and Baby Jesus Craft
Christmas | The Nativity
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Ages: 3 to 6: Preschool and
kindergarten, VBS, Sunday school
The following set of activities are to engage children in celebrating Christmas. The craft focuses on the Nativity: the birth of Jesus Christ and His mother the Virgin Mary. The craft and activities can also be adapted to a Mother's Day and May is the Month of Mary theme
The printable craft is easy for the youngest children and it mostly incorporates easy shapes (circles and ovals). The eight point star can be replaced by a basic five-point star. A song, or a Children's Bible book reading relevant to this event is also a wonderful way for children to remember the meaning of the Nativity. Use the craft as an ornament or gift.
Note: If the activity is being presented as a theme of winter holidays around the world here is basic information to prepare a description and introduction > Christmas at Wikipedia.org
Activity 1 > Bible Activity - Read the Story of the Nativity
is bible text Luke
2: 1-20 from the Internation Children's Bible @ biblegateway.com Discuss at your discretion.
2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)
3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)
5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought
forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and
laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Suddenly a great
company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Activity 2 > Craft > Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus Craft - Ages 2.5+ (with
The craft is available in color or black line format to color and decorate. Print your choices in the materials column. Ideally, print on sturdy paper (card stock).
Assembling the craft:
1. Template #1 has a step by step process of assembly to help children to "read" illustrated directions. The templates also have dots to help align the templates as they are layered.
2. Basic Skills: Counting and Shapes
Practice counting the pieces and consider printing the numbers in the back of the template pieces in order of assembly (place face down). Ask children to identify the printed numbers and basic shapes (circles and ovals).
3. Coloring format suggestions: Discuss a color scheme for the black and white format with the children. Make a small color-by-the-number graph. This color scheme could match colors related to your country, province, state, heritage or holiday traditions.
Suggestion: The black and white format can also be traced unto craft paper, remnants of wrapping paper, wall paper, or foam sheets and then assembled. Glitter or sequins are also a nice touch.
Activity 3 > Art Appreciation > The Nativity
*This activity can be conducted before or after conducting the craft activity
The Nativity has been an inspiration to many artists. An image, such as a painting can be a wonderful way to bring the beauty and significance of a Biblical story. At the same time, we can introduce our children to great works art. Below are links to famous paintings depicting The Nativity. Share those you feel comfortable with, and explain that these are how famous painters (make sure to share their names) painted an image of what they imagined of the events the of the Nativity. These paintings are hundreds of years old and people around the world go to museums to admire their beauty and these paintings continue to tell the story of this important event.
**Duccio di Buoninsegna. Maestà: The Birth of Christ
**Lucas Cranach the Elder. The Birth of Christ
**Lorenzo Lotto. The Nativity
Activity 4 > Christmas Songs
Choose a song that relates to events of the Nativity. Sing together and record. Song links @ YouTube:
*What Child is This?
*Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem
*Away in the Manger
Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus Craft
Illustration only templates below
Black & White
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