Two simple songs we have been singing this Christmas are Away in a Manger and Silent Night. Our three and a half year old has been making lots of Nativity themed crafts in Sunday School and at home, and those two songs are a perfect way to talk about why we celebrate Christmas.
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I saw a funny meme on facebook the other day that featured the Little People Nativity. It had a picture of baby Jesus being pulled in the cart behind the donkey. It reminded me of the many times I have seen my boys playing with the Little People Nativity at their grandparents’ house. I’ve definitely seen many creative interpretations of the nativity set while my boys play.
In case you are in a similar situation, I have a few ideas to focus on the reason for the season.
Teach Away in a Manger
- listen to different recordings of the song, if you are not familiar with Away in a Manger (there are 2 different melodies)
- teach motions to go along with the song
- read Luke 2 and talk about what the story means
- read a children’s book about baby Jesus
I took my older son to his first Christmas concert last week. It was put on by the school where I used to teach. His favorite part was the trumpet playing Away in a Manger. It’s such a well loved song! If you’re looking for a children’s recording, I’d recommend the Cedarmont kids version.
Make an easy nativity
To go along with teaching Away in a Manger, you can make a nativity to help engage your visual learners.
You can color a simple picture of Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus or print one online. You could use card stock to make them sturdier, cut them out individually and stand them up by folding the bottom edge of the paper backwards.
When I was in elementary, I watched an older version of the Superbook video series, and they made a nativity by tracing bowls onto construction paper. You’ll need a couple different sizes of bowls, as well as scissors. After you have traced the bowl, make a cut from one edge of the circle to the middle of the circle. Then you connect the sides to form a cone shape using tape or glue. Cut the top off, and then use a cotton ball or wooden ball for the head.
I found a couple simple nativities online, as well, like this one from happy home fairy and this tissue paper nativity craft from little wonders’ days.
What are some of your favorite Nativity crafts?