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Nativity A Day

From now today until 23 December, I’ll be offering a FREE printable on either this blog or my printable creations blog. They will all be nativity themed, unless I come up with some brilliant idea that I just HAVE to do and share that day.  I’ll be creating them for a variety of ages/grades, so I’m hoping to have all the kids covered for nativity activities this CHRISTmas season.  So please, be sure to check back everyday for a new FREE nativity printable and if it’s not here, go to The Schoolhouse to find your FREEBIE for that day.  Remember, my plan is one a day,but sometimes life interferes with the best of intentions and you may not find them released at the same time each day!!

The first one is already posted and it’s a set of children’s nativity jigsaw puzzles.  So please, head on over to The Schoolhouse or click the button above to download your free set of nativity jigsaw puzzles now!!

Please note that I won’t post here everyday as a reminder to head over to my other blog.  If you don’t see it posted here, head on over there to get you latest FREEBIE!!








The information that is posted on this blog is general information purposes. It is not intended to substitute for curriculum or for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-2011. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.

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Recent Crafts and Lessons

I’m going to share a couple of my lessons, or the crafts that I did for my lessons in hopes that it might give you ideas to do with your own kids or class.

A couple weeks ago, we did a lesson on the Bible.  We discussed how it’s the written word of God, how many books it contains, the stories in it, that it contains the laws we’re to live by, and a couple other things.  Since they’re so young, we stick to very basic stuff.  For our craft, we did a stained glass window of a Bible with a cross.  To do this, we used a coloring book page from here.  There are a couple ways that you can use this image (These are just thumbnail size, so you’ll have to go to the site to download the coloring page.)…..

This is the version that we did by cutting out the gray areas.

This is an alternate version by cutting out the gray area.

To make this craft, cut out one of the 2 versions above.  Have the child color the picture in the areas that you are not going to cut out to make stained glass.  Cut large pieces of tissue paper in about 4 different colors.  Then help the child put glue just along the edge that was cut out on the back side of the image.  They can then lay the tissue paper over the opening.  Be sure that they overlap colors for other color effects and don’t leave any gaps between the pieces of tissue paper.  Let dry.  Once it’s dry, either laminate it or use clear contact paper to seal it.  Then, cut out the stained glass picture around the outside edge, punch a hole in the top and loop a string through.  It’s then ready to hang in any window!!

Our most recent lesson was Thanksgiving…..or giving thanks.  This year, I didn’t use the pilgrims or our Thanksgiving holiday.  I used the parable of The Ten Lepers.  I thought that “only 1 said thank you” was the perfect way for them to understand giving thanks.  They really grasped lesson and loved the craft project.  For the craft, I used the  from paper craft MSSS Crafts and Resources for Bible Stories

For this project, we had the kids color each of the nesting dolls (front only – paper craft) and cut them out.  Then we helped them glue them by the number tabs on a sheet that says Only 1 Said “Thank You”!! and it had a poem on it for the kids to recite with their parents.  To get my page with the poem that we mounted them to, go to this download.  Be sure to print it on cardstock for extra strength with the glue and how heavy it gets with all 10 nesting dolls for the paper craft.

That about covers it for now and gets you caught up with just a couple of my classes favorite projects.  I hope your kids enjoy as much as mine did!!  Please be sure to leave me a comment if you use these craft ideas or tell me how they turned out, and please, click the button below if you enjoy the projects that I share….thanks!!








The information that is posted on this blog is general information purposes. It is not intended to substitute for curriculum or for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-2011. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.

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Pumpkin Prayer

Halloween can present may problems and issues for many Christians.  Every year, there is the debate on whether to celebrate it or not.  For me, I like to teach my religion class to find the good points to it.  Halloween only needs to be as scary and “demonic” as people want it to be. 

Liz Curtis Higgs has a great book called The Pumpkin Patch Parable.  You can read about it by clicking the book cover below.

I used the basis of this book to create the craft that we did in religion class tonight.  The kids all colored in their pumpkin patches and the pattern pieces.  Then, they cut out all the pattern pieces.  As we read the poem together, the kids assembled their pumpkin patches.

Here’s a thumbnail view of what’s included in this craft project…..

My class had so much fun with this!!  This was a fairly simple craft for us to do with restricted time.  They love the coloring (we used markers).  And, they enjoy anything they get to cut and glue!!  They were all showing their parents as they got picked up, so I know it was a success for my little ones.

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So, Shine with the light of Jesus and enjoy the project….and Halloween!!  I always appreciate any comments or suggestions that you leave. It helps me to know that what I created is used or what I do is like or not liked. Also, please click the button below to vote for my blog….thanks!!




The information that is posted on this blog is general information purposes. It is not intended to substitute for curriculum or for obtaining advice from your principal, church or DRE. It is for informational and educational purposes only. All activities, games, information, etc. on this blog are free. However they are ONLY to be used for classroom and personal use. They may NOT be published on any websites/blogs or other electronic media, distributed in any manner, uploaded to any file sharing service/storage, or sold for profit. If you know someone who would benefit from these materials, please refer them to this blog. Do NOT share the materials that you download with them. Copyright © 2008-2011. All rights reserved, unless otherwise noted.

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Church and Mass With the Boys

As many of you may know, my religion class this year is almost all boys. There’s 9 boys and 4 girls (if they all show up for class.)  This is a first for me, so I’ve had to change my whole teaching strategy.  These boys always have to be doing something and entertained for the whole class.  Coloring and writing isn’t enough!!  I’ve always engaged the kids in games and activities, but it has to be non-stop this year.

Tonight’s lesson was about church and mass.  We started class by reviewing previous week’s lessons and then moved onto our new lesson.  We went over our church family.  Then, we discussed items and people inside the church.  I showed them lots of pictures of things that they’d see in the church and during mass.  I gave them a worksheet here  to see how much they remembered about what we’d just discussed.  I must say that they did very well.  Also, the cards that I used to show the items are very similar to the ones on this same page, but they’re ones that I made quite some time ago.

We moved onto our craft of the matching pieces church.  This took up over 30 minutes alone by the time they cut all the pieces out.  Then they came over to Mr H or me and we supervised the glue!!  The faint lines didn’t show up on the church when I copied them, which was good.  The students got to arrange things a little more to their choosing, although almost everyone was the same as the project indicated.  They’re so proud that next week, their churches will be displayed on the hall wall in the main school building!!  On a side note, if you haven’t checked out MSSS Crafts and Resources for Bible Stories site, I suggest you do.  They have tons of great stuff!!

We worked right up until the end of class and finished with prayer.  We’re starting on the Hail Mary, but a couple already know it, which is impressive.  They all left with this as homework and telling their parents all about their churches!!

How’s your religion classes going so far this school year??  What are you working on??  Please leave a comment and if you enjoyed this post, please click the button below my signature to vote for my blog….thanks!!


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My Lent Calendar

After doing my post about Lent, I spent much of the day wondering and planning out making one for myself.  I wanted one that my religion class kids could do at home and return to me after Easter.  I also wanted one that would be of interest to my daughter.  That’s a huge age gap to cover to keep everyone happy!!  However, I think that I did it.

I made a “My Lent Calendar” that can serve many purposes.  It can be colored or marked off each day.  It can have stickers placed on it for each day as a reward or just to mark the day off.  Other special days that occur in the family can be included on the calendar if one chooses.  It’s very basic, but it has lots of possibilities!!

If you’re interested in “My Lent Calendar”, just click the thumbnail…..

Also, I’m working on a Lent worksheet that could be used along with or separately from the calendar.  Please come back to this post to see when it’s uploaded.  I’m working on it now, but it probably won’t be ready until sometime tomorrow.

If you use “My Lent Calendar” or any of the other printables that offer here, I’d appreciate if you’d leave a comment or vote for my blog.  You can vote by clicking one or all of the buttons below, as well as going to the “Rate My Blog” area in the right hand column.  Your comments and voting let me know that what I create is needed and used!!




Update 1: I just created “Almsgiving for Lent”.  It’s a chart to insert coins or use as a countdown to Easter chart.  It also includes an envelope to put the coins in on Easter Sunday to donate.  I’d also like to note that the chart itself should be printed on legal size (8.5″ x 14″) paper.  If you’re interested in this activity, just click here the thumbnail above and it’ll take you right to the folder to download!!

Update 2: I’ve created a “Merciful Cross” for sacrifices and works of mercy done during Lent.  I got this idea from Pondered in My Heart, but I tweaked it a bit to suit my needs.  This is what I’m sending home with my kids tonight after mass.  After discussions with them, they don’t always do the right things.  Although they know it, they don’t change their ways no matter how I talk to them, so this might be the incentive that they need.  I used 2 cross coloring pages that I found….simple and decorated, so there’s a choice in which to use.  The cross is decorated with flowers and butterflies for sacrifices and works of mercy during Lent.  One could also decorate the cross for each day of Lent and use it like a calendar.   If you’re interested in this project for your kids, just click here the thumbnail above to download it!!

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Lent Lessons: Ash Wednesday

I had to do my Ash Wednesday lesson last week.  The reason for that is because tomorrow, on Ash Wednesday, we’ll be in mass for class.  I like the kids to know ahead of time what it’s all about and what to expect at mass.  While I was planning my lesson last week, I came across some great materials that I’d like to share with you.  I’m going to start with the first lesson for Lent with Ash Wednesday.  Then, I’ll do one for Lent itself and then I’ll do one for Holy Week, and I’ll conclude with Easter.  So if you need lesson helps….stay tuned!!

There’s a Bible study lesson for Ash Wednesday.  You might also want to know that they have them for each cycle, in case you want to use them in the future.  You can find a great coloring page at CatholicMom.com and if you browse around, you’ll find more materials that can be used in class or at home.  There is also a spirit of Ash Wednesday coloring page to print out.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Ash Wednesday to enhance your lesson or give more information to the kids, go to Associated Content to find several related articles.  Find out What is Ash Wednesday? from About.com and get answers to some of your questions or questions from the kids.

There are a couple of great coloring pages, including separate ones for a girl or boy receiving their ashes.  You can find lots of great printables to use at home or in school too.  There’s no lack of coloring pages!!  You can find another here.

I can’t totally leave Lent out of this section though.  Since Ash Wednesday is the 1st day of Lent, you might be interested in some of these resources.  I found this great printable Lenten calendar for children.  The same blog has one other activity to start at the beginning of Lent for almsgiving.  You can also find some crafty Lent preparation ideas.  There’s also a fantastic Lenten path available to print in color or b/w.

One can find a Lenten Prayer Challenge or Lenten Activity Calendar for mission that could suit many purposes.  Finally, there’s no way to leave Laura off a list of resources!!

There really is so much out there for Lent if you look.  And when you do find something, they have so many possibilities if you don’t just look at the obvious.  One of my favorite searches was all the calendars for Lent.  They can be made in so many ways and of so many things.  So many great family and kid projects!!

What you find here is just a small portion of the resources available.  Unfortunately, it takes quite a bit of looking to find them.  Maybe this can be the year that we take a stand and make it “cool” to go to dinner with ashes on your forehead or sacrifice something that means the most (to them)…..like cell phones!!

More to come to make a great Lent season!!


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Getting My Sharing Caught Up

I have so many printables to get out to all of you. I do hope that there’s still time to use them, but then again, there’s always next year!!  Anyway, I’m going to take a break away from displaying my nativities to share some printables to use at home or school to keep the kids busy!!

I’m going to start with Letter of the Week.  The letter Ii still needed some Play-Doh mats.  Those are now done and can be found in the Letter Ii folder.  I don’t remember if I ever posted it, but the Play-Doh mats for the letter Hh are also done and can be found in the Letter Hh folder.  I think that about covers all of those.  Letter of the Week will resume after the holidays!!

First up are some very pretty Christmas strip puzzles.  These are for counting by 1, 2, and 5.  There are also 2 versions of each puzzle…..low ink and normal.  You can find these (very pretty) strip puzzles that nobody has seen here.

Next up is a set of snowflake clothespin cards.  The skills these cards work on are numbers, colors, and shapes.  Here, you will find this set of 3 clothespin cards and all the snowflakes that come with them!!

For those of you that are fans of Caillou, or have kids that are, this is the folder for you!!  It includes Caillou strip puzzles, and a set of 4-piece jigsaw puzzles.  Also, you’ll find a set of memory cards that include the storage box.

I know Hanukkah has already passed, but I did make a couple things for it.  There are some 2-part opposite cards using the Star of David for matching opposites.  There’s also some 3-part puzzle cards featuring a menorah for shapes in everyday life.  You can find both of them here.

If your kids still haven’t written their letter to Santa, you can find a Dear Santa letter that is ready to go!!  All the kids need to do is fill in a couple details, along with a space for parents, siblings, or pets….and get it in the mail!!

As part of the Christmas Around the World theme that I did with my group, I made a set of label cards for “Holiday Greetings Around the World”.  These cards serve 2 purposes…..label the character on the card with the flag and country/language and also label the character with their holiday greeting in their language.  I really had fun making these cards.  What’s your holiday greeting??

Finally up for offering today are some 12 Days of Christmas printables.  Well, actually I already shared them, but I do have a new one to add.  The new one is “The 12 Ordinal Days of Christmas” where the days are read and put in ordinal order.  You can find this new game and the previous ones with one simple click here.

I know I have more, but I either don’t have it uploaded or have forgotten what it is!!  HAHA  Well, it is a busy time of the year and I’m just trying to keep my head above the commotion and the waves right now!!

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The Nativity Around the House: Day 2

I have something fun to share with you today, along with nativity that I’m displaying for 2010 Nativity Parade.  This is a fun “modern” nativity that was shared with me today and I just had to re-share it.  It brought an instant smile to my face…..and as you all know, I’m not fond of cell phones!!  Sit back and watch the “modern” nativity…..

Now for one of my nativities that’s on display in my house this year.  This is actually one that is newly acquired…..today!!  My 3 goddaughters came over today and I printed this out and they each colored and decorated their own.  I didn’t leave my daughter out though (of course), she was right by their side!!

So, my nativity for today is…..

Nativity Craft by Miss K

Miss K and I really worked on this together today.  It’s mainly her project though, and I think she did a great job.  Her medium of choice today was colored pencils.  I added glitter to the 3 gifts, Mary, baby Jesus, the stars, and backdrop.  The backdrop didn’t quite turn out the way I expected, but I think it’s because the glue was too old and thick.  Once I changed to a new bottle for the rest of the project, it worked fine.

My 3 goddaughters are here today and also did this nativity craft project.  I had all 3 of them at the table coloring, cutting and gluing!!  It took most of the day, but they had a good time and their nativities turned out great.  You can see their slide show here.  They’ll be taking them home when they leave and hopefully mom will treasure them as much as I did my time with them and having some crafty holiday fun!!

As for the nativity craft itself, I got it off a web site.  You can also get a “Make Your Own Nativity Scene” to do with your kids or holiday guests.  I highly recommend printing it on cardstock.  I did kiddo’s on cardstock and the 3 girls on paper.  Theirs turned out well, but K’s is much firmer and balanced.  Also, before you glue the pieces together, pre-form the pieces.  Then, use a paint brush to brush the glue on and get it tacky, after which you can glue them together.

One final picture of our finished nativity scene….

Nativity Craft by Miss K

Merry CHRISTmas,


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The Nativity Around the House: Day 1

I saw this great post called 2010 Nativity Parade at Crap I’ve Made and instantly knew that was the “parade” for me!!  The nativity is probably my favorite part of Christmas.  I don’t know if it was my mom or dad that gave me the love that I have for the nativity, but I love to use it to decorate my house.  I decided to participate in this “parade” and show off a portion, of my nativity collections.  YES, I did say a portion!!  From now until Christmas Eve, I’ll post a nativity that’s around my house each day.  I’ll still have enough left to do this again next year!!  HAHA  Some of the nativities that I have are kept up year round.

So without further ado, today’s featured nativity…..

We call this our “nativity tree”.  Miss K and I made this on Lean Green’s last tour to Iraq.  I don’t like to go up in the attic where the Christmas stuff is stored, but I do when forced.  This particular time, I couldn’t find all our decorations, tree, and so on.  I suggested to my little girl that we make our own and make it special.  She was all for it!!  I got the pre-lit tree at Lowe’s and the clay pot at Hobby Lobby.  I probably got all the decorations there too.  The nativity scene are all miniture (tree) decorations.  K helped me to paint the pot.  We let it sit over night to dry good.  I then hot glued the garland around the rim and K decided where the berries and bells went.  Hindsight is 20/20, but looking at it now, I probably should have painted the rim a sandy tan color and the night sky is midnight blue and filled with glitter stars.  The top, which is actually the base, is crowned with the North Star and an angel.  The nativity scene goes all the way around the pot.  It was Miss K’s idea to split up the wisemen because she thought it was too “cluttered”!!  After that sat over night to dry and harden, I inserted a huge piece of craft foam inside the pot and hot glued it.  I then inserted the tree (stem) into the hole at the top (which should be the base of the pot).  Oh, and more hot glue all over the “stem” as I inserted it.  It’s held up all these years and is no worse for the wear!!

You can see a slideshow of the view all the way around the pot.

So there’s our “nativity tree”.  I don’t put it up every year.  I thought it was important to go up this year because K informed me that the year we made this was her “best Christmas ever”.  That makes me so happy and proud, because I did it on my own and she’s never forgotten it.  It was a special year, despite hubby being gone.  We made the best of the situation, and had the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!

Merry CHRISTmas,


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Nativity Arts and Crafts

I truly believe that Jesus IS the REASON for the season.  I’m not at all against Santa or any of those other traditional “fun” things that come along with Christmas.  I just think that there should be more focus on the Jesus and his birth, which is the real reason why we celebrate Christmas.  With that in mind, I’ve gone on the hunt for great arts and crafts that can be done at home or school to celebrate the real reason for the season.  I hope that you enjoy all my nativity arts and crafts links that I found!!

First is the Terra-cotta Trio which is an easy 3-piece nativity made from small clay pots.  You can make your own nativity with this printable craft in b&w or color.  Here’s another clay pot nativity.  There’s a paper nativity that actually uses styrofoam cups.

If you’re up to trying to create your own craft, there’s nativity scene clipart to get you started.  This nativity scene is a relief made with plaster of paris.  Here’s a one that’s just as delicious as it is cute in the gingerbread nativity.

There’s nothing like getting the kids involved using their toys to make this Lincoln Log nativity.  You can put your safety pins and seed beads to good use in this manger scene.  Here’s a super simple baby Jesus.  This is the perfect homemade creche to put that baby Jesus in.

If you prefer felt stories or puppets, here’s some great patterns to get you on your way.  Danielle’s Place has a stick nativity scene that’s not quite half way down the page.  You can even make a 3D manger for baby Jesus.  There’s an adorable handmade nativity scene that the whole family or class can make or get involved in.  One can make a whole scene around the baby Jesus.  If you have some popsicle sticks, you can make this holy family picture.

And here is the jackpot of Christian and religious Christmas crafts for kids.  There’s also a good article with links to free nativity religious crafts for kids.  There’s some great articles, tips and so on, for nativity crafts.  Here’s some fun and easy preschool nativity crafts.

I did a blog post on printable nativity scenes last year, but I want to add some to this post as well.  Some of them are worth repeating!!  There’s a free printable nativity scene that’s just so pretty.  There’s also this printable nativity scene that’s just too cute.  A great item for class at home or school would be this lapbook, which is a great learning tool.

Well, I think that about covers it.  It should be enough to get your started, or even keep you busy making nativity crafts this entire holiday season.  I hope that you find something that you can use and that you and kids enjoy making your nativity and keep the REASON for the season thriving!!

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Autumn Printables

I’ve been hard at work on new fall printables, and updating some old ones as well!!  I have so many things to offer, that I think I’m just going to list them and a description along with the link and let you pick and choose at will!!  Please see below and I hope that you find something that you can use.

Autumn Scarecrow Noun-Verb Sort is a ffg where the players sort words according to if they’re a noun or verb.  I used all types of nouns, including proper nouns.  The premise is that the scarecrow wants to sort the crows into 2 fields so that he can watch them better and “scare” them away!!  You can find that here.

There’s Pumpkin Patch UC-LC Cursive Match 2-part cards. The upper case letter is matched to the lower case letter.

There’s also Falling for 3D Shapes Clothespin Cards.  A clothespin, paperclip, dry erase marker, or other such item is used to match the shape name to the 3D shape on the card.  That can be found here.

I also made 2 sets of mirror cards where the child/student holds a mirror up along the dotted line and sees the completed picture.  This works on symmetry and other illusions can be made with them as well.  One is Fall Harvest and the other is Fall Symbols.  You’ll also find a bonus of Halloween Mirror Cards in there!!

Fall Hayride is a generic skills game where you can add the skill needed to work on with the child/student.  The game is complete, along with the “skill” spaces on the board…..all you need to do is add the skill, questions, or whatever needs to be worked on.  It can even be used just for fun!!

Next is Autumn Magnified where the player uses a magnifying glass to view an image and then matches the full size image to what they saw with the magnifying glass.  This game can be found here.

Lastly, there’s a whole folder of seasonal activities for autumn-fall.  This folder includes Roll a Scarecrow, fall graphing activities, Scarecrow Sizing, and Scarecrow Memory.  You’ll also find some Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard pre-writing skill sheets.  On top of that, there’s a folder inside of puzzles.

I do hope that in all that, that you’re able to find something that you can use for your home or class!!

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The Nativity Story

I have been looking for printable craft projects for kiddo and I to do for Christmas.  I also want an easy printable nativity scene to do with my religion class.  I started looking and I was amazed at how many I found and for the most part, they’re really good.  I plan on sharing all that I found in this post!!

The first is a stand-up nativity located in the right column.  There’s also many other Bible and nativity printables listed on this page.  They’d be a great addition to any religion class or at home.  There’s also a printable nativity for a children’s school and church craft project.  It will link you to here for the black and white printable that the kids will color themselves.  There’s the beginnings of the manger scene, but I couldn’t find any other parts to it.

Next, there’s a couple different nativity dioramas in black and white or color available.  There’s also a fun mobile that can be printed and colored as well.  If you have a spare toilet paper or paper towel roll, there’s a really cute nativity scene at MakingFriends.  You have a choice of printing out the color characters or using the “Bible friends” and coloring them.  I also found some nativity scene clipart that could be used to create a nativity scene. 

An idea for older kids would be to make this creche from pipe cleaners.  There’s also a nativity scene that’s more complex.  On the same site is an uncolorized version.  It’s also available in PDF if you prefer that format.  There’s also a fairly inexpensive nativity scene craft project.

There’s a make-your-own nativity scene.  I also found an online nativity scene that can be arranged and printed when it’s completed.  If you have some extra clay pots around the house, this makes a cute nativity.  Perhaps even some paper or styrofoam cups for this nativity.  Here you will find a very small nativity scene to print.   

Other possibilities ideas are to do a nativity lapbook.  For little ones, you could also do a felt board story or other activities.  There’s another felt board story here.  Finally, I found a site with lots of links for the Nativity of Jesus.  These links are for coloring pages, memory verses, plays, children’s stories and more.  There’s also several links for The Nativity Story here.

I didn’t even begin to touch on the coloring pages.  That’s another post all together!!  I hope that you can find a printable craft for The Nativity Story among all these ideas.  Maybe even one that’s not printable, but uses items you might have around the house.

Remember….

Jesus IS the Reason for the Season!!

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