Nativity Craft

Nativity Craft

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!

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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
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Crayons or markers

Step 1: Cut the Paper for your paper rolls

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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

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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!)

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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…

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Step 5: Let Dry & Then Play!

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One of the best parts is you can store the whole thing just like this:

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Leaf Wreath

Thanksgiving Leaf Wreath

Can you believe it’s November 1st!? Where has 2017 gone?

To all my readers, here is something way more uplifting than the last post! This is an activity for the whole family. Everyone ages 3 and up are able to participate. The best part, this is super easy and it lasts all month long!

Pinterest is loaded with leaf activities this time of year. There are other versions out there similar to this. But, I put a little twist on this.

… How about a Thanksgiving leaf wreath, where you write what you are thankful for. It lasts November 1st-30th. Each member of the family writes one thing every day. And it just slips into the grapevine wreath or it can be displayed other ways.

So, here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Draw or trace various shapes of leaves onto a piece of construction paper.

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Step 2: Cut out the shapes in a stack of 3 or 4 sheets at once if possible. If your kids want to help, they can trace one of your easier leaf shapes and also cut them out.

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Step 3: Place in a little bag for easy daily access.

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Step 4: Display 1 of 3 ways:  1) slip leaves into wreath 2) clip leaves on to string (in banner fashion), or 3) tape leaves on to poster board (draw or paint a tree to attatch them to).

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Step 5: And don’t forget to write words of thanks each day. Challenge yourself and your family to always add a new reason to be thankful. If your kiddos are feeling really crafty, they can decorate with glitter and stickers. 

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Here are some questions to get you thinking about what your blessings are:

  1. Are there any struggles you’ve overcome? What did you gain?
  2. Have you gained any friendships or new family members?
  3. Do you have a community that supports you?
  4. Are all of your needs met in order to survive?
  5. What extra things do you have that others might not?
  6. Is your family healthy?
  7. Do you have any direct safety concerns?
  8. What makes you happy?
  9. Are you talented at anything?
  10. What are some blissful memories you have of your life?

 

The end goal of this is to help our families to be more positive, to see how blessed we are, and to encourage spiritual growth. Perhaps, when our wreath starts filling out, the colorful leaves will remind us to thank God. And all in time for the holidays.