Here’s a super easy baby Jesus in manger craft that can be done by preschool kids and older. It is the perfect Sunday School Christmas craft for kids.
That said, I believe that parents are the first and best disciplers of their kids, so I encourage you to do this craft at home with your own little ones.
Easy Baby Jesus in Manger Craft
As Christmas approaches Sunday school teachers, parents and Christian school teachers work hard to help kids remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
There is a desire to make Christmas meaningful by sharing with kids the story of how our God loved us so much that He came in the form of a baby to be the light of the world and then to suffer greatly so our sins could be wiped away. There is no story more powerful or that brings more hope to this hurting world.
This easy baby Jesus in manger nativity craft for kids gives us a way to talk more about the Christmas story and what that first Christmas Day may have been like.
Materials Needed to Make this Easy Baby Jesus in Manger Craft
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- Paper in These Colors: light blue, dark brown, royal blue, light brown and red.
- Paper Plates
- Crayons in These Colors: yellows and browns
- Glue Stick and White Glue
- Paper Cutter
- Thin Sharpie – Don’t want kids using Sharpies? I don’t blame you. Crayons or colors pencils are great.
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How to Create a Baby Jesus Nativity Craft for Christmas
- Cut paper to the following dimensions: Light Blue 8.5″ x 11″, Dark Brown 6.5″ x 9″, Dark Blue 4.5″x 5″, Light Brown 4.5″x 4.5″, Red 1.5″ x 1.5″. This can be prepped ahead for smaller kids or if time is a constraint.
- Have kids cut the dark blue into an oval if age appropriate. Remind kids that ovals are longer on one side and shorter on the other.
- Trace a circle onto the light brown paper and cut.
- Draw on a baby face using Sharpie, crayon or colored pencil.
- Color the paper plate with yellows and browns. Color from the center of the plate outward so that the color burst from the center.
- Cut fringe along the outside the plate. Bend the edges a bit to give a more dimensional look.
- Glue the brown paper, on angle, onto the light blue paper using a glue stick.
- Using white glue, glue the paper plate onto the center of the brown paper.
- Glue the dark blue oval, baby Jesus face and heart onto the paper plate as shown.
- Finish off the craft by having kids write “O Come, Let us Adore Him.” For kids who are writing yet, you could have this phrase written or printed onto the corner of the blue paper. Alternatively, print it on white, cut it out and have them glue it in place.
This easy baby Jesus in manger nativity craft was an idea I got from my children’s art teacher at school. I asked her for permission to use the craft and use one of her photos (featured below).
She gave me permission but also said she had found this craft on Pinterest years ago. I could not find it anywhere on Pinterest or Google, so I decided I would go forward with re-creating this project.
This is such an easy Christmas craft to focus on the nativity with kids. Jesus, the creator of the world (John 1:3), left his throne to become one of us so that we might better understand what is really required to be accepted by a holy God. What is required? Faith. That’s it.
May you celebrate and teach these truths this Christmas.