As a child we always had this fun tradition at Christmas time to do a puppet show with these amazing marionette puppets that my mom made for us. It was so much fun as children to tell the Christmas story with these puppets. I decided to do a variation of this tradition with my own children, but in a much simpler way. I created a set of Nativity Shadow Puppets that you can print, cut and and use to tell the nativity story with your family this holiday!

Create your own Nativity Shadow Puppets with this step by step guide with printable and instructions so that your children can retell The Christmas Story.

These nativity shadow puppets are beautifully detailed and will create a memorable experience for you and your family.

The set includes Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, an Angel, a Star, a Stable outline, wise men, shepherds, camels, sheep, a donkey, cows, palm trees, and wise men on camels.

Create your own Nativity Shadow Puppets with this step by step guide with printable and instructions so that your children can retell The Christmas Story.

You can use shadow puppets to tell the whole story straight from the Bible or, with your favorite picture book. We really love the book This is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten. It is simple and brief making it great for all ages!

Materials needed to create your own Nativity Shadow Puppet Show

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Scissors or craft knife

Coffee Stir Sticks, craft sticks or Bamboo sticks.

How to make your own Nativity Shadow Puppet Show

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To make the shadow Puppets, I printed them on card stock paper and cut them out- the cutting took some time, so enlist a few helpers!

For the sticks, I used coffee stir sticks, but bamboo skewers would also work great! I taped them onto the back of the cut-outs. You could make them more durable and long-lasting by laminating them, if you want.

For the display, I used a white sheet and pinned it in the doorway. We shined a light onto the back of the sheet and let the kids act out the nativity story.

Create your own Nativity Shadow Puppets with this step by step guide with printable and instructions so that your children can retell The Christmas Story.

They had so much fun taking turns holding the different people and animals in the story! There are a lot of different puppets, so if you do it at a family gathering there will be enough parts for everyone!

Create your own Nativity Shadow Puppets with this step by step guide with printable and instructions so that your children can retell The Christmas Story.

When we get together for the holidays there are a lot of kids and grandkids, so everyone wants something to hold.

This is a beautiful, simple and fun way to to tell the nativity story!

Create your own Nativity Shadow Puppets with this step by step guide with printable and instructions so that your children can retell The Christmas Story.

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.

More Nativity Ideas for you to Share with your Children


head-shotKaryn Tripp blogs at Teach Beside Me where she shares her journey of homeschooling her kids and ideas for educating creatively!

She is a former public school teacher and loves teaching in any capacity. She is also passionate about healthy living, books and crafts.

You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.


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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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