Earlier this week I listed 20 ways the whole family can Keep Christ in Christmas. One activity for younger kids was to “craft your own nativity scene.” So here is one super cute and easy way to make your own.
Do you have toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls? Great! Let’s get started!
You will need about 45 minutes to prep and create!
I know, I know, if you have multiple kids that’s nuts! But, think about it this way, if you can sit down with your kiddos and keep them busy, that is like gold! Or get some one-on-one time with one of your kids that likes to draw or color, because this project is perfect for them!
You will also need:
- At least 6 toilet paper tubes (Mary, baby Jesus, Joseph, and 3 Wise Men, extras for animals, shepherds, an angel…)
- Box for your barn
- White paper and construction paper
- Crayons or markers
Step 1: Cut the Paper for your paper rolls
Lay your paper roll on the paper and lightly mark with extra length for overlapping ends. (Marking woodworkers style). Use a straight edge like another pencil to connect the markings. Cut. And done! That was easy!
Step 2: Sketch people for your kiddo to color
I stopped what I was doing at one point to watch him color. Oh my gosh! He was so cute! He was making silly faces as he focused. (And yes, that is a Halloween pumpkin shirt!)
I couldn’t help myself from a little coloring. But basically this is the idea of the drawing.
You could also use the construction paper to make little clothes. Even scrap fabric, stickers, felt, ribbon, glitter glue…. Go nuts!
Step 3: Glue
You’ll then want to take those pretty colorful drawings and glue them onto your paper roll.
Here I am using the regular glue. Although this is messy, I can’t handle how stick glue doesn’t bond well.
Step 4: Turn your box into a barn
While letting your people dry, just glue some construction paper onto your box. Then add your star. Our star is flat on top to keep from getting torn with play.
You could even add popsicle sticks inside to make separate animal stalls. You can even think about adding natural elements from outside to make it feel more real. Twigs, straw, small rocks…
Step 5: Let Dry & Then Play!
One of the best parts is you can store the whole thing just like this:
This is also great for teaching bible school!!
And parents, here is your kid’s newest toy!
Great for playing at the table with while you’re cooking lunch/dinner. Goes well with teaching the nativity story!