Yesterday my Sunday school class read about Jesus’ birth in The Jesus Storybook Bible (affiliate link). Then we made a craft that Janna especially has loved playing with. We made this cute baby Jesus in the manger craft.
Baby Jesus has been wrapped and unwrapped in his swaddling clothes more times than I can count and seems to enjoy his manger bed.
Here’s how you can make this craft, too.
- Paper Lunch Sack
- Small Wooden Craft Spoon
- Cotton Gauze (like for bandaging wounds)
1. Cut the paper lunch sack at the fold like in the picture below.
2. Write “Mary wrapped up baby Jesus and laid him in a manger. Luke 2:1-7” or something similar on the bottom part of the sack.
3. Cut the remainder of the paper sack into thin strips to act as straw.
I cut the along the side seams of the sack and then cut each half in half lengthwise. I then placed all 4 pieces in a stack and cut them into thin strips.
4. Draw a face on the wooden craft spoon.
5. Cut a 4 inch strip of gauze.
6. Wrap the spoon with the gauze just like baby Jesus was wrapped in swaddling clothes.
Optional: Cut a piece of thin cardboard to fit inside the sack to help it stand up better.
7. Put the paper strips inside the sack.
8. Place baby Jesus in the manger.
As you can see, this is a simple craft but it has really been a great reminder about how baby Jesus was born.
On a funny side note, Janna has loved playing with all of our Nativity sets during the past week. Today she was playing with some of my more breakable Nativity sets.
I explained to her which one was Joseph and which was Mary. She said, “No, that’s me.” as she pointed to Mary. Then she pointed to Joseph and said, “That’s Joshua.”
Apparently, she is a little confused by the fact that all of these Nativity sets have a Joseph (like her brother) and not a Janna (or Joshua or James or Julia). 🙂
If you would like to try another Jesus in the manger craft here is an idea.
If you want to see more of my Sunday school crafts please click the link below.
I am excited to be part of a Jesus Storybook Bible Blog Hop that My Mundane and Miraculous Life is hosting. Be sure to check out all of the great crafts and activities others have created to go with this wonderful book.
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