Craft a Nativity Set (Nativity Craft Ideas For Little Kids)

Nativity sets are such a great thing to have around during the Advent and Christmas season. They’re a great hands-0n tool for teaching kids the true Christmas story. However, if nativity sets are going to be a hands-on tool for kids, you’ve got to have a few they can actually touch. While there are nativity sets for children you can purchase, sometimes it is more cost effective and more fun to craft one yourself! It doesn’t have to be complicated, and there are tons of different ways you can craft a nativity set. So here is a round up of ways you can craft your own nativity set with kids this Christmas season! 

Nativity Crafts for Kids

DIY Yarn Doll Nativity

It is so inexpensive and easy to make your own nativity set from yarn dolls! These are a great addition to your holiday craft line up!

Yarn dolls in a Nativity scene

Check out this DIY children’s Christmas treasury that you illustrate yourself with handprints! It’s called Holidays In Handprints and it includes multiple nativity pages for small children. 

Holidays in Handprints

Printable Nativity Set Crafts

This easy printable nativity ornament is available in my Advent Saint pack. It can print in color to be ready to assemble, or it can print in black and white so your kids can color their own. This one can be a great craft for a whole classroom!

Printable nativity craft for kids

This popsicle stick nativity set is free to print and a fun way to make super easy nativity puppets for preschoolers. 

Homeschool Preschool has this really adorable 3D printable nativity that is perfect for preschoolers!

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By far a Catholic Icing favorite, here’s a pirntable nativity set that’s available totally for free. You can print them and glue each figure around a toilet paper tube, or you can print them on cardstock, roll them into a cylinder, and staple them together. This is super fun and kids love being a part of this!

Paper standees in a Nativity scene

You can find my printable peg doll nativity set here– these are a favorite at our house! 

Peg doll nativity scene

Check out this nativity art project for kids, really great for pretty much any age group!

How to Draw a Chalk Pastel Nativity

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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  1. Lenetta @ Nettacow says

    Ooh, I love Nativity sets! My MIL found me one to sew, it's Simplicity 8776 in case anybody else is looking for one like that. There are SO many cute ones out there!! I'll be linking to this on one of my link roundups – thanks for sharing!

  2. we've been collecting toilet paper rolls all last month, so we can make your nativity scene craft. soon I hope.

  3. I am thinking of making the tp nativity set for my Head Start class. I love all the ideas!

  4. Robbie @ Going Green Mama says

    We made the toilet paper nativity on Sunday. Took about an hour for us to create, but the kids love it!

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  6. Cindy Heckel says

    I love the tp nativity set and would like to use it at church with a group of about 20 kids. However when I try to download it all I get is a blank screen. No pdf comes up. Can you email it to me at THANKS a bundle!