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One of my favorite things about Christmas is the nativity. It’s really what Christmas is all about. I even have some nativities that stay out all year long. There’s 2 of those, in fact!! One is a music box and the other is a Native American nativity and I keep it in my curio since my house is decorated pretty much with southwest decor.
I try to pass the meaning of the nativity onto the kids in my religion class. I encourage them to love Santa and the spirit of Christmas, but I also instill that there would be no Christmas without the birth of Jesus. That’s the TRUE meaning of Christmas and that’s why we celebrate such a special day. All the presents in the world don’t matter without what happened that night in the stable with the shepherds, 3 wisemen, and that wonderful birth of baby Jesus.
Tonight, we have our class party. This is the night for the kids to “let loose” and have some fun and eat some pizza. However, I don’t let the night pass without some sort of lesson as well. Our lesson will simply be doing a paper nativity craft. My kids just love paper crafts!! The one that we will be doing tonight is the Paper City Nativity Scene from Made by Joel. It’s a beautiful one, but it’s simple for my kids to do tonight with the other party activities going on in class. They can get it colored and cut-out with time to spare!!
My search for a paper nativity tonight led me to other great nativity paper crafts. I’m going to share some of those links for you who might be looking just like I was!! Some of them I might have shared before, but some of them were new to even me. The first is another simple one and was my second choice for tonight. It can be found at Kyrkkafe and was created by Susie Poole. In case you can’t translate/read the page, scroll down to “Susie Pooles julkrubba” and click that link, which opens to the PDF file to download or print. You can find a nativity scene at PaperToys.com in GIF or PDF format and also colored or uncolored versions. There is also this Paper Christmas Crib, which will need to be translated too. To make it easy though, just click on each character and the pattern will open.
Over at the Making Friends site, they have a paper doll friends nativity scene. It takes a bit of ink as it’s all in color, but they do have a bw variety using their making friends paper dolls and have full instructions for whichever you choose. Here is a nativity scene that’s as simple as print and fold!! ScrapbookScrapbook has a beautiful free printable Christmas nativity. I’ve done this one before and it turns out great!! There’s a fantastic set of paper dolls and nativity at Design Dazzle. These are so versatile!! They can be used to retell the story as puppets/paper dolls, on a felt board, on a cookie sheet, and many other ways too. There are some Christmas nativity paper toys at Samantha Eynon. (I didn’t find these where it says that they should be to download, so if you find them, let me know!!)
There is “no room at the inn” that’s a paper nativity scene, circa 1976. My Little House several Christmas nativity printables to check out. First, there’s a pop-up card in color or bw. There’s also a Christmas coloring tract to make for yourself or share!! He’s also created the town of Bethlehem into a paper toy (in 4 parts). It’s amazing!! Just as amazing is his paper toy for the nativity story. Activity Village has several nativity printables that include a mobile, finger puppets, felt board story patterns, coloring pages, and more. MakingLearningFun has a full set of nativity toilet paper tube puppets. At the same site, you’ll also find a nativity felt board set, nativity stable hang up, nativity story retelling pieces and many more things. Just type in “nativity” in the search box on the home page and it’ll give a long list, about 3 pages, of printable nativity pages.
Deviant Monk has a nice and simple paper nativity. Nativity finger puppets can be found at Craftaholics Anonymous. Over at Prepared Not Scared!, she’s shared things she made and used for The Nativity Play. You’ll find the story packet and a complete nativity scene to put on chipboard, felt board, or many other things. You’ll find mobiles and dioramas at Daily Coloring Pages. Kids can make a paper nativity from Faith Kids Sunday School Bible Bytes and it comes in color or bw. At Design You Trust, they have a pop-up nativity (which links to the original creator site to download here). The Redheaded Hostess has nativity paper dolls that are so cute!!
There’s a great paper nativity card at Amy’s Free Ideas. There’s actually 2 of them….a quick nativity scene card and a deluxe 3-D nativity card scene. One that I know I’ve shared before is the printable nativity for kids using toilet paper rolls at Catholic Icing. They also have a printable nativity Advent chain that would be a great project!! There’s a make your own nativity set at Marloes de Vries and it can be printed in bw or color. The Simple Home has a build your own nativity that’s using basic shapes and is great for all ages. At Lucy Paintbox, they have several free nativity printables in bw to color or in full color. You’ll find a Christmas picture and cards, a color and cut out one-page nativity, nativity figures and a couple other things!! There’s an easy diy nativity set at Prudent Baby that’s meant to be used on printable fabric, but paper would work as well.
Simply Better at Home has an easy and fun magnetic nativity project. She gives directions how to make the magnetic board and a link to the nativity characters that she used. One of my favorite sites is Ministry-to-Children.com and they have a printable nativity activity sheet. There’s a nativity scene at Bob’s Crafts that has a skill rating of average for an adult and difficult for a child, but might be a great do-together project!! This is a nativity color page and I know it’s not a paper craft, but I just really like it and it’s available in 2 sizes. On the subject of nativity pictures to color, there’s 6 pages of them at NetMums, where you’ll also find a nativity scene Advent calendar. Kids & Glitter has a nativity stable scene that will take some time to make and it will probably be a family project, but it’s something to be cherished for years.
Paper Crafts Square has a nativity set Version 1 and Version 2, which are linked to another site with the templates to download. I think these have been previously shared, maybe in their original links, but still worth checking into. The Wisdom of Gavroche has Christmas paperdolls for Mary (pregnant and with baby Jesus) and Joseph. At DigiProp, they have a diy Advent calendar that’s a nativity scene and of all things, it’s made of match boxes!! Sarah Jane has a nativity puppet theater that I’m just in love with!! You’ll also find coloring pages and figures for the story, A Christmas Goodnight. There’s a beautiful stained glass nativity here, here, and here….which were all inspired by each other.
If you’re looking to purchase, you can find these nativity paper dolls at Mo’s Digital Pencil Too. Bible Kids Fun Zone has lots of nativity printables, including a paper nativity craft on the membership site. At Cottage Arts, they have a fold-out nativity project. It recommends purchasing their kits, but it might also give you ideas to use things you have on hand or perhaps parts of the free paper crafts above. Rainbow Resource Center also has an Easy-t0-Make Nativity Scene. At Paper Model Kiosk, they have a variety of paper nativities for free and to purchase. Over at Kiki & Company, you can get a free Paper Tots Nativity Set if you purchase the Christmas Countdown House. On Etsy, you can purchase a nativity scene paper theater.
I think that’s about all the paper nativity crafts there is. I did a lot of research on this looking for the right one to do with my class tonight. I’m sure there’s more out there, but I don’t think that I missed very many!! HAHA I hope that you enjoy them and that you find one….or more….that’s right for you and your family or class.
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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…..
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….
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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