It’s finally time to take out our Christmas books again. I like to pack them away after Christmas and then keep them hidden until the following December. This helps to keep them fresh and exciting every year.

Textured Art Nativity Project for kids - based on the Nativity Story create this sensory art project

My kids are growing up fast now, but they still love our copy of the Usbourne’s Touchy-feely Nativity Board Book. A simple adaptation of the traditional Nativity for young readers, complete with pages filled with different textures to touch and feel, as you read along together. My daughter loves it now that her big brothers can read it to her as well.

Our love for this book and all things recycling provided the perfect inspiration for a recent art project at home. Our Nativity Texture Art project uses lots of different textures, just like in the book.

We love to incorporate junk materials in our projects over here at Crafty Kids at Home and this activity is filled with some of our favourites. We can’t do a junk art project without our favourite bubble wrap. We also have an excess of felt scraps right now, as the kids are learning to sew Christmas decorations this year.  

Supplies

Black paper

Bubble wrap

Brown, blue and yellow felt

Lolly sticks

Feathers

Pipe-cleaner

Fabric Star

Star stickers

How to make Nativity Texture Art

Textured Art Nativity Project for kids - based on the Nativity Story create this sensory art project

We began by gluing around the edges of a sheet of bubble wrap and attaching it to the sheet of brown felt.

Next we laid out the lolly sticks to make a stable shape and then glued them down.

We made a comfy bed for baby Jesus out of yellow feathers and a crib using a white pipe-cleaner.

Baby Jesus was then crafted from some yellow and blue felt scraps.

I found a packet of shiny fabric stars at the bottom of our Making Box and we attached one to the top of the stable. You could also cut one from yellow felt.

Textured Art Nativity Project for kids - based on the Nativity Story create this sensory art project

Finally we glued the stable down onto a sheet of paper and added a few gold star stickers in the night sky.

We can’t wait to add this to our Christmas art display at home. This design would also work great on the front of a Christmas card.

Textured Art Nativity Project for kids - based on the Nativity Story create this sensory art project

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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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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