Nativity Themed Advent Calendar

If I am completely honest here, this was something that I was going to make FOR the children rather than WITH them. I started making it whilst the youngest two were playing yesterday afternoon but I was long before Miss almost 4 wandered over to help…

Over the years, I’ve learnt to just go with the flow. I never turn the children away if they want to make something with me, even if the end result doesn’t end up as intended. As you can see – we have a pond next to the stable where Jesus was born and a lot of bling on the roof, but Z did love making with me and we also go to talk about the nativity scene along the way!

If you want to make this (with or without you children’s help) here’s how.

You will need:

  • A piece of cardboard
  • A selection of crayons or paint sticks
  • Gems (optional)
  • Mini stickers
  • Permanent Marker
  • Clothes peg
  • Star – we used an old salt dough decoration but it could also be drawn on)
  • Glue or a gluegun

What to do:

Start by drawing an outline of the nativity scene on the card. We used the Usborne book featured above as inspiration.

Add colour with the paints / pens of your choice – we just got out a bit of everything here!

Once coloured, write the numbers 1 – 25 onto some small dot stickers and place along the top of the cardboard. We opted for blue so that it blended in with the background.

Next we added some sparkles to the sky to act as the stars – as you can see, Z also decorated the roof too! Shake off any extra sequins and use another time.

Finally, I used the glue gun to attach an old salt dough star to a clothes peg. The intention here is to move it along each day – almost like the three kings are following the star in the sky.

So there we have it, a collaborative piece between me and my almost 4 year old! This is something that we will keep and bring out each Christmas.

Key Benefits

  • Creativity: whilst I don’t usually do planned crafts with the children anymore, this activity still allowed Z to put her stamp on the piece.
  • Fine motor skills: holding the crayons, gluing down sequins AND squeezing the peg to move the star.
  • Early Maths: counting the days until Christmas Day
  • Religious Education: introducing / retelling the story of Jesus
  • Language: similar to above, but introducing the key names and allowing the children to put the story into their own words.
  • Family Time: collaborative art is a great way to spend time together.

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