Christmas Nativity ~ FREE Crafts for Kids

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Here’s a wonderful smorgasbord of FREE Christmas Nativity craft and activity ideas for kids, roughly organised into sections:  God gave His Son; Nativity Scene; Magi / Wisemen; Christmas star. And don’t forget to check out the Christmas Master List for 500+ FREE Nativity colouring pages; puzzles; booklets; posters, bookmarks, photo frames; paper gifts; Happy Birthday Jesus, stationery, and all things FREE Nativity for kids… enjoy!





Oh Holy Night – FREE Nativity playset  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) with twinkling stars and a purple night sky background and Bible verses from Luke 1:31-33; 2:7-8 – And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end… And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were greatly afraid; use it for crafts, as a poster, or as a background to your nativity scene; print on A4 photo or craft paper and laminate for best results. To make a standing nativity background for your nativity scene, lightly fold or curve the playset background; adhere a couple of ‘L’ shaped cardboard tabs to the back; or twist out a couple of paper clips to the back; free printable

FREE Nativity Playset Background; free printable

Happy Birthday Jesus – FREE crafts for kids  (Paper Gifts for Estefany) several to choose from; free printable

Christmas Bookmark Corners A4

God gave His Son – craft  (ministry-to-children) a Christmas tree to decorate and colour using ornaments in the shape of letters to form these words: ‘God gave His Son’; free printable

Learn the names of Jesus – craft  (practicalpages) colourful strips of paper to make a paper chain or bracelet; free printable

God gave His Son – Christmas crafts from around the world  (childrensministry) The gift of Jesus Christ is for everyone, everywhere. People all around the world celebrate the Saviour who was born in a manger. God sent His Son to Earth to die, and pay the penalty for all of our sins. It’s our choice as to whether or not we accept God’s amazing free gift. Help your child sense God’s heart for all people everywhere with some of these Christmas crafts from around the world.





Baby Jesus in manger – craft  (littleblots) to make and colour, using glitter, sandpaper, raffia or paper strips, and a paper scrap for the blanket; this looks like heaps of fun; would also make a fabulous homemade greeting card – make it separately, then attach to the front of a folded piece of metallic craft card; then add a plain (or textured) paper insert for the inside of the card; punch a tiny heart in one of the corners of the insert; and add a raffia bow on the front of the card – voila; free printable

Nativity – puppet theatre  (sarahjanestudios) to make and colour, complete with stage and background; free printable

Nativity Scene – playset  (Biblefunforkids) super cute Nativity figures to colour, cut out and play with; hang on your Christmas tree; make a nativity scene; make a Nativity mobile; glue them to craft sticks to turn them into puppets; or use them to make your own cards or gift tags; Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds, sheep, magi, angel, stable with donkey, sheep and a ‘Jesus is born’ star-shaped sign; another cute nativity scene playset (scroll down and click on ‘You can print everything here’ for the version in colour; or click on ‘Here is the black and white copy…’ for one to colour in) and it is also available in Spanish; a smaller version Nativity set (scroll down to ‘here are the printables for the worksheet part of the lapbook’ and click on ‘colour’ or ‘black and white’ under the picture; Nativity – door hanger to make  (scroll down to ‘Birth of Jesus door hanger’)  Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus in stable; more super cute Nativity crafts and ideas for kids; free printable

Nativity – playset  (supercoloring) Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus; Nativity – playset with more characters; free printable

Nativity – playset  (ministry-to-children) of Jesus in the Manger to colour and make; and here’s a Nativity – playset  with very simple lines for younger children; Nativity – playing cards; free printable

Nativity Scene – 3D paper toys to make  (mylittlehouse); animals – 3D paper toys to make; or make a whole 3D Bible Town to make; here’s a Nativity scene – pop up card to make with Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherds, angel, animals, stable, manger, palm trees; here’s another two Nativity – 3D pictures to make of Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, shepherd and sheep; and the visit of the magi; all free printable; plus a Nativity – diorama (this is a free sample from a set of 8 Nativity mini dioramas available for purchase); and here is a Nativity Mini World also for purchase

Away in a Manger – game  (activity-mom) or just use the figures to make a cute nativity; free printable

Nativity Matching Game – to make and colour  (sisterssuitcasblog) with cute graphics; free printable

Nativity Scene – sun catcher craft  (craftingthewordofGod); Nativity scene – standing craft; free printable

Nativity – finger puppets  (thecraftyclassroom) with finger holes; very cute; free printable

Nativity – finger puppets  (Christianpreschoolprintables; scroll down to ‘Christmas Story finger puppets’); plus Born in a Manger craft; Road to Bethlehem game; for younger children; free printable

Nativity – playset  (Biblestoryprintables; scroll down); Nativity – crafts; Nativity – popsicle stick craft; free printable

3D Nativity – to make  (marloesdevee) in full colour or to colour; paper wraps around to make standing 3D figures; free printable

Nativity – finger puppets  (hartofthemountain) to colour, or use to make your own Nativity scene with pieces that will stand up; cute; free printable

Cut and Glue Shape Nativity  (ateachingmommy) cut and glue the Nativity figures in place; free printable

God’s Unfolding Story – Christmas crafts for kids  (sundayschoolzone); Gabriel visited Mary – paper puppets with playset background; Mary Visited Elizabeth – paper puppets with playset background; Simeon and Anna meet Baby Jesus – paper puppets with playset background; Baby Jesus in the Manger – paper plate craft; free printable

Nativity Scene to make  (madebyjoel); Expanded Nativity Scene and a Travel-size nativity scene  black on white background; free printable

Nativity Story – game  (flamecreativekids); Nativity Journey – game; Nativity Story Cube  telling the Nativity story; DIY Fuzzy Felt Nativity  this could easily be adapted for paper; Nativity Discovery Box full of items connected to the Nativity story for tiny hands to explore; Nativity dress up ideas for kids; Nativity – pass the parcel game; more Nativity craft ideas for kids; free printable

Nativity Ornaments / Mobile / Puppets – to make  (themanger) simple but super cute black and white Nativity figures to hang on your Christmas tree – Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, angel, shepherd with sheep; or make a Nativity mobile; glue them to craft sticks to turn them into puppets; colour if you wish; they could also be printed on coloured paper; free printable

Nativity Ornaments / Puppets – to make  (themanger) simple, oval-shaped coloured Nativity figures – Mary, Baby Jesus, Joseph, angel and shepherd to hang on your Christmas tree; make a Nativity mobile; glue them to craft sticks to turn them into puppets; free printable

Nativity Snowflake – to make and colour  (themanger) with cute manger and heart outlines hidden in the snowflake; free printable

Nativity Scene – 3D playset  (scrapbookscrapbook) to colour and make with Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, angel, shepherd, animals and stable; paper wraps around to make circular standing 3D figures; free printable

Standing Nativity Scene – to make  (kimmitzothompson) cut out and colour Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Shepherds, wise men, cow, donkey, sheep, rooster, stable; Nativity – door hanger to colour and make; Baby Jesus – paper plate craft  Baby Jesus in the manger with a star over Him to hang as an ornament; Manger Scene – ornament craft with Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, sheep, star and using popsicle sticks as the manger; in colour; Angel – craft; free printable

3D Nativity – to make  (noelladesigns) with stable, people, animals and easy directions; in colour; Holy Night – bingo; Nativity – craft paper  to use for crafts; free printable

Nativity – mobile  (ministryark) to make and colour; free printable

Nativity Scene – fold out craft  (amysfreeideas; scroll down the ‘Christmas crafts’ column) when it folds up it looks like a closed barn door; stand up Nativity scene to make; free printable


Christmas card 2005

A Christmas Card from Estefany, 2005 :)


Pop Up Nativity – paper plate craft  (pinkstripeysocks) fold in half, cut out and decorate

Nativity – to make  (lucypaintbox; scroll down) one-page nativity or a full nativity to make; in full colour or to colour; also Nativity Christmas cards/folded booklets to make; free printable

Nativity – to make  (digitprop) each of the 24 pieces are designed to be attached to match boxes so they can stand up; or you may prefer to add an extra flap that folds back so they can stand up; free printable

12 Nativity – crafts for kids  (happyhomefairy) that help point your family’s hearts to Jesus; 12 Baby Jesus – crafts for kids; more Christmas crafts  cool ideas for younger children; free printable

Nativity – playset  (wildolive) Baby Jesus, Joseph, Mary and the shepherds; designed for felt, but could easily be adapted for paper; The Stable – ornament with manger, Joseph, Mary, star and stable; also design for felt, but could easily be adapted for paper; 3D Nativity idea this is a super cute clay craft; free printable

3D Nativity to make  (lbrummer68739) cut up and paint a cereal box to use as a Nativity background; colour and cut out Nativity images to glue onto it; 3D Nativity Scene – craft; Pop up Nativity to make; Blanket for Baby Jesus – craft; Standing Nativity – craft  to cut, colour and make; God’s Greatest Gift – Nativity wreath; Nativity cube – craft; Large Nativity Stable Scene – to make   and colour using a box as the stable; templates patterns are provided; this one would be a great homeschool or Sunday school activity or a backdrop to a Nativity play; free printable

No room at the Inn – playset  (Biblesociety; scroll down and click on ‘download posters’) The Greatest Journey retraces the steps of the journeys of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the wise men. But ultimately it points to the greatest journey of all, when Jesus left heaven and came to earth as a man; free printable

Nativity Scene – popsicle stick craft  (eggloentertainment) make it into a tree ornament or glue to card stock and make a Christmas card.

Nativity – pack for younger children  (1plus1plus1equals1) using early learning skills like ABCs, counting, early reading, shapes, colours and more; free printable

Nativity – to colour and make  (prudentbaby) for younger children; adapt for paper; free printable

Nativity – finger puppets  (craftaholicsanonymous) to make and colour; free printable

Nativity – stained glass ornaments  (trueaimeducation) free printable

Nativity scene – standing craft  (prettyprudent) or finger puppets; designed for material but this template could easily be adapted for paper; free printable

Stained Glass Nativity to make  (meaningfulmama) a Nativity silhouette template to cut out in black paper and then add a stained glass effect with coloured fragments of tissue paper; hang them in your window or turn it into a mobile; you could also print it on white paper and use it as a learn to draw activity by filling in the details; 35+ Christ-Centered Christmas Activities nativity crafts, angel crafts, family traditions, scripture based Christmas activities, decorations and ways your family can serve this season; free printable

Nativity – to make  (edupics) cut around the shapes, then colour; Standing Nativity to colour and make; Nativity – cut, fold and colour; Standing Nativity – cut and fold – in colour or to colour with small strips that fold back to help it stand; Manger craft – in colour  standing scene to make; Nativity Scene for kids – in colour or to colour; Standing Nativity figures craft colour, cut and fold; Nativity mobile to make  held by a large star with Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Magi, animals; various Nativity scenes; free printable

Nativity scene  (paperdollsandtoys) in a vintage style that prints and stand up as one piece using hill and valley folds; free printable

Nativity Set – craft  (flandersfamily; scroll down) in colour or to colour; free printable

Shepherd – crafts  (Jesus-without-language) shepherd signposts (cute idea); shepherd worksheet game; more Christmas Nativity – crafts for kids; free printable

Nativity – to make and colour  (flickr) Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, 3 shepherds, 3 magi, 4 angels; free printable

Nativity printable puppets  (simplelivingmama; click on the first picture to download) free printable

Nativity Scene – to make  (kideatsco) cut and arrange; Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, 1 shepherd, 3 magi, angel outline with Bible verse written inside, manger, sheep, star; free printable

Nativity – bingo  (answersingenesis); The Hope of Christmas—musical game a version of musical chairs for your homeschool or Sunday school students using 20 Bible review questions about the birth of the promised Messiah; The Preparation of Christmas – game  a fast paced game using two teams switching chairs while they answer 23 Bible questions; The Joy of Christmas—game another team game with a lot of action and fun as students review 20 questions; Gift Go-Round – game another version of musical chairs, this time unwrapping gift boxes inside gift boxes and finishing with a prize to share during a devotional discussion – God always keeps His promises. God gave people the hope of a Saviour. It took many years for the right time to come, but God kept his word and the Saviour was born as promised; free printable

Nativity Puppet Show  (sayyes) cute Sunday school craft idea or for your own family; this would also make a cool Nativity photo booth for your children’s Christmas photos as they peek over the stage; or dress them in Nativity costumes and use it for your own Nativity theatre stage

Nativity – face masks  (sparklebox) for Mary, Joseph, angel, shepherd, donkey, cow; free printable

Angel wings and halo – paper craft  (canon) for dressup; free printable

Matt and Luke’s Four-Minute Nativity Skit  (Biblesociety) share the story of Jesus’ birth as you are carol singing or at your Christmas community event

Angel – 3D craft  (ohmyfiesta) with hanging stars; cut out, hang as an ornament or mobile; free printable

Build a Nativity  (thissimplehome) from very simple geometric shapes; in colour or to colour; free printable

Nativity – craft  (whychristmas) cut, paste and colour to make your own scene; free printable

Bible People Printable  (activity-mom) decorate your Nativity with some of these Bible figures who all rejoiced to see the Messiah or were part of His genealogy; and maybe they might like to make a similar cut out figure of themselves standing with them; free printable

Birth of Jesus – Nativity board game  (richardgunther; click on ’09’) and there is also a blank black and white version (click on ’24’); free printable

Christmas Nativity – crafts  (daniellesplace) for purchase

Nativity – paper dolls  (designdazzle) to cut out and play with; hang onto your Christmas tree, make a Nativity mobile, or use as gift tags; free printable for subscribers

Nativity Scene – blank template  (liagriffith) a beautiful Nativity template outline; free printable for subscribers

Nativities to cut out  (papermodelkiosk) pre-printed vintage and stained glass style Nativities from different countries; some are free printable; others for purchase

Christmas Nativity – mobile to make  (activityvillage); Make your own Nativity Scene – craft  cut out then colour; cute Nativity finger puppets to cut out and make a stable scene with Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, angel, shepherds, magi and animals; plus an additional Mary and Joseph on a donkey; Nativity (felt board) printables to cut out and play with; and more Nativity crafts for kids; members only



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Camel – adorable ornaments to make  (wildolive) use as ornaments, gift tags or make a card with this adorable camel with a really cute saddle flap that opens; very cute; free printable

Wise Men’s Christmas Adventure – paper puppets  (sundayschoolzone) to cut out; with playset background; free printable

Magi / Wise Men – crafts  (littleblots; scroll down) ideas and links; free printable

Peanut Wise Men – ornaments  (freefunChristmas) super cute ornaments to hang on your tree; or make a Nativity mobile made from peanuts, felt, paper crowns and sequins

Magi – crown crafts for kids  (scroll down to crafts; this is from my Esther post but there are also some cool crown craft ideas for boys – i.e. King Xerxes) free printable





Christmas Star – ornament  (sundayschoolzone) God’s Son was born for us; free printable

Follow that Star – Nativity treasure hunt  (eggloentertainment) The Christmas Story offers lessons to inspire our children’s daily walk with Christ, e.g. the diligence of the magi and shepherds who followed the star of Bethlehem. This fun scavenger hunt will encourage children to take their own journey like those in the Christmas Story, to seek the real meaning of Christmas as well as God’s truth and promises all year; attach a glow stick to each clue; free printable

Christmas star – red gift box  (canon) or Christmas star – yellow gift box; yellow and white snowflake starstar banner; free printable

Christmas Star – game  (answersingenesis) follow the stars like the wise men to find answers and share a prize; Christmas Star – to make  (scroll down) free printable

Christmas 3D Star to make  (dltk) free printable

3D star craft  (flamecreativekids) make one or a few; use them as ornaments or make your own mobile

Christmas Star – crafts and Christmas star – printables  (activityvillage) including an origami star where the top flap opens so you can write a message; window stars; star templates; members only





Christmas Nativity ornaments / photo gift tags  (Paper Gifts for Estefany; scroll down) designed in a ‘Happy Birthday Jesus’ theme; free printable; add your child’s photo – this is our beautiful Monica – isn’t she beautiful? :)

Christmas Photo Gift Tags-SAMPLE2

Name of Jesus – ornaments  (Biblestoryprintables) in colour to to colour; free printable

Beautiful Christ-centred ornaments  (Bibleparent) to colour and make; son/sun-catchers; stained glass look; unusual and pretty; Christ-centred; make as single or double sided or use in cards. Idea: print 2 copies on wax paper; cut out; add crayon shavings; then iron papers together to make a faux stained glass ornament. Or use 2 copies of normal paper (back to back); colour and laminate them. Use a hole punch to punch a hope in top and hang with a strip of paper. There is also a letter to Jesus (rather than Santa) with a Christmas wish list of character traits – ‘Dear Jesus, these are the gifts I would like for Christmas. Please put them in my heart. I have checked the three I want most’; free printable ; plus hundreds of free printable Christ-centred colouring pages; and some great Sunday School craft and cookie party ideas to use as an outreach; free printable

Nativity Ornaments – to cut and out and colour  (pinkstripeysocks) 11 round Nativity images to colour; use them as ornaments; gift tags; or make a mobile; cute; free printable





12 Ways to have a Christ-Centered Christmas  (happyhomefairy) Last week Noah mentioned to me that all he wanted for Christmas was a football helmet… And to hold baby Jesus. 🙂  I think he is on to something. So crawl out from under the bed of busy and climb into the manger next to that precious Child who this season is all about; Christmas – activity list

DIY Advent Candle Wreath Decoration  (fellowfellow) a round candle holder decorated with greenery and puffs of baby’s breath flowers

Beautiful table decoration  (100layercake) add a sparkle, gold glitter edge to your white candles in glasses; this is something the kids can do and they look really sweet

Make your own Christmas Nativity – DIY activity book for kids





Christmas Master List  ~ FREE 500+ Christmas Nativity colouring pages, photo frames, stationery, posters, bookmarks, paper gifts, puzzles, booklets, articles for kids, Advent, Happy Birthday Jesus, Nativity learn to draw and all things Nativity for kids; free printable

Christmas Photo Gift Tags-SAMPLE2     What God wants for Christmas3 A4    What God wants for Christmas1-SAMPLE




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7 thoughts on “Christmas Nativity ~ FREE Crafts for Kids

  1. Pingback: Christmas ~ Links (Master List) | Paper Gifts for Estefany

  2. Thank you so much for this site! My son and I have enjoyed making some of these crafts. It’s not often you come across a site that offers free downloads this nice. I had no problem downloading the templates. Thanks again, we will be visiting often.


  3. Pingback: Oh Holy Night ~ FREE Nativity Playset | Paper Gifts for Estefany

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