This adorable Baby Jesus in the manger craft for kids is a great way to share the story of His birth with children!
We all know that Christmas is a time for family togetherness, memories, and gifts. But, it’s also about the TRUE reason for the season: Jesus Christ. I always try to include Christ-centered activities in the holiday season as much as possible. I want my kids to know that Christmas is about WAY more than presents and candy!
Baby Jesus in a Manger Craft for Kids
That’s why this painting craft for kids is so much fun – and very meaningful. What child doesn’t like to grab some paint and create a beautiful picture?
Our Baby Jesus painting project goes along great with any lesson about the nativity or Bethlehem. It reminds us why we celebrate Christmas – because it is the day He was born. It also shows how Jesus’ life began, nestled in a manger.
This fun Christmas activity uses one simple tool to create the manger – a plastic fork! Yes, the same utensil you eat dinner with is now being used as an artist’s tool. Kids will be excited to get to use a fork to paint. Plus, their artwork can be proudly displayed in the home during each holiday season.
Looking for more nativity-centered crafts? Give out Nativity-Inspired Star Slime a try!
Baby Jesus Painting Project Tutorial
Supplies You Need:
- Baby Jesus Template
- White Cardstock paper
- Paints: blue, yellow, brown and skin color
- Paper plate
- Paint brush
- Black marker
- Glue stick
- 2 plastic forks
- Googly eyes (optional)
First print out the template on white cardstock.
Next, paint the circle the skin color and the long oval blue. This will become the baby Jesus.
Now pour the brown and yellow paint onto the plate.
Then dip the underside of the fork prongs into the brown paint.
Starting in the center of the white cardstock, drag the fork from the middle outwards. TIP: Drag the fork lightly to create longer lines.
Continue going from the center of the paper outwards until the whole page is covered in brown fork lines.
Now repeat with the yellow. You don’t have to wait for the brown paint to dry. The combined colors create a nice straw-like appearance.
Next cut the painted circle and oval from the template.
Glue the head to the body and draw on a face. You can use googly eyes as well.
Glue the Baby Jesus in the manger and the craft is complete!