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The days leading up to Christmas is exciting for both parents and children. A great way to keep children occupied and during those days is by filling the days with activities, crafts and, dare I say, baking? I have a long list of desserts I’m ready to make with the girls and have already started on daily Advent activities like learning songs, scriptures and the history of Christmas. My girls love to stay busy and often ask to make a craft. I’m not the most creative when it comes to crafting, but I had the simplest idea and answer to their latest crafting request–an easy manger craft made of popsicle sticks. This craft also sparked a discussion about the meaning of Christmas.
My crafts are never fully thought out ahead of time. I am typically scrambling around to find items around the house that will get the job done because I’m no Pinterest queen. One recent evening my girls asked to “do something” around 5:00pm. At the time I was finishing up some work while trying to pacify our infant. I whipped up this craft for the girls and here is what I came up with.
Supplies I Used
construction paper or card stock
twine or ribbon
I made a manger or house shape with the popsicle sticks, starting with a three-sided square and finishing it off with a “roof”. While that dried I drew stars to cut out and attach to the manger.
You can download and cut out these stars to save some time.
Then I punched a hole in the top of the star and attached my twine with a simple knot, leaving one end of the twine out to attach to the manger. The star hangs in the center of the manger as a reminder of the star of Christmas, Jesus Christ.
You can hang these around the house or on the Christmas tree! Painting or coloring the sticks with marker, adding glitter and ribbon will turn this simple manger craft into an ornament your kids can keep around for years to come.
Christmas crafts are also a way to share the story and history of Jesus and the holiday. Using books and videos to convey messages is an easy and colorful way to help children understand a subject. I’ve compiled a small list of books that can accompany you during your next craft or Christmas activity.
Christ-Centered Christmas Books
You can find out more about each book by clicking the images.