Baby Jesus Crafts and Activities (Encourage Good Deeds For Advent)

If you’re going to take the time to craft with kids this time of year, you may as well make it meaningful, and concentrate on what’s really going on. After all, Jesus is the reason for the season! These crafts can also be used to make a manger for Baby Jesus. You add a piece of straw to Jesus’ manger each time to do a good deed or make a sacrifice during Advent. The more you do during Advent, the softer Baby Jesus’ bed is for Christmas morning! 🙂

Make a yarn wrapped baby Jesus craft

Make a cuddly sock baby Jesus. There’s no sewing involved, he’s super easy, and kids love him!

super easy sock baby jesus christmas craft for preschoolers

Here is a craft that is specifically set up to make as a “good deed manger.” This is cheap and easy to make, so you can do it with a whole class, or each of your kids can make their own.


I love this religious candy cane craft- “J is for Jesus.” Super cute and fun for kids.


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Here is another super easy Baby Jesus craft for kids that doesn’t take any expensive supplies. (I used it for “E is for Emmanuel” in our Catholic ABC’s curriculum.)

If you’re looking for a fun edible project, check out these Baby Jesus cookies! No baking required, and even preschoolers can assemble their own meaningful Christmas snack. 🙂

away in a manger cookies for pinterest

You may also like my “How To Draw Baby Jesus In A Manger Video“, a great option for older kids. 

If you’re looking for a Baby Jesus song, try the classic “Away in a Manger.” This is a great song for all age groups, even little kids!

More Nativity Resources For Families

You do not want to miss my nativity round up for kids that includes crafts, book suggestions, traditions, songs, printables, and more! Check it out now.

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