Baby Jesus in a Manger Craft for Kids

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Although the Bible doesn’t mention the exact date of Jesus’ birth, December tends to be the main month wherein we remember the moment God’s Son took on humanity.

God loves us so much that He gave us His only begotten Son. He left heaven to trade it with a poor and humble life; a life of being rejected, despised, and persecuted.

Personally, I believe that the story of His crucifixion and resurrection is the greatest as this is the one which ultimately saved us. But for now, let’s focus on our last Christmas craft of 2019.

Bible Verses About the Birth of Jesus

Before we go into our nativity craft, let’s have a look at a few famous Bible verses about the birth of Jesus. You can use these to read to your child as an introduction to the craft.

‘And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God’ {Luke 1:35 KJV}

‘Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost’ {Matthew 1:18 KJV}

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn’ {Luke 2:7 KJV}

‘For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord’ {Luke 2:11 KJV}

‘And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger’ {Luke 2:12 KJV}

‘Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him’ {Matthew 2:1-2 KJV}

Baby Jesus in a Manger Craft

We started our nativity crafts with the angel who came to announce to Mary that she’d be expecting a Child. In our second Christmas craft, I taught my three year old about Jesus being born in a stable because there was no room for them anywhere else.

Today, I will share with you our third Christmas activity: baby Jesus in a manger. This is a perfect craft for toddlers and preschoolers; one they’ll surely love doing.


  • White A4 paper
  • Blue paint (or any other colour)
  • Yellow paint
  • Paint brushes
  • White felt
  • Light pink paper
  • Black marker
  • Glue
  • Fork
  • Scissors


  • Ask your child what colour paint they want to use for the manger. My daughter wanted blue.
  • Get all the paints ready to get started
  • Cut out an oval shape using the white felt
  • Cut out a circle from the light pink paper for Jesus’ face


Cover the bottom of your child’s feet with the blue paint. Make sure they keep both feet still from the floor, and paint them at the same time if possible.

Your child may need help with the next step. If so, you can gently place their feet in a V-shape on the white paper. Else they can try and do it themselves. Once the manger is finished, they can start creating the hay with the fork and yellow paint.

While you let the paint dry a bit, you can glue the face of baby Jesus on the white felt. Then draw a face with the black marker. Glue baby Jesus in the middle of the manger and…

Done! Your baby Jesus in a manger craft is ready to shine on your fridge or wall.

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