We love Nativity Crafts and Activities here on Rainy Day Mum. Since our first year of Storybook Advent it’s one of the books that we have returned to time and time again. This simple and cute Nativity Ornament Craft for Kids is great to do with your school-age kids and help and supervise your younger kids to do. So here we go. Don’t forget to scroll down and discover more ideas to connect with this Christmas book below.
Christmas Crafts with Books
One of our favourite times of the year to get creating with books is at Christmas. There are so many fantastic Christmas Stories for kids.
But the book that I started to read with my kids before any others at Christmas was the story of the very first Christmas The Nativity Story.
Over the year’s we’ve used that book to create crafts and activities for our kids and your kids to enjoy and this year we’re featuring it as one of the 4 books during our Christmas Storybook Advent.
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The Nativity Story
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There are so many different versions of the Nativity story for kids and it really is a personal preference which version you prefer.
We have recommended versions to read with your toddlers and preschoolers before, fun lift the flap books and touch and feel. However, as our kids have got older one version that we have particularly liked is The Christmas Story by Jane Werner Watson
This version of the story from the 1950s has beautiful illustrations and although does simplify the story from the New Testament it does stay fairly true to the bible story.
We’ve used it time and time again reading it with the kids before setting up our Nativity set to remind them why we are celebrating Christmas as well as inspiration for Christmas Crafts with the kids.
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Nativity Ornament Craft for Kids
This simple nativity decoration for the Christmas tree uses craft sticks and yarn.
It’s a reasonably quick make with kids but that does depend on how quick they can wind the yarn around the craft sticks to create the characters and star.
You’ll find some more ideas below for some Nativity Story Crafts to do with your kids.
Nativity Ornament for Kids to Make
- Hot Glue Gun
- Pair of Scissors
- With the 5 regular sized craft (lollipop) sticks hot glue them at the points to form a 5 point star.
- Attach the yellow yarn to the back of one of a point of the craft stick star.
- Wrap the star in yellow yarn, securing the end with some more hot glue.
- Take the jumbo craft sticks and measure a 9cm piece, cut with the scissors. This will be Joseph. Cut a Virgin Mary to 6cm and a Baby Jesus to 4cm.
- Take the smallest piece of (Baby Jesus) Craft stick and wrap it with the baby blue yarn to around 3/4s of the way up (this leaves space for the face). You may need to secure with hot glue at the start to help your child to wrap around easier.
- Secure at the back with hot glue to stop it unravelling
- Repeat with the middle-sized craft stick piece with white yarn, add a little piece of brown yarn for the hair. Again remember to leave space for the face to go on.
- Finally, wrap the longest piece of craft stick with the brown yarn and leave space to draw the face.
- Add eyes and smiles.
- Attach to the star with a generous amount of hot glue, holding until its cool.
- Then take some yellow yarn and create a loop to hang the ornament from the tree.
More Nativity Crafts to Make with & For Kids
Check out some of our other simple nativity crafts to make with and for kids.
- Nativity Story Stones – these easy to make story stones are ideal to make for kids and older kids could create their own sets.
- These Nativity Wooden Peg Ornaments are great and a fun class activity to sell or make just one for your home tree.
- Create a felt board to help your kids retell the story of the Nativity with our Nativity Felt Board Tutorial.
Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.