Nativity Crafts

 
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The Stand-Up Characters are shown first, then extra crafts (designed for toddler ages 2 and 3) for each week are shown below. Click on small picture or words below to go to larger, printable coloring page, craft page or poster. Not all pages have a picture. Some just have the text link. Go to the Nativity Fun Pack Main Page to access the links to the printable story pages and posters, which can also be used as room decorations.
Be sure to see new Crafts for this series:
Touch-n'-Feel Nativity Craft Week 2
Sparkly Star puppet - Week 4
3D King/Camel - Week 4
Kings bring gifts craft

Baby Jesus carry case craft sample

Baby Jesus Gift Bag craft sample
Kings Give Gifts Standup Scene - Week 4
Baby Jesus Carry Case - Week 3
Baby Gift Bag - Week 3
Bulletin Board Pictures of Happy Face Gifts: Cut words off then staple all to bulletin board. Have children color the b&w pictures to add to bulletin board.
Gifts for children to color: Love, Joy, Peace
Important Safety Info:
* Please Note: We marked some of the crafts Toddler Version, or Toddler Crafts. For toddler crafts we have been careful not to use craft materials that could be choking hazards. But even crayons, markers and glue stick caps can be choking hazards. Remove caps and place out of children's reach. Only use one glue stick per child, and watch child while they are using it. But always supervise young children when working with crafts. For some of the preschool crafts (ages 4 and 5), we will have a toddler version using "safe" materials. However, if your children are developmentally behind, use the toddler crafts instead of preschool. For example, for toddlers, construction paper is used for all foam crafts. (They could tear off pieces and eat it, even after they leave the class. At least paper is not as bulky if they eat that).
Original Stand-Up Characters Nativity Set (Toddler and Preschool) - Directions below.
For ages 3+. For toddlers: Use the paper hats instead of the fabric hats with rubber bands for toddlers or young children, as these items could be choking hazards.
Shepherd 2 Pattern for fabric hats      

Puppets: (For older preschool children only - Foam craft sticks could be a choking hazard). Print a set to make as puppets. Do everything the same, except cut off the stands before gluing on cardboard. After cutting out your puppets, glue a jumbo craft stick on the back of each one.

Stable: (Optional). Turn box upside down. Cut out the front section of a box (leaving a few inches on the top and sides). Draw some lines on the outside of the box with a brown marker to make a wood-like texture. (Or place contact paper on it that looks like wood on it). To use, place the characters inside, or in front of, box. Use paper shred on the floor of the stable, and glue some on top of the manger (Place glue on manger first, then pat shred on top).

Directions for Stand-Up Nativity Set:
Craft pages (above links)

Note: For toddlers and young children, use the paper hats instead of the fabric hats with rubber bands, as these items could be choking hazards. Prep: Print all craft pages above for Nativity set. Decide if you will have each child make just a few characters, or have a whole set for each child to make over the course of a few weeks, or to finish at home. Make copies of all sheets onto card stock (if not using poster board) except fabric hat pattern. Only make copies of paper hats if not using fabric hats (paper hats recommended for toddlers). Fabric Hats: Stack 4 layers of fabric on top of each other, lining up edges. Pin together. Place fabric hat pattern onto fabric. Trace around the pattern with a fine-tipped marker or pen. Take away pattern. Cut out the fabric hats. (Place a fabric hat on heads (Mary, Joseph, shepherds), with cut-out section in front. Push hat down on all sides. Position so that the cut-out section shows the face. Put the rubber band on top. Arrange gathers. Craft: Color all pictures. If you did not make copies on card stock, cut loosely around each picture (cut off the extra space). Decide which hats you want to use for kings. Discard others. Glue pictures onto poster board close together, making sure to glue down the edges and in middle too. Cut out all pictures. Kings - Cut slits between slits on both kings' arms. (To place gifts in). Halo - Cut out inner hole. Mary - Cut slit across top of hands. Insert baby Jesus.

card stock or poster board (1-1/2 to 2 poster boards per set)
glue stick
crayons or markers
scissors (teacher only)
hole punch (teacher only)
For Fabric Hats:
4 scraps of fabric (about 8" X 6" lightweight fabrics, like cotton or flannel are good choices)
4 rubber bands
Optional Items:
Glitter or glitter glue
paper shred
Shepherd 1 - Use a hole punch a couple of times to make large enough hole in hand to hold staff (staff is on Mary picture). Shepherd 2 - Cut across top of his hands. Insert lamb without stand. Angel - Glue wings on back, and halo on front of back of head. Star - Hold punch star if hanging, or glue to top of box, if making stable. Fold back tabs on all characters to stand. Joseph - Glue a gift to his hand. Add glitter or glitter glue on angel's halo or tunic, King's crowns or robes, star, etc. Allow to dry.
Week 1 - The Gift of Joy. The main preschool crafts (Ages 4 and 5) for the week are for the children to make up the characters of Mary, Joseph and the Angel (directions above). Add the crafts below as time permits, or use these instead for toddler ages (2 and 3). a
Samples / Supplies:
Instructions:
Christmas Gifts Booklet craft - Prep: Print Craft page. Cut pages apart. Cut covers out of construction paper big enough to fold over the front and back of booklet. Write the words on the cover: Gifts God Gives Me or Christmas Gifts, or something similar. Let children add glitter glue to cover. (Tip: You may want to place pictures in a tray before pouring glitter with the for easy clean-up). B&w Booklet Craft page
words for Gift activity
Pages for booklet
11 x 17" Construction paper
Crayons/Markers
Glitter and glue or Glitter glue (optional)
Staples
Scissors (teacher only)
 
Coffee Filter Angel (not pictured). Prep: Print Angel picture. Cut the angel out without its wings. Craft: Color or paint. Add glitter. Fold coffee filters in half. Tape or staple onto the back of the angel, so that some of the filters show from the front side. Angel picture
Angel poster
Angel color / craft page
Coffee filters
Crayons/markers
Stapler/staples or tape
Glitter and glue or Glitter glue (optional)
Mini Posters of Mary and Joseph; Kings; Shepherds; Kings with Star
Week 2- The Gift of Love! - (Links to larger pictures are on the words, not the pictures)

Touch-'n-Feel Nativity Craft - For age 3+. Toddler Version (below) uses Printable Fabric Shapes) Prep: Print and make copies of Nativity craft page. Print Fabric Patterns page onto card stock. Cut out patterns and place on appropriate fabric, trace and cut out fabric pieces. Place star pattern on shiny wrapping paper, trace and cut out stars. Cut lengths of loopy or fringe trim to match horse's mane and cow hair. Place each set of fabric shapes in envelopes to shorten craft time. Craft: Children color picture. Help them match the shapes and glue on the fabric pieces. Use the Extra Extra color illustration for classroom decoration.

Nativity Craft page
Fabric patterns or Printable Fabric Shapes
Scissors (adult only)
Crayons, Nontoxic markers
Fabric: (if not using Printable Fabric Shapes)
Fabric that looks like lamb fur or cotton
Cow print fabric
1/2" Loopy or fringe trim
 

Toddler Version Touch n' Feel Nativity Craft - Prep: Print and make black and white copies of Nativity craft page. Print Printable Fabric Shapes on color printer, and make color copies (Star picture is used in Week 4), or use Fabric Patterns to trace and cut the shapes out of different colors of construction paper, or printed paper. Place each set of shapes in envelopes to shorten craft time. Craft: Children color picture. Help them match shapes to picture, and glue on shapes.

Flannel or polar fleece (for blanket)
Shiny wrapping paper (Do NOT use foil, as it can cut).
Glue
 
Lift-the-Flap Inn craft: Prep: Print both craft pages. Cut apart men. Craft: Children color man and inn. Cut around three sides of door, but not left side. Fold on left vertical line of door. Glue that page to plain sheet of white paper, except not on area behind door. Glue man on background page so that you see him when you lift the flap. Write the words on the back of the door or on the top of the page: "There was no room at the inn". Inn color, Inn bw
Man color, man bw
White paper
Scissors (teacher only)
Glue sticks
Crayons/markers
Nativity Stickers craft: Prep: Print stickers onto Inkjet sticker paper. There are 2 sets on each craft page. (Print on regular paper if you are using restickable or regular gluesticks). Print stable onto regular paper. (You can have the children color their own stable by printing the b&w stable). Cut apart stickers. Craft: Children color the stable. Cover with contact paper (optional). Help them cut out stickers. Glue or stick onto stable. Sticker craft page
Stable color, Stable bw
Inkjet sticker paper or restickable glue stick or regular glue sticks
Scissors (teacher only)
Contact paper.

Lift-the-Flap Gift craft: (Not Pictured). Prep: Print craft pages. Craft: Children color gifts. Cut around the "box top" of each gift, but not across the very top where the bow is. That is the horizontal line that you will fold it on, in the middle of the bow from dot to dot.. Craft: Fold on left horizontal line of gifts. Glue craft page ton top of plain sheet of white paper, except not on area behind "box tops" of gifts.. Write the words, love, joy, and peace, on the background page underneath the flaps.

Gift Craft Page
Regular paper
Crayons/markers
Glue sticks
Scissors (teacher only)
Extra Printables:
Peace, Love, Joy bulletin board pictures Peace, Love, Joy coloring pages
Week 3 - The Gift of Peace (Shepherds)
Pop-Up Angel Shepherd Craft (Toddler or Preschool)- Prep: Print craft page and make copies. Craft: Children color craft page. Cut around bottom of angel on solid line. Fold like a card in half vertically on dashed line, lifting angel up and folding on diagonal dashed line. Glue entire page to a white sheet of paper, every place except under the angel. Pop-up Craft Page
White paper
Crayons/markers
Scissors (teacher only)
Glue sticks
Angel with 3-D Sleeves (Toddler or Preschool) - Prep: Print angel craft page and make copies. Craft: Children color all angel parts. Help children cut out angel parts. Bring top line of sleeve down to meet bottom of sleeve and tape in place under arm, so that it has an open space like a real sleeve. Glue on halo and wings. You may also fold wings so that they stick out from the back, stapling on vertical fold line only. Angel Craft page
Scissors (teacher only)
Glue stick
Scotch TM tape
Stapler/staples
You will need Adobe Reader for the new crafts. Its already installed on most computers. If you need the free download, go to the Adobe website. I think you will find it a much better printing experience.
Baby Jesus Snack Bag craft sample
Baby Jesus Gift Bag Craft (Toddler or Preschool) - Note: You can use this craft as a gift that the children make for someone else, or a craft they make to put a gift from you inside. Prep: Print Baby Jesus Craft page and make copies (2 per child). Cut paper bags to match picture shape, including half-circle shape. Cut off sides of bags to be flush with bottom of handle. Craft: Children color pictures. Teacher cuts out pictures including half circle shape at top. Help children glue their pictures onto bag, one on each side. Optional: Help children place snack into plastic sealable bags. Help child write name on gift tag and stick on bag.
Baby Jesus craft page
Scissors (teacher only)
Brown lunch bags (standard size)
Crayons
Glue sticks
Optional:
Snack (that's not a choking hazard)
Plastic sealable bags
Gift tags
You will need Adobe Reader for the new crafts. Its already installed on most computers. If you need the free download, go to the Adobe website. I think you will find it a much better printing experience.
Baby Jesus Carry Case craft sample
Baby Jesus Manger Carry Case Craft (Preschool craft, as small pieces are a choking hazard). Prep: Print craft page and make copies (1 craft page per 3 children). Cut paper bags: Pull down upper part of bottom of bag to cut out half circle shape; cut horizontally along the crease that is about 3" up from the bottom, around sides and top to make 1" handles - Total sample craft bag is 7-1/2" high). Cut apart pictures groups. Cut 5" X 5" squares of fabric. Craft: Children color pictures. Teacher cuts out pictures. Help children write message on outside of bag and fill bag with paper shred. Show children how to wrap baby in blanket and place in manger. Children glue handles together, and glue star on top of handle.
Baby Jesus Carry Case
Scissors (teacher only)
Brown lunch bags (standard size)
Yellow paper shred
Polar fleece/soft fabric
Glue sticks
Crayons
Another craft idea: Color picture of 3 angels (above) and add glitter or glitter glue to angels!
Week 4 - God's Gift of Himself
Kings Bring Gifts Stand-Up Scene Kings Bring Gifts Stand-Up Scene - Prep: Print craft pages. Make copies onto light weight card stock or heavy paper. (You can use regular paper, but it will be a little flimsy and hard to stand). Teacher cuts along solid lines around the two gifts that are by the fold lines. (See photo). Craft: Children color craft pages. Help children fold on dashed lines so that the kings are coming forward and the picture of Mary and Jesus is in the background. Place glue on the area of craft page 2 on the edge by the dotted line. Place Page 1 on top of the glue to cover the dotted line on Page 2. You can also use tape instead of glue. Kings craft page1
Kings craft page 2
Card stock (recommended)
Crayons or nontoxic markers
Scissors (for teacher only)
Clear tape or glue sticks
 

 

Sparkly Star Puppet - Option 1: Make pattern: Print and make copies of craft page onto card stock, and cut out. Glue Foil Paper or shiny wrapping paper onto lightweight cardboard. Place star pattern on shiny paper. Trace around star pattern. Cut out stars. Craft: Help children draw on face and tape on stick. If using stick on craft page, fold in half and tape closed. Option 2: Print black and white craft page. Make copies onto different colors of card stock. Cut out stars. Craft: Children tape on stick. If using stick on craft page, fold in half and tape closed. Option 3: Print color illustrated craft page on color printer. Make color copies. Cut out stars. Craft: Children tape on stick. If using stick on craft page, fold in half and tape closed. Glitter optional: Show children how to dot glue on stars. Place star in tray. Pour glitter over star. Reuse glitter by pouring glitter back into bottle, using funnel. Craft page
Craft page, color
Card stock (optional)
Foil paper or shiny wrapping paper (optional). Do not use aluminum foil, as it cuts.
Crayons or nontoxic markers
Scissors (for teacher only)
Jumbo Craft sticks or use stick pattern on craft page.
Fine tip black marker
Optional for Glitter:
Glitter
Glue sticks
Craft trays
Funnel
King/Camel 3D Craft - Prep: Print and make copies of craft page. Craft: Children color pictures except back. Cut out pictures for children. (Cut closely around king or on dashed line. Camel - Fold on dashed lines. Connect A on Camel piece, to A on Camel Back. (Printed side of back piece is on the outside). Tape at A and along top edge of Camel's back. King: Fold legs on dashed line. Tape or glue king character to legs, matching shape. (You will only be gluing a small area: bottom of coat and top of pants). King "rides" camel with one leg on each side. Tape King to secure to Camel. King/Camel Craft page
King craft purple
King craft blue
King craft gold
Crayons or non-toxic markers
Scissors (adult only)
Clear tape
Glue stick (optional)
Gifts Activity: Follow Directions on Week 2 for Lift-the-flap Gift Craft to use with Circle Time Activity.
Merry Christmas!

click here to see the new Nativity Fun Pack - stand up Bible characters - fun Christmas craft for kids