At the end of this first week of Storybook Advent, I wanted to share with you, even more, ideas for activities and crafts for The Nativity Story. I don’t know about you but I love Christmas however, I still want my children to understand where their celebration comes from so The Nativity Story is an important part of our reading at this time of the year and why I focused on that first for the Storybook Advent Series. Next week though I share one of my favourite books with you.
Nativity Story Crafts
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As the three wise men travelled to Bethlehem they followed a star, we have an Advent Window Star which would be perfect to decorate a window above a Nativity Set or just for the holidays.
Create a Wreath of the Characters of the Nativity Story – this wreath kit from Baker Ross is no longer available but you could make it with Nativity Foam Stickers or even cut your own characters using our Felt Templates from Craft Foam to make.
Using Tracing Paper and some pictures of the Nativity Story create your own stained glass lantern depicting the Nativity Story.
Make your own Nativity Set with Felt puppets – this was such a fun thing to do and although the set I used back in 2012 is no longer available I found this Nativity Finger Puppet template and instructions that you could use to create your own one.
Peg Dolls are one of T’s favourite ways to craft at the moment and this Peg Doll Angel was her vision of how the Angel Gabrielle should look from the Nativity Story.
Create these really Simple Nativity Tree Decorations with your Kids. We all love the simplicity of them and the kids are making a couple more to give to friends and family as gifts this year to put on their own trees.
Create a Textured Art Nativity Scene which even toddlers can help make – I love the stable part of it what about you?
Nativity Inspired Activities for Kids
Sequence and retell the Nativity Story – these used a stencil I had from my teaching days but you could trace images similar to the Nativity Lanterns to use.
This is part craft and part activity – aren’t those some of the best crafts and will help with your child’s comprehension of the story. Create your own Feltboard Nativity Set and then use it to tell the story of the Nativity – I’ve created one here and will be using it as an interactive wall hanging for the kids.
Another craft and activity mix download and print the Nativity Shadow Puppets and have your children create their own Nativity Puppet Show. Wouldn’t this be great to do on Christmas Eve with friends and family invited over?
Another Three Kings inspired post – this homemade playdough smells AMAZING and features the three gifts that the Magi brought to baby Jesus – Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.
Make and play with these Nativity Story Stones. You don’t have to be a fantastic artist to create them at all. But they look great and you can use them over and over again.
Out Now! – Countdown to Christmas Ebook
When life gets hectic in the lead up to Christmas wouldn’t it be great to be able to spend a little time with the family creating gifts for others, food to enjoy together and traditions that make magical Christmas Memories?
But what actually happens is you spend hours searching through Pinterest looking for ideas and realise halfway through saying you are going to start that you have only 1 thing on the materials list!
I’ve been there!
So that is why we’ve put together our 24 favourite Christmas Activities, Crafts and Recipes with full materials lists and step-by-step instructions so that you have everything at your fingertips.
Produced as a PDF you can download, print and use these ideas throughout the festive season with your children and families.
Find out more as we share with your our Favourite Ways to Countdown to Christmas.
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For older children, The Nativity by Ruth Sanderson is a beautiful book to keep and although it does skip out some of the less nice aspects from the bible it stays very true.
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