Christmas is such an exciting time – as busy and as stressful as it can get as a mom of 4 little kids, it’s still one of my favorite times of the year. The fun and excitement for kids is simply on another level though! And it’s all too easy to forget the real meaning Christmas – the celebration of the birth of baby Jesus.
Nativity crafts for kids provide a fun and hands-on way to explore and educate toddlers, preschoolers and older children what Christmas is all about. So here’s a long list of easy nativity craft activities to try with your little ones in the looooong wait for the big day.
From paper plate nativity crafts to ones made from toilet paper rolls, you’ll find plenty of nativity craft ideas and activities for to suit kids across a wide range of ages.
Short on time? Jump straight to the free printable nativity crafts section.
Remembering the true meaning of Christmas is such a fun way to spend time together over the holiday season. So pick a nativity craft and enjoy.
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Easy nativity crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers
Do you have some popsicle sticks, yarn or even rocks? Yup, this may be all you need to make one of these easy nativity crafts with your kids.
Cut And Paste Craft Nativity Activity
This nativity activity will only require a couple of things – character cutouts, paper and glue. This is a lovely open-ended nativity scene art project, encouraging little ones to be creative and independent. A perfect nativity activity for toddlers and easy craft for preschoolers.
Fork Painting Manger Set For Christmas
Homemade Nativity Scene Rocks
Cardboard Tube Mary and Joseph
DIY Nativity Advent Calendar
Crumbled Paper Nativity Craft
Texture Nativity Art Project for Kids
Nativity Suncatcher Craft
A simple cut-and-stick nativity craft for toddlers using contact adhesive to create a cute suncatcher. In the process, they’ll be exploring simple shapes and learning how to fit them together to turn them into simple figures. Such a fun nativity craft idea that’ll brighten up your window!
Popsicle Sticks Nativity Scene Craft
This simple nativity scene is made from ordinary craft sticks. So cute and an easy nativity craft for preschoolers. Why not turn this into a homemade ornament by adding a loop of string or attach it to a Christmas card to send to loved ones.
Nativity Wreath Craft Activity
Here’s a super easy nativity craft for preschoolers. Simply grab this wreath kit, or make one by cutting out the inside of a paper plate and coloring or painting green. (Or if you’r in pinch, leave as is). Add some nativity stickers like these and you’re done. Your little crafters are really going to enjoy this one!
Paper Shapes Nativity Craft
Here’s a nativity craft that kids can enjoy making during a festive family gathering. All you need are circles and rectangles cut from cereal boxes or similar – good practice of scissor skills for little ones. Just watch their faces light up when they put them on the Christmas tree!
Nature Nativity Activity For Toddlers
This one is more activity than craft – ideal if you’re looking for an outdoor nativity activity for your toddlers over the holidays. It’ll help bring the story of the nativity to life using pebbles and rocks in different shapes and sizes, while keeping them active and entertained.
Nativity Tape Resist Art
Tape resist painting makes for a fun and easy art project for toddlers. Kids of all ages can enjoy it too – it’s also a great finger painting idea for babies. All you need is painters tape, a big piece of paper and some baby-safe paint. Why not try this after reyour little ones the story of the birth of baby Jesus.
Easy Nativity Art Activity for Preschoolers
Do you have any leftover gems and stones from your other art projects? Why not turn them into this beautiful nativity craft. It’s a good fine motor activity that’ll help refine and strengthen the pincer grasp. Just watch younger toddlers for putting any small items into their mouth.
Bright and Colorful Nativity Craft Sticks
Make Christmas bright and colorful with this adorable popsicle nativity craft for kids. It’s made with craft sticks, colored with bright markers, and decorated with different gems and stickers. What a festive way to share and celebrate the birth of baby Jesus.
Easy Nativity Craft for Preschoolers
Create a simple and cute nativity scene using cupcake liners. It’s an inexpensive, yet meaningful nativity craft for Sunday school or at home.
Birth of Jesus Christ Nativity Craft
This might not be the entire nativity scene, but it’s a significant part. A fun and easy nativity craft for preschoolers to make alongside their favorite Nativity storybook.
Fingerprint Baby Jesus Art
Here’s a cute finger print nativity craft that would be perfect on the front of a homemade Christmas card. Or simply try this as a fun and festive art activity with your kids.
Fun nativity crafts for older kids
Super Cute DIY Nativity Scene Wreath
Toilet Paper Roll Camel Craft
Christmas Nativity Craft Fish Bowl
Make Your Own Clay Nativity Set
Nativity scene ornament crafts
If you’re looking for a beautiful tree ornament (making ornaments is a favorite family Christmas tradition of ours) why not try one of these nativity crafts with your kids. They make great keepsakes and are the perfect gift for loved ones. If you’re a fan of handprint crafts, there are a couple here too.
A Keepsake DIY Nativity Ornament
Felt Nativity Ornaments
Yarn Wrapped Nativity Craft
Don’t panic, this adorable nativity ornament may look complicated but it’s actually pretty simple. A key part is wrapping craft sticks in yarn – a good nativity activity for toddlers. It’ll take a bit of hand strength and coordination so will be good to refine those developing fine motor skills. Young children will need patience too (and so will you!) A sweet, and oh-so-cute, nativity craft for kids.
Handprint Baby Jesus Ornament
Handprint crafts make such an adorable keepsake – as you do them year after year you can see how quickly they grow. (Sob.) this handprint baby Jesus ornament is definitely one I want to try. It’s going to look so cute hanging on the Christmas tree or how about on the front of a Christmas card?
Nativity Salt Dough Handprint Keepsake Ornament
This project is perfect for the tiniest of hands. Your toddler can be your little assistant, helping to mix up the ingredients, pressing their hands in the dough and then painting the different characters onto each finger. It’ll make such a beautiful and heartwarming craft that you’re going to want to keep forever!
Stained glass nativity crafts for kids
Stained glass nativity crafts are fun to make and beautiful too. They’re sure to brighten up any window at home this Christmas.
Stained Glass Nativity Scene Craft
This DIY stained glass nativity scene is just so colorful and gorgeous. I can’t wait to try this with my kids. For little ones, it’ll be a good test of fine motor to cut and paste the tissue paper for little ones. You may have to help them with the nativity scene made from black construction paper but older kids can give it a go. I’d love to see this one hanging in one of our windows!
Christmas Story Lantern Craft
This fun DIY nativity candle holder displays a memorable scene of Mary and Joseph gazing down on baby Jesus. Add a battery-operated candle inside and watch the light shine through.
Stained Glass Nativity Ornament
An adorable stained glass nativity craft made with simple supplies. The colorful background and black silhouettes will be so pretty lit up by the lights of the Christmas tree.
Paper plate nativity crafts
Are you a fan of paper plate crafts? Look no further! Here are some nativity craft ideas for kids that use paper plates as the main material.
Christmas Nativity Craft Scene with Paper Plate
Paper Plate Nativity Scene Craft
Young kids will enjoy making this easy paper plate nativity craft scene, especially when they hear how Mary found out she’ll bear a special child.
They can get really creative with this one, using their materials of choice to hand to represent the straw of the barn, you could use yarn, and what about twigs for the roof?
To make an even easier job of the characters and animals in the story, try this nativity pack of stickers.
Nativity Manger Lacing Craft
Here’s a fun lacing activity and nativity craft for the kids that will surely keep them busy! I can’t wait to do this with my kiddos – maybe I’ll get some peace? Here’s hoping!
Rocking Baby Jesus Paper Plate Craft
This rocking baby Jesus paper plate craft is simple to create, even for young crafters. All you need are some colored pens or crayons, a paper plate, glue and scissors. Once it’s finished, your kids will need to rock baby Jesus to sleep…. Maybe you’ll get some quiet time!
Free printable nativity crafts
Running low on time and looking for a nativity craft for your kids? Here are some free printable nativity crafts. Download, print and follow the simple instructions. Leave any cutting, coloring or pasting to your little ones.
Toilet Paper Roll Nativity Craft for Kids (Free Printable)
Printable Paper Nativity Scene Set (Free Printable)
Nativity Hat Craft For Kids (Free Printable)
Nativity Scene (Free Printable)
Nativity Finger Puppet Craft Idea (Free Printable)
Who doesn’t love finger puppet crafts? My kids do and they can play with them over and over again. They can spark creativity and imaginative play. These nativity finger puppets are ideal for toddlers. Print out the free template and have your kids color the whole set. There you have it! Time to bring these characters to life.
Nativity Story Felt Board (Free Template)
Nativity Christmas Ornament with free Template
Books to read alongside your nativity crafts
The story of Christmas is so magical, children love to hear it over and over again. Before starting on a nativity craft, why not tell them the nativity story first. This will help them understand what their activity is all about – the birth of baby Jesus.
A classic story of the first Christmas when Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to give birth to baby Jesus. This is a fantastic book for toddlers, with durable flaps and popups to keep littles ones entertained as they hear the story of Jesus’s birth and the meaning of Christmas.
This nativity book tells a story of a young girl from Nazareth who accompanies a donkey who is searching for his mother. The wonderful events of the nativity are seen through their eyes, giving this book an innocent and child-centered approach.
A magnificent representation of the classic tale, the story of the First Christmas. The stylish illustrations and rich language make it an ideal book for older kids to read silently or aloud during family gatherings.
Which of these fun nativity crafts and activities will you try first with your kids?
Even when busy decorating the tree, preparing festive food or out shopping for loved ones, let’s try not to forget the true reason for this season. Make sure one of these lovely nativity crafts and ideas for kids is on your to-do list this Christmas.
Take your pick! And have a very Happy Christmas!
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