Kid's Christmas Craft: Easy to make nativity with Joseph,
Baby Jesus in a manger, sheep, donkey and stable. 3D Stand up paper creche
Teachers Guide for making the children's Christmas Nativity - Creche
|Kid's Perfect Paper Nativity - stand up 3D|
Regular or LARGE size
"Nativity" pretty much means "Birth".
The word's origin is usually credited to be from "natal" a
Latin word meaning "birth".
At this time our nativity scene includes 6 stand up pieces: Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus in a manger, the stable with 2 sheep out back, the donkey Mary rode to Bethlehem, and a standing sheep.
It looks harder than it is! All that is needed is to guide the children to cut carefully and to fold or re-fold on all dashed lines.
Where does the nativity scene belong in your house? Almost anywhere! Tradition has it that it goes under the Christmas tree, but many homes put it on a special table. It can go on the kitchen table, on your dresser, on a night stand or any place of honor in your house.
For older kids, it can be considered a PERSONAL NATIVITY FOR YOUR ROOM.
What is a creche?
A creche is The Nativity scene by another name. In old French, it was from a word like "(baby) crib", but has become popular in the american language as just another way to say, The Nativity". Seems it can be spelled both ways, and sometimes creche has an accent over the second "c".
|Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2: 1-20|
|2-6 (grade 1 if good cutters)|
|Sunday School Christmas Craft|
Read the instructions before class so you can guide the kids.
Make the stable first and let it dry while making the figures.
The nativity scene setup would be that Mary is kneeling at the manger with baby Jesus in it. Joseph is bringing an oil lamp to Mary (remember they had no electricity then). Tell the children this setup idea, but be prepared for individualistic interpretations.
Manger: A box, usually wood, filled with hay that the animals in the stable would eat from.
Oil Lamp: Instead of lights like we have today, the people in Jesus' time used clay lamps, (sometimes they looked a lot like a Thanksgiving gravy server). The lamp would be filled with olive oil or other oil and lit (set on fire) - something like a candle would be.
|Both size nativities use the same instructions|
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Sunday School Resources FOR KIDS
from the Sunday School Director of Christian Education of Faith Congregational Church, Mount Prospect, Illinois