Nativity Crafts for Kids to Make

Tot School Ideas: Nativity Crafts and Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Christmas is fast approaching and I really wanted to add in some seasonal Tot School ideas. It seemed like the perfect time to have some activities based around the Nativity, so this week we have some Nativity crafts for kids, and ideas for DIY Nativity sets as well as the usual sensory play and snacks that are perfect for your toddler or preschooler in our Nativity Tot School.

Nativity crafts for kids

Crafts are a brilliant way to develop fine motor skills as well as creativity and this week your little one will have so many wonderful Nativity crafts for kids that can be used to decorate the house for Christmas, hang on the tree or give as a gift to Daddy or Grandma.

Love this clothespin nativity scene
Clothespin Manger Nativity Scene Christmas Craft – If you don’t have a nativity scene yet why not make one with your children. This clothes peg craft is pretty simple aconnd will be something your family can treasure for years to come.

Loew Cornell Woodsies 3-3/4-Inch by 1/2-Inch Round Doll Pins, 30-CountLoew Cornell Woodsies 3-3/4-Inch by 1/2-Inch Round Doll Pins, 30-Count

What a beautiful stained glass window of the nativity scene!

Stained Glass Nativity – This stained glass window is just beautiful, it uses contact paper and is just perfect to hang in the window.
A beautiful painted nativity scene for the kids to make

How to Make a Nativity Silhouette – Here’s another twist on the Nativity silhouette, but this time the background is painted and looks quite beautiful.
My toddler will LOVE this manger craft!
Jesus in a Manger – This one is simple enough for the younger tots and will make a lovely Tree decoration.
My kids might need a little help but we are definitely making this nativity ornament!
Nativity Ornament Tutorial – These “Unto Us is Born” decorations look amazing and would make the perfect gifts for teachers or neighbours. They actually look like they’ve come from a very expensive store, no one would guess the kiddos had made them!
Ha! Love it - the three kings made out of toilet paper rolls!
3 Kings – Because you can’t have a nativity without the three kings right?

Nativity sets for kids

Small World Play, or Pretend Play is a wonderful way for your child to explore and comprehend the world around them. At Christmas you might have a Nativity set which is perfect for small world play, unless of course, it’s a family heirloom and you don’t want to risk it getting broken. But don’t worry because we’ve found some wonderful ideas for making your own nativity set with your child!

Here are some fabulous ideas for DIY nativity sets for kids:
Oh wow these are just beautiful - I'm off to buy some felt!
Felt Nativity Set Pattern Free Download – This Nativity set is made entirely from felt, for a different small world play experience.
We LOVE story stones and this nativity set is BEAUTIFUL

Nativity Set with Story Stones – Story stones are a wonderful way for children to interact with stories and these Nativity stones are just beautiful.

Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11302 Matte FinishMod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11302 Matte Finish

What a great way to learn the nativity story - with stones!
The Nativity – Here’s an idea for a Nativity the children can craft themselves, and some story pebbles which are slightly different to the ones I just mentioned.

Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Christmas Nativity Set With 4-Piece Stable and 11 Wooden FiguresMelissa & Doug Classic Wooden Christmas Nativity Set With 4-Piece Stable and 11 Wooden Figures

Oh this paper doll nativity set will keep the kids quiet!
FREE Paper Doll Printables – The Nativity – Oh this set of Nativity printables is so stinking adorable! Print them out on magnet sheets and use a cookie tray to play. Then print some out on cardboard and hang them on the tree, or use them as gift tags!
What a GREAT idea - a story cube of the Nativity!
Nativity Story Cube – Here’s another way to tell the Nativity story, with a cube. You can either print out one that’s all in colour, or a black and white version that your child can colour in before they play.

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Fisher-Price Little People A Christmas StoryFisher-Price Little People A Christmas Story

The kids will go CRAZY when they see this! A Nativity scene built out of LEGO. GENIUS!
Nativity Scene – Made with LEGO – If your little ones are big fans of LEGO they will have a blast building the Nativity Scene using their favourite bricks!

Nativity books

Here are some Nativity themed books for you to read together:

The Nativity Story (Candle Bible for Kids)The Nativity Story (Candle Bible for Kids)

The Nativity Story by Juliet David

Who is Coming to Our House?Who is Coming to Our House?

Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate

Room for a Little One: A Christmas TaleRoom for a Little One: A Christmas Tale

Room for a Little One by Martin Waddel

Nativity sensory tubs

Sensory tubs are a brilliant way to encourage learning through invitation to play. Little ones can explore their senses as well as practicing pouring and measuring, counting and patterning.

  1. Nativity Sensory Bin – I love this sensory bin, right down to the craft stick manger!
  2. Nativity Box – Here’s another great idea for a Nativity sensory box, I’ve been inspired by the additions of silk and muslin cloth.

Putting on a Nativity play

For encouraging gross motor skills this week why not mix it up with some dramatic play, and have your children act out the Nativity story. It would be a wonderful show for them to put on at Christmas with all the family watching!

First up you need a Nativity Play Script, and if you have room you might also want to set up a dramatic play area with props.

Then you need some costumes like these for the shepherds and wisemen, the angel and the sheep, and of course, Mary and Joseph.

Nativity printables

To help develop numeracy and literacy skills you can use one of the many free printable packs that are shared by other mums. Here are some Nativity printables:

  1. Nativity UNO
  2. Free Nativity PreKK Printable Pack (Limited Time)
  3. 12 Days of Christmas ~ Free Nativity Printables
  4. Nativity Puppets
  5. Free Advent Colouring Book plus 100’s of Advent Colouring Pages
  6. Printable Christmas Song Cards Game for Kids
  7. FREE Printable Christmas Nativity

Nativity snacks

All this learning is enough to make anyone hungry, so why not fix one of these tasty Nativity themed snacks to enjoy together:

  1. Nativity Snack – How’s this for the perfect Nativity snack, I love the star made from cheese!
  2. Jelly Baby Jesus Cakes – Or these little “Baby Jesus sleeping in the hay” cakes that the kids can have fun making!
  3. Simple Nativity Snack – This snack is so simple even the youngest toddlers will have fun getting involved.
  4. Gingerbread Nativity – For the most amazing Nativity snack spend an afternoon building this Nativity scene and then eat it all up!

~Clare – currently pinning to Activities for Toddlers.

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Oh wow these Nativity scenes are BEAUTIFUL! Can't wait to make some story stones!

LOVE these Nativity craft ideas especially the toilet paper Kings!
Some fabulous ideas for Nativity crafts for preschoolers to help them understand the true meaning of Christmas

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