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12 Crafts to Help Kids Understand the Christmas Story

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My 2-year-old and 4-year-old are really into crafts right now. They ask to draw, paint, make masks, create collages, or do something else creative every single day. I’ve found a number of cool Christmas crafts for them that yield secular symbols of Christmas (trees, wreaths, bells, etc.). I don’t have a problem with these, but I want to make sure a number of the crafts we complete this season reinforce the true significance of Christmas.

Thankfully, many moms, teachers, and other caregivers have shared nativity-themed crafts on their blogs and other websites. I’ve identified several of these that I hope to try with my kids this year and in the coming years. I’ve also identified a Scripture verse or passage that corresponds with each craft. I’ve shared all of these below so you can use them with your kids!

Nativity crafts for kids

The angel foretelling the birth of Jesus to Mary and Joseph (Luke 1:26-38, Matthew 1:18-25)

Wooden peg doll angel ornament from Rhythms of Play

Paper plate angel from Crafty Morning

The birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-7)

Manger craft for kids from The Chaos and The Clutter

Handprint nativity animals from Learn Create Love

Candy nativity from Reading Confetti

The angels proclaiming the birth of Jesus to shepherds (Luke 2:8-20)

Pom pom sheep from Mum in the Madhouse

The angel crafts shown above would also fit this theme.

The Wise Men following the star to visit Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12)

Salt dough star ornaments from Teaching Tiny Tots

Nativity star craft and prayers from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry

My girls are excited and ready to get busy!

Have you completed any nativity crafts with your kids this year? If so, I’d love to hear about them!

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