The Nativity is a story a lot of people know and learn about around Christmas time. If you’d like your toddler or preschool to know this story, doing this Nativity Popsicle Stick Craft is a way to help them remember it and make it fun too.
As you might know if you’ve been following along with our story is that Mila is in preschool. Her preschool talks a lot about Bible stories.
I don’t necessarily talk about one religion at home. We talk about how people believe in all kinds of different things and none of it is wrong. My personal beliefs stem from different religions and readings, I’ve written about them in previous posts.
No matter what I believe, I want Mila to be able to make her own decisions. Right now, she’s asked a lot of questions about Jesus and Bible stories. So, we’re reading and doing activities with what she’s curious about.
Mila loves baby Jesus. Every time she sees a Nativity set up she says, ‘awww. Look at the baby.’ Then she names everyone.
It definitely made me want to do this activity with her even more. After a trip to the store, we got everything to create our interpretation of her favorite scene.
Here’s what you’ll need to create this book and craft pairing.
To start this activity off, we read the book with each other. She let me know she knew all the characters and that Jesus was born in a manger.
After reading, it was time to start making the scene.
We first wanted to make the manger. All we used was popsicle sticks and glue. We ended up using big popsicle and it took five across for the base. We used a smaller popsicle stick to connect it together.
Then for the floor of the manger, we used one big popsicle stick across it on the bottom. For the roof, we just crisscrossed them on the top.
Next we made Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus.
Again, we used popsicle sticks. For Mary and Joseph we decided to use big ones and for Jesus we used a small one. To get the correct length, we just cut them with scissors.
To make them look like they had clothes, hair, and accessories, we used yarn. You could use any color, I think ours turned out really cute.
Then, glue them down on the manger.
After that, make a star out of pipe cleaner and attach with glue.
You could stop here, but we decided to make this an ornament. To do this, we just glued on another piece of yarn so we could hang it.
Mila was SO proud of her hard work on this piece. She loved seeing this family together and talking about what she learned at preschool. I am so happy she can always let me know what she’s learning about.
This craft is so much fun for kids of all ages. I hope if you make it, you have as much fun as we did!
What’s your favorite Christmas book or story to read? Let me know in the comments.
Also, if you make this craft/ornament, tag me on Instagram or Facebook (@greyskies.rainbowhighs).