It is Christmas time, and in an effort to promote the true meaning of Christmas, I am going to share a nativity craft. I teach Sunday school to kids ages 6 to 8. I love to have a little activity to go along with the lesson. Here is one I thought I would share with you. It is great because it is cheap, quick, and super cute.
What you will need:
- brown paper bag
- glue or tape
- nativity cutouts
- I used some found here
- or Google “Nativity” or “Nativity Cutouts”many are black and white for coloring
- or you can have children draw their own characters, (make sure you have ample time if you choose the “Draw your Own” option)
- If you’re feeling VERY ambitious, take pictures of your favorite nativity, print and cut from there
Extras: Not needed but adds pizzazz!
- Burlap or hey (dry grass works, I used Spanish Moss, because it’s free and EVERYWHERE!)
- A tea-light or flashlight to place in the bottom of the bag (it gives the nativity a beautiful glow at night)
- Glitter/ sequins, anything!
Making the Nativity
- Cut out your nativity people first, then set them aside for later
- Fold your paper bag in half (Long Way)
- Cut on an angle STARTING on the side where the two ends meet
- If you cut on the wrong side (I did that) your manger will look like the one on the right below
- Open the bag and choose which side you would like to be the front
- Fold ONLY THE FRONT portion in half (you will not be able to fold the whole thing, that’s ok)
- Cut out a triangle making sure to leave a nice strip of brown at the top (this was very difficult to photograph while my little one was trying to jump on my head–but here’s what it looks like)
- Unfold, and check the shape, if you want to tweak it a little, trim more away, here is mine trimmed
- The Cutout should have a nice “House” shape and be framed by a small strip of the the paper bag
- Now you are ready to add the important people in the scene, I placed the star and angel on oposing sides at the top
- You can fold some of the characters as shown then glue them in the middle
- Place the cut-outs however you like, I put baby Jesus in the back because I wanted to eye to be lead to the most important part!
You may want to pre-cut your nativity and bags so the children can enjoy putting it together. Kids can get a little frustrated with intricate cutting. If you want more sturdy cut-outs, print on cardstock. Use the folds in the bag to place your cut-outs, it creates deapth and a 3-D feel. Have fun!