Inspiring Creativity with a Fun Baby Jesus Craft

Inspiring Creativity with a Fun Baby Jesus Craft

There is no better time than Christmas to inspire creativity and have fun while doing crafts. This year, I looked to the Bible for ideas and was inspired to make a baby Jesus craft. “Hark! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger." Luke 2:12. The most iconic image of the nativity is baby Jesus lying in the manger.

 

This scene had been prophesied in the Old Testament and had long been awaited by God’s chosen people. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.” Isaiah 9:6-7. This is a great theme to center a baby Jesus craft around. The craft I’ll be sharing today is appropriate for children ages 4–10 and is easy enough that you can do it at home, school, sunday school, or for a children’s ministry! Gather the kids around and reflect on the miracle of Christ’s birth while creating baby Jesus in a manger.

 

Gathering Craft Supplies Baby Jesus Craft Play Instructional Video

Before you get started with your baby Jesus craft, make sure you watch our instructional video and have all the following supplies on hand for each child doing the craft:

  1. Scissors

  2. Glue

  3. Cardstock or heavy paper

  4. Brown paper bag

  5. Old newspaper or paper shreds

  6. Yellow construction or tissue paper

  7. Baby Jesus craft printable (Click here to download and print)

  8. Colored pencils, markers, or crayons

  9. Additional items for embellishment, such as glitter or strips of cloth

 

Once you have gathered all of the supplies for your baby Jesus craft, consider preparing the children’s hearts and minds before jumping right into the project.

 

Sharing the Story

In order to fully experience the joy of this craft, I recommend you start at the beginning: the story of Christ’s birth. There are a few different places in the Bible that depict this scene, but here’s my personal favorite. Reflect on this passage and briefly share your thoughts with the children to prepare their hearts and minds before getting started on the baby Jesus craft.

 

Matthew 1: 18-25 (NIV) says, “This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.”

 

Helping the Kids to Connect

After reading this passage from the Bible, be prepared to encourage the children to think and have an open dialogue as they work through the step-by-step instructions for the baby Jesus craft. Here are some questions you may want to ask them:

 
  1. How do you think Mary and Joseph felt while waiting for baby Jesus to be born? Do you think they were anxious, afraid, excited? (Ask this question while they are coloring or cutting out the baby Jesus)

  2. What do you think Mary and Joseph did to make sure the newborn King was comfortable in the manger? (Ask this question as the children are cutting strips of paper for the hay)

  3. Do you know why the star is important in the Christmas story? (Ask this question while they are coloring or gluing the star to the manger)

 

Worship the Newborn King

Music is another way that I love to praise and worship Jesus, so finding a way to incorporate with this craft makes it even more special. I have so much gratefulness in my heart for the gift I’ve received because of the birth of our King. One of my favorite Christmas songs that helps me express this is “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”. This song fills my heart with gladness and proclaims with such joy of a King being born. As you’re preparing to start your craft, maybe you’d like to sing this or some other joyful Christmas songs to worship Jesus. Here is the first verse to get you started:

 

Hark the herald angels sing

"Glory to the newborn King"

Peace on earth, and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled

Joyful all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With angelic host proclaim

"Christ is born in Bethlehem"

Hark the herald angels sing

"Glory to the newborn King"

 

Getting Started with the Baby Jesus Craft

After you’ve helped the children prepare their young hearts and minds, you can start working on your craft. Below are the step by step instructions. Keep in mind that everyone’s baby Jesus craft will turn out a little bit differently, and that’s just fine. Inspire the children to be creative and make their baby Jesus craft unique in some way. 

  1. Color the baby Jesus and star. (Markers or crayons are best)

  2. Use the scissors to cut out baby Jesus and the star.

  3. Trace the baby Jesus and star onto the cardstock, adding a 3”X4” tab on the bottom of baby Jesus to help it stand up.

  4. Use the scissors to cut out the shapes you’ve traced onto the cardstock.

  5. Glue the baby Jesus and star to heavy paper or cardstock. Recycle the paper scraps and set aside.

  6. Get your brown paper bag and remove the handles, if any.

  7. Draw a square window on each side of the paper bag. (Round the corners of your square, if desired)

  8. Gently open your brown paper bag and cut out the square shaped windows on the sides of your brown paper bag.

  9. Prepare small crumpled pieces out of the newspaper or shredded paper.

  10. Fill the brown paper bag about ¾ full with the crumpled newspaper or shredded paper.

  11. Cut long, skinny strips of yellow construction or tissue paper about 1” wide for hay.

  12. Place yellow strips of “hay” in the manger to fully cover the crumpled newspaper.

  13. Place baby Jesus on top of the “hay” making sure the tab is stuck down and baby Jesus sits straight in the manger.

  14. Using the glue, bring the windows of the bag together to make a handle for the basket.

  15. Glue your star to the handle at top of brown paper bag.

  16. If you choose to embellish your baby Jesus craft, you may want to add some glitter to make the star stand out. Another idea is to glue small strips of cloth onto baby Jesus to serve as swaddling clothes.

 

When the baby Jesus craft is finished, it will look like baby Jesus lying the manger with the star of David above. What a glorious sight! When we come together to understand the birth of Christ and how God sent His only son to be our savior, we can feel the peace of our Lord in us. “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well,” 1 John 5:1 (NIV). Understanding His birth brings an amazing perspective on our lives. Jesus calls us to live in his image, for He is a gift, graciously given to us by God. He gives us strength to live in His image. I have found this teaching to be so important in my journey with Christ.

 

Thank you for letting me share this baby Jesus craft with you and your children. I feel so blessed to serve the families who enroll with Enlightium Academy. It is a joy and honor to share with you in your academic journey, and your journey in Christ, especially during this joyous time of year. Merry Christmas and peace be with you.

 

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