Christmas Nativity Craft for Kids

Making a Christmas nativity is a wonderful way for you and the kids to celebrate this special holiday together. Use materials you have on hand to complete this craft project, then display the nativity scene where it can be enjoyed by all the family.

Christmas Nativity Scene craft for kids - Preschool Toolkit

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A nativity scene is an important part of Christmas. Kids can learn more readily about the meaning and origins of Christmas through visual display and hands-on interaction of figures.

This nativity is easy to make with everyday materials and will boost kids creative and fine motor experiences.

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Christmas Nativity Scene craft for kids - Preschool Toolkit

  • Plastic yogurt bottles
  • Fabric for head cover cut into a circle or an oval
  • Fabric for garment cut as shown in the photo 
  • Wood peg for child
  • Craft eyes (optional) 
  • Narrow trim such as washi tape
  • Craft sticks
  • Raffia or similar


Christmas Nativity Scene craft for kids - Preschool Toolkit

Instructions for nativity

Mary and Joseph figures

1. Wrap the garment around the bottle and tape at the back to secure (or spread glue around the neck of the bottle).

2. Place the head cover on the top of the bottle and secure with an elastic.

3. Cover the elastic around the head scarf with washi tape or narrow ribbon.

4. Glue craft eyes to the face.


1. Cut craft sticks in half. Glue together as shown in the photo, making an X.

2. Support each craft stick X in modeling clay to form a frame for the manger.

3. Cut a rectangle from flat or corrugated cardboard. Curl slightly by wrapping around your finger, then place on the craft stick frame.


Christmas Nativity Scene craft for kids - Preschool Toolkit


4. Fill the manger with straw. Cover the child with a blanket cut from a piece of fabric.

 Now you are ready to display your Christmas nativity. Enjoy all season long!


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