Overview of Nativity Lessons for Preschoolers

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Lesson 1

The Angel Visits Mary and Joseph

Lesson 2

Baby Jesus is Born!

Lesson 3

The Shepherds Visit Baby Jesus

Lesson 4

Anna and Simeon

Lesson 5

The Kings (Wisemen) Visit Jesus)

Nativity Coloring Pages Make Your Own Nativity Scene Links to Nativity Crafts for Kids
Highlights of the Some of the New Nativity Crafts on Bible Kids Fun Zone:
New for 2-16! Fun Paper Bag Stable Nativity Craft for Kids! The Kings Visit Jesus - Updated Puppet Crafts and Visual Aid.
Paper bag stable Nativity craft for kids

Fun puppets and crafts for kids to make - The wisemen visit Jesus.

Kids get to make their own little Nativity scene craft with a paper lunch bag. They just color the characters and a couple animals, cut them out, glue on the stable roof and add some "straw" (paper shred or strips of construction paper or tissue paper). They can open and close the doors when they tell the story of Jesus' birth.

Fun puppets and crafts for kids to make - The wisemen visit Jesus. Bible Kids Fun Zone makes it easy for you to tell the story with these Nativity Bible character standups / puppets. Toddler Jesus is only seen from the back. You insert the king's gifts in the slits under their hands. Pull them out when they give the gifts to Jesus.

Nativity Sunday school lessons for preschoolers with lots of fun activities and crafts!

New updated lessons, with new or updated pictures, activities and crafts. New for 2016: Nativity Puppets for all five lessons, a fun paper bag stable craft for the kids to make, new coloring pages and 1-2 puzzles for each to use as a warm-up activity. There are also very short, quick skits for the kids to act out the stories for three of the lessons. The puppets also stand up so you can use them as visual aids to tell the Bible story/lesson. There are lots of fun Nativity crafts for you to choose from for each lesson.

Children ages 4-5 may want to make the whole Nativity Set (Mary puppet, Joseph puppet, Angel puppet, 3D Manger Craft with Baby Jesus and Animals that stand up). For young children, you could just use one of the several craft options for each lesson. Bible Kids Fun Zone has four Nativity lessons in this series. Each lesson focuses on one gift that God gives us as it tells part of the story of Jesus' birth. There are at least three crafts included per week (usually more). Some can be used as visual aids for the bible story, and for children's crafts as well. All of them are easy enough for preschoolers except the free box stable craft for you to make at home (since it requires cutting a cardboard box). It's just optional, not needed for the lessons.

We offer lots of easy fun Nativity crafts and activities for preschoolers to make the bible story of Jesus' birth memorable and fun! These Nativity crafts are designed with young children in mind. They are easy for children to make themselves with little supervision. And best of all - these Nativity activities reinforce the real meaning of Christmas!

There are 3D stand-up Nativity crafts, pop-up Nativity crafts, tactile touch-n-feel Nativity crafts, Nativity coloring pages. There is more than one craft for each Nativity bible lesson for you to choose from: Mary and Joseph crafts, Angel crafts, Baby Jesus manger crafts, Wisemen crafts, or Shepherd crafts.

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Week 1 Overview of Lesson, Crafts and Activities - The Angel Visits Mary and Joseph

Mary was Told She'd Have a Baby Boy, She Was Given God's Gift of Joy!

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This lesson is simple, yet has important concepts for the children: God takes notice of each of us; God is especially kind to those who trust in him; Those who trust and follow God receive joy. The lesson crafts double as Nativity Puppets that you can use to tell this part of the bible story of the time before Jesus' birth. See details below.

Week 1 Lesson - Free

Week 1 Activities - Free Week 1 Crafts - Some are free

 

This lesson is based on Luke 1:26-56. The key verse is Luke 1:50. The verses used for reference in writing the lesson were: Psalm 5:11-12 and 1 Peter 1:8-9. This lesson provides an idea for a warm-up activity, an introduction to help children relate to the story, the Bible story packed with activities, a Talk Time and Prayer Time. Also provided are color-illustrated pictures that can be used to decorate your bulletin boards: Gifts (that relate to the lesson concepts), and a picture of Mary and Joseph. If you like 3D bulletin boards, you could even staple the Nativity puppets to your bulletin board.

 

Children are made to feel welcome with the optional Warm-up activity. The Pretend Play activities include: Building with Joseph, flapping your wings like the angel, and going on a trip with Mary (to see Elizabeth). There is an action rhyme that children can participate in as they do the hand motions, as well as a a short skit for this part of the pre-Nativity story, a fun game and a group activity. See more details in the Lesson Snapshot. As with every lesson, there are snack ideas and a simple prayer example.

 

There are three puppets that you use as children's crafts: Mary, Joseph, and the Angel, as well as a separate stand-up angel (the one that looks like a child). There is also a Gift Sticker Craft - Children lift up the sticker made with repositionable glue sticks to see what the gift is that God gives us. You could also opt for a neat little Gift Booklet Craft that kids can flip through to help them remember the concepts of the lessons.

Get the free download of the Christmas Gifts craft and game in black-and-white on the Nativity Fun Pack page where you can also download the first two Nativity lessons with the activities, craft pages, coloring pages and instructions.

Gifts from God booklet craft - inside page. Gifts from God booklet craft - front cover.

Gifts from God booklet craft - inside page. These concepts are explained in the lesson Talk Time.

Gifts from God booklet craft - front cover.

Game Cards and Booklet Craft for lesson concepts: Gifts that God gives us. Craft page in color of the gifts that God gives us.

Game Cards and Booklet Craft for lesson concepts: Gifts that God gives us.

Gfit sticker craft for preschool Nativity lessons. Use restickable glue on the back. Lift to see the gifts that God gives us: Joy, love, peace, light and ?.

Craft page with the pictures and words in color of the gifts that God gives us. The lesson comes with both black-and-white pictures and color-illustrated pictures.

The Nativity figures below are figures that stand up so you can use them with your Nativity Scene. They are also puppets! The angel's arms are bendable. No tp rolls to collect! Just make copies of the craft pages for children to color and tape together. See Instructions for a quick, easy way to make a stable out of a cardboard box.

Game Cards and Booklet Craft for lesson concepts: Gifts that God gives us.

Gifts that are made into stickers and placed on top of the pictures on page 2 (right).

Craft page in color of the gifts that God gives us. Children peek under the gifts to see what the gifts are for this fun easy Nativity craft.

Angel paper puppet craft for kids. Joseph paper puppet Nativity craft for children. Mary Nativity puppet Nativity craft for kids.

Angel paper puppet craft for kids.

Joseph paper puppet Nativity craft for children.

Mary paper puppet Nativity craft for kids.

Angel puppet craft in black-and-white. Joseph bible character for children's Nativity set craft. Mary bible character for children's Nativity set craft.

Angel puppet craft in black-and-white for kids to color. Then they just roll it up, tape it in back and fold feet up.

Joseph bible character for children's Nativity set craft for kids to color and tape together.
Mary bible character for children's Nativity set craft for children to color and tape.
Mary Nativity character craft and puppet. in color Joseph Nativity Puppet craft page in color. Angel puppet craft in color.
Mary Nativity character craft and puppet. Just cut out and tape together to use to tell the Nativity story.
Joseph Nativity Puppet craft page in color.
Angel puppet craft in color. See wings and halo below, that go with this craft.
Angel puzzle in color. Use for children's classroom warm-up activity. Angel puzzle craft for kids to make. Mary and Joseph coloing page
Kid-friendly Angel puzzle in color. Use for children's classroom warm-up activity. Make some of these up ahead of time to keep kids busy as they arrive.
Angel puzzle craft for kids to make. Kids color the picture. Cut apart pieces for children and keep in an envelope as a fun take-home activity.
Mary and Joseph coloing page
View the Nativity craft instructionsa and download the free crafts from the Nativity Fun Pack page.

These craft pages also come in black and white. Get the free Gift craft printables.

See more Nativity Puppets below: Shepherds , Anna and Simeon, and Kings (Wisemen).

Cone Coffee Filter Angel Craft - This angel craft is easy for children! Children just color and glue the parts together. You can use a cone-style coffee filter glued to the front of the dress, or just use it as it comes flat.

Nativity Lesson 2 - Baby Jesus is Born - With Activities and Crafts for Preschoolers

The Nativity lesson for Week 2, Jesus was Born - God's Gift of Love! He was God's Son, Sent From Above! . You can make the Box Stable, or skip it and just use the Nativity Puppets or pictures. The pictures come in both black and white and color. Use them with the lesson or for children's Nativity crafts and coloring pages.

Lesson Snapshot: Nativity Activities for Week 2 Lesson: Crafts for Week 2 Lesson:

 

The lesson is based on Luke 2:6-7 and Matthew 1:18-25. The main concepts of the lesson: God gave us his own Son Jesus - a gift of love. God sent us Jesus because he loved us so much. Jesus showed us God's love perfectly! There is a warm-up activity to help children feel comfortable as they arrive. For the lesson, it is recommended that you use the Nativity Puppets to tell the story. There are lots of activities that keep up children's interest and help them participate in their learning. There are rhymes with hand motions, a share time when children can talk about the story, and a prayer example. See Activities section to see more options.

 

This lesson shows children up close how they wrapped babies in swaddling cloths in Bible Times and has lots of pretend play activities: Children pretend to be with Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem; they pretend to be the animals in the stable; and after the lesson they can act out short parts of the lesson using the Nativity Puppets or dress up and be the characters themselves. There are three action rhymes for this lesson.

 

This week you add the Baby Jesus Manger Craft and Stand-up Animals to the Puppets from Week 1. There is also a Nativity Sticker Set. Use restickable glue to make repositionable stickers. A very popular craft is the Touch-n-Feel Baby Jesus Craft. Children enjoy feeling the different textures of baby Jesus' blanket, the lamb, and the smoth shiny star. There are two extra coloring pages: Nativity scene, and an up-close picture of Baby Jesus with the Animals.

New Touch-n-Feel Nativity Craft for Preschool and Kindergarten Children on Bible Kids Fun Zone! and the resources in all of the themes on Bible Kids Fun Zone. Children love to feel different textures. Create a fun memory in children with this fun, easy tactile Nativity craft that children can touch and feel for themselves.

Touch n Feel Nativity craft for kids with baby Jesus and the animals in the stable. Completed sample of the Touch n Feel Nativity craft for kids with baby Jesus and the animals in the stable. Printable picture of photographs of textures that children match and glue shapes onto Nativity picture.
Touch n Feel Nativity craft for kids with baby Jesus and the animals in the stable.
Completed sample of the Touch n Feel Nativity craft for kids with baby Jesus and the animals in the stable.

Printable pictures of textures for those who don't have fabrics. Children just match and paste shapes onto Nativity picture of baby Jesus in manger by matching shapes.

Sample of Sparkly Star craft sample Mary and Joseph coloring page.

Mary and Joseph printable Nativity bible story picture

Sparkly Star Craft sample. Children use the star to "lead the kings" to act out the Bible story.

Mary and Joseph coloring page.

Mary and Joseph printable Nativity bible story picture

Coloring page of baby Jesus in his manger close-up Nativity coloring page of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in the stable. Baby Jesus in manger visual aid and craft

Coloring page of baby Jesus in his manger close-up

Nativity coloring page of Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in the stable.

Baby Jesus in manger visual aid and craft

You can use real textures for this craft with ages 3 and up: Fleecy fabric for the lamb's wool, yarn for the horses' mane, shiny wapping paper or foil craft paper for the star, and fuzzy polar fleece for Baby Jesus' blanket.

For saftey with toddlers, just used the photos of textures and let children glue those on, or use the Shapes Patterns to cut the shapes out of different colors of patterns of paper (ie., stiped baby blanket, cow animal print, etc.).

 

How to Make a Nativity Set for Children:

Bible Kids Fun Zone offers free instructions for how to make a stable out of a box using Wood grain texture craft page. Order the Nativity Fun Pack download for all of the crafts, activities and lessons (5) for young children's Sunday school crafts there are easy, quick Nativity crafts, Nativity Sticker Set made with restickable glue, or just make the Puppets with one of the Stand-up Animals. Children can then use these crafts and puppets to retell the Bible story of Jesus' birth. Week 1 and Week 2 Lesson includes a short skit.

Nativity set craft for children to make - Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, manger and the animals.

Free craft page (Wood beams in color) for stable Animal crafts for the stable Nativity scene fo kids to make

Nativity set craft for children to make - Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, manger and the animals.

Craft page of Wood beams in color) to make a stable out of a box for your Nativity characters.

Stand-up Animals, color-illustrated - Craft for Nativity set for children. Cut, fold and put in stable. Glue star on top of stable or make into a puppet using a craft stick.

 

Nativity Lesson 3 for Preschoolers: The Shepherds Visit Baby Jesus

Fun new Nativity Crafts on Bible Kids Fun Zone - designed for young children! Bible Kids Fun Zone order page.

Shepherd boy craft for children to make Little shepherd boy craft for kids to make Sheep Stand-up Craft for Nativity Set Coloring page of the Gift of Peace.
Shepherd puppets Nativity craft - A young shepherd boy holding a lamb (insert under hands) and another shepherd holding a staff. Use the Sheep Standups to complete the Shepherds Nativity Scene. See other Nativity characters for the Nativity scene for kids to make above. These Shepherd puppets also stand up to set in their Nativity Set. Kids just color and tape together, fold up the feet. Glue on the staff. There are also little lambs to add to the Nativity scene.

Sheep Stand-up Craft for Nativity Set for children to make. Cut the craft out for children, then children just color and fold back the tabs to add to the Nativity Set by the Shepherd Puppets. Easy, fun Nativity craft for preschoolers.

Coloring page of the Gift of Peace - the gift of God that is explained in Lesson 3. The angel tells the shepherds how God is offering peace to people through his Son Jesus, who was born that day.

Thumbnails of Shepherd Puppet craft pages that come in both black-and-white and color

(in the pdf download for members for Lesson 3 (The Shepherds Visit Baby Jesus):

Black and white craft -Shepherd Boy. Color-illustrated craft - Shepherd Boy holding sheep. Color illustrated craft page to use as a visual aid for little shepherd boy holding staff. Black-and-white craft page for little shepherd boy holding staff.

Black and white craft -Shepherd 1 - Shepherd Boy holding lamb. Sheep is inserted in slit above hands. See sheep to insert below.

Color-illustrated craft - Shepherd 1 - Shepherd Boy holding sheep. Cut slit above hands and insert sheep. See Sheep below.

Black-and-white craft page for Shepherd 2 holding staff. Kids color and tape in back, fold up feet. Fold up arms, glue on shirt and staff.

Color-illustrated craft - Shepherd 2 holding staff. See Front of shirt with fold-up arms and staff for this craft below.

Thumbnails of Craft Pages: Sheep Standups: Coloring Pages for Week 3 Nativity Lessons: Angel, Nativity Scene with Shepherd:
Coloring sheet of the shepherds watching over their sheep. Coloring sheet of Mary by baby Jesus in the manger and a shepherd boy, and two clueless sheep. Little shepherd boy coloring page The original sheep stand-ups have been updated and added to the Nativity download for Nativity Lesson 3.

Coloring sheet of the shepherds watching over their sheep.

Coloring sheet of Mary by baby Jesus in the manger and a shepherd boy, and two clueless sheep.

Little shepherd boy with his sheep coloring page.

The original sheep stand-ups have been updated and added to the Nativity download for Nativity Lesson 3. Kids just color and fold back the tabs.

The black-and-white coloring pages and color-illustrated pictures below of the multi-cultural children can be used as a visual aid for the Gift of Peace lesson (Nativity story about the shepherds visiting baby Jesus). The angel speaks of the birth of the Son of God who comes to bring peace to people. During Talk Time, the salvation message is given to children in a simple way that tells about sin (as you make marks on the children's hearts and sad faces on the children). Then erase marks and put happy faces on the children to explain Jesus' forgiveness: the gift of peace. Use both pictures of multi-cultural children or just one, whichever fits your class. These resources will help children begin to understand God's forgiveness and the gift of peace that Jesus offers.

Visual Aid of African child and Asian child for the Nativity lesson about the shepherds - God's gift of peace. Coloring page to use with Talk Time of African child and Asian child. Color-illustrated picture of Hispanic child and Indian child. Use both pictures of multi-cultural children or just one, whichever fits your class. Coloring page and picture to use as Visual Aid for Talk Time with Hispanic child and Indian child.

Visual Aid of African child and Asian child for the Nativity lesson about the shepherds - God's gift of peace. The lesson will tell you how to use these Visual Aids.

Coloring page for Talk Time of African child and Asian child. You'll be putting happy or sad faces on the children as you explain the concepts.

Color-illustrated picture of Hispanic child and Indian child. You draw happy or sad faces on the children as you go through Talk Time.

Coloring page and picture to use as Visual Aid for Talk Time with Hispanic child and Indian child. Choose the picture you think your children will best relate to.

Nativity Lesson 4 For Preschoolers: Anna and Simeon (The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple)
Anna and Simeon craft for children Anna and Simeon Touch-n-Feel craft for children - Completed sample made with fabric. Simeon with Baby Jesus craft for kids Stand-up Simeon Bible character craft for children

Anna and Simeon craft for children. Kids glue fabric hats on Anna and Simeon, and insert baby Jesus behind either character's hands.

Anna and Simeon Touch-n-Feel craft for children - Completed sample made with fabric.

Simeon with Baby Jesus craft for kids

Stand-up Simeon Bible character craft for children

Anna Simeon puzzle craft for kids Simeon puppet craft for kids to color and tape. Lightbulb visual aid for children's Anna/Simeon lesson. Coloring page of the gift of light - lesson concept.

Anna Simeon puzzle craft for kids

Simeon puppet craft for kids to color and tape.

Lightbulb visual aid for children's Anna/Simeon lesson.

Coloring page of the gift of light - lesson concept.

Color-illustrated Anna puppet craft page. Craft page in black and white for Anna stand-up craft and puppet. Anna Holding Baby Jesus craft sample Anna and Simeon poster to use as a visual aid to tell the Bible story.

Color-illustrated Anna puppet craft page. These crafts also come in black and white for kids to color.

Craft page in black and white for Anna stand-up craft and puppet.

Anna Holding Baby Jesus craft sample

Anna and Simeon poster to use as a visual aid to tell the Bible story.

Picture to use as visual aid for lesson: Little boy kneeling by cross. Coloring page of little boy kneeling at the cross. Bible story picture for preschoolers: Child kneeling by a cross with a heart in the middle. Coloring sheet of a little girl kneeling at the cross: Jesus, you died for me. Please show me how to live for you.

Picture to use as visual aid for lesson: Little boy kneeling by cross.

Coloring page of little boy kneeling at the cross.

Bible story picture for preschoolers: Child kneeling by a cross with a heart in the middle.

Coloring sheet of a little girl kneeling at the cross: Jesus, you died for me. Please show me how to live for you.

Nativity Lesson 5 for Preschoolers: The Kings (Wisemen) Visit Baby Jesus

This lesson gives the children the events of the story step by step with lots of activities for them to participate in that will make it a Christmas for them to remember. Children use the King (Wisemen) Puppets to "help" you tell the true Bible story. They "walk" the King puppets to Baby Jesus, pretend to ride the bumpy camels and give gifts to Baby Jesus.

As with all of our Sunday school lessons, children can also participate in the rhyme with hand motions and make some fun paper crafts. The crafts for this lesson include super easy crafts like Sparkly Star Craft or the Stand-up Nativity Scene of the Kings bringing gifts to Baby Jesus.

Wisemen Crafts For Kids
The three kings visit baby Jesus craft for childen to make. Three kings craft for kids. Three kings puzzle fo kids to color and make. Sparkly Christmas Star puppet craft page in color

The three kings visit baby Jesus craft for childen to make.

Three kings craft for kids.

Black and white craft page for children to color of Candy Kings Craft.

See Sparkly Star Puppet craft page for Lesson 4 about the three wisemen/kings coming to visit Jesus.

Easy Three kings craft for kids to make

King 2 puppet craft for children to make.

Three wisemen visual aid and craft for kids.

 

Three kings visual aid and craft for children.

Easy Three kings craft for kids to make

King 2 puppet craft for children to make.

Three wisemen visual aid and craft for kids.

Three kings visual aid and craft for children.

Fun color and fold Nativity craft for bible story of the three wisemen Black and white craft page to color of Printable Christmas craft for kids - Three Wisemen riding camel The Three Kings Craft comes in three different colros. Use color illustrated craft page for teacher's craft

Fun color and fold Nativity craft for bible story of the three wisemen for preschool children. Printable craft page for 3 Kings Kings craft. Kings really "sits" on standing camel.

Black and white craft page to color of Printable Christmas craft for kids - Three Wisemen riding camel.

This Christmas craft for children comes in black and white and three different kings in color.

Use color illustrated craft page for teacher's craft to use with Sunday school lesson. Use black and white craft page for children's craft.

Trinity visual aid for preschoolers using a cupcake.

Trinity visual aid for preschoolers using a cupcake.

These photos show the printables that you can use to teach children the concept of the Trinity in a very easy way:

The children count the three parts of the cupcake with you, then you lay the 1 cupcake over it. Then they count the three persons in the Trinity: God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Then you lay the sticker over it that says One God. No, it may not totally gel for preschoolers, but it will help them begin to understand.

The pictures come in black and white that you can use as a craft for children for this lesson or any time you teach the concept; or print the pictures in color to have a quick way to show children the concepts of the Trinity. Make your cupcake and Trinity stickers by using restickable glue or repositionable glue on the back of the three parts.

Nativity Coloring Pages

Each of the five lessons in the Nativity Series has multiple coloring pages and craft pages that kids can color. Start at the top and scroll down the whole page to see them all.

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Links For the Bible Story of Jesus' Birth and Nativity Activities for Preschoolers:

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Links to Nativity Crafts and activities for kids on our Sister Sites

Sunday School Fun Zone Faith Builders has new Nativity crafts and Sunday school lessons for toddlers and preschoolers

Sunday School Fun zone Bible Basics has lots of Nativity Christmas crafts for kids, Sunday school lessons and printable Nativity coloring sheets
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