Kids Sunday School Christmas Crafts: Stand up Nativity Shepherd, angels and wise men

Teacher and Kids Sunday School Activity Instructions

Kid's stand up additions to our easy to make nativity with Joseph, Mary,
Baby Jesus

Teachers Guide for completing the set of children's Christmas Nativity - Creche

Angels, Shepherd and Wise men
Kid's Paper Nativity figures of stand up 3D Angels, shepherd and Wise men to complete your manger scene

set to color or already mostly colored
(Yes, the angel looks the same from the Annunciation craft, but is a different size)

These people and angels go with our SMALL AND LARGE basic nativity.

Whether you call them wise men or kings, they are the bearer of special gifts for the baby Jesus. After the excitement of Christmas Day had passed, tradition has it that the wise men arrived on the 12th night (January 6). For they were quite a distance when they saw the (natal) star in the east signifying the birth of Jesus when they began their journey.

For our large, standing "make the manger scene" paper people are about 3 inches tall when finished.

All that is needed is to guide the children to cut carefully and to fold or re-fold on all dashed lines.

Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2: 1-20
2-6 (grade 1 if good cutters)
Sunday School Christmas Craft

Copies of the activity pages for each student
-please use the heaviest paper possible.

Markers or crayons
Glue (white glue would be better than glue sticks)

About the 3 kings and gifts

What were the gifts of the wise men? Gold, frankincense and myrrh. What are these things?

Gold is a precious metal.Who has seen any gold? Does anybody you know have any gold earrings or necklace or ring?

What is frankincense and what is it used for?
Frankincense is sap from special trees (for older kids: Sap is sometimes called tree blood). It can be dried or hardened and burned, or pounded into powder and put into an oil. The smell of frankincense is said to make us think about (represent) life. Some Judaic, Christian, and Islamic faiths have used frankincense mixed with oils to anoint newborn babies. Some traditions say eating frankincense is healthy! It was very costly and is still available today.
What is myrrh and what is it used for?
Myrrh comes from trees too. It is from the sap too. It has been so valuable at times in ancient history that it was equal to its weight in gold. It can be a scented oil, something like a perfume. It may still be used in some churches and burned as an incense- a sacred (holy) smell. It was also put on wounds to help heal them and for other medical uses.

Who were the wise men?
Who were the 3 kings?

Though not in the Bible, historians say the 3 wise men were Melchior (Mel-key-or), Caspar (Almost like the friendly ghost) and Belthazar (belth-ha-zar). It is said Melchior brought the gold, Caspar chose the frankincense, so Belthazar brought the ____________ (let them answer).

When is the twelfth night?
January 6.


More Teacher info
Choose from
1 the colored set
2 uncolored set

Read the instructions before class so you can guide the kids.If you want to see construction photos, go to our basic 3D stand up nativity instruction page.


1 Cut out the figures on the heavy solid OUTLINES

2 Fold on every dashed line of every figure. Be sure the fold is Sharp. gently pinch your fingers along the fold. It is important if to do it carefully so the figures will stand.
3 Make one at a time. Put a glue dot on the INSIDE (uncolored side) of each Head. Match as best you can the top back to the top front of the head.
You may re-press your folds to make the person
stand up.

4 Left is a side view. You may want to crimp the base as shown. The crimp is simply an inward fold on the bottom made by bringing the front and back together, tucking in the base and then pressing together gently. Then stick your finger inside to re-widen the base. This is done just so the base isn't rounded on the bottom -in which case the figure rocks and rolls!

These are all provided as Microsoft Word Documents to minimize printing issues. You will be asked if you prefer to open or save the file. The choice is yours. (You can always save it after you open it as another option.)

         Use black and white or color printer.


        Use color printer        THESE GO WITH OUR SMALL NATIVITY

(This one is landscape in your printer)

         Use black and white or color printer.

LARGE SET - standing figures about 3 inches tall.

This set has only one angel.


*About the materials used in our projects:
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from the Sunday School Director of Christian Education of Faith Congregational Church, Mount Prospect, Illinois

©2011 Jo Dibbern

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