooden balls and 1 small
- Square piece of cloth
- Hot Glue Gun
- White paper
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Creating Your Nativity Scene Craft for Kids
1) Paint Each Terracotta Pot
2) Paint the Wooden Balls for Your Nativity Scene Craft
3) Make Mary and Joseph’s Heads
4) Make Baby Jesus’ Body for Your Nativity Scene Craft
5) Give Baby Jesus a Head
Hot glue the smallest wooden ball onto the top of the rolled paper.
6) Glue Baby Jesus into the Manger
Hot glue baby Jesus’ body to the bottom of the brown pot.
7) Hot glue 1″ strips of twine around each of the heads.
8) Give Mary and Joseph Head Coverings
Fold your square piece of fabric in a triangle and glue it to the top of the heads of Mary and Joseph.
9) Cut White Paper into Thin Strips
I put mine through the paper shredder. Then accordion fold the paper. Place it in the manger with Jesus.
10) Draw eyes on each of their faces.
Enjoy your manger scene! This year we made a few sets of these to give as gifts to our Sunday School teachers.
Angela is a wife and homeschooling mom to four. You can find her at Schooling with Grace where she helps to encourage and equip homeschooling parents for the journey.
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I hope your family is blessed by our new Bible Christmas Crafts for Kids series here at Thinking Kids. We have 10 amazing bloggers joining us to bring you a series of fun crafts to help your family continue to focus on the birth of Jesus.
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