Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Nativity Silhouette Pre-K Craft

This week, we're turning from the legends surrounding the holidays, to the truth behind the Christmas we celebrate.

2 Peter 1:16 (New Living Translation) text copied from BibleGateway.com
16 For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the powerful coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We saw his majestic splendor with our own eyes

Everyday we hope to read a small piece of the story, and then do a craft, or activity to go along with it. Our tradition is for the Man of the House to read the story in it's entirety, on Christmas morning, before we open the presents. So, this is kind of setting the groundwork for that.

We started out with the birth of Christ, from Luke 2: 1-7, jumping right into the middle of story.

Luke 2
The Birth of Jesus
1 At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. 2 (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. 4 And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. 5 He took with him Mary, his fiancĂ©e, who was now obviously pregnant.
6 And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. 7 She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them

The craft I picked, for the younger girls, to go along with the text, was simple enough, but it did require some prep.

Before I called in the girls, I used a template from
Under My Umbrella via Mama Smiles, to cut two, partial nativity silhouettes, for each girl.

Then, using glue, with some food coloring added to the bottle, I outlined a stained glass window, on the sticky side, of half sheets of contact paper.

While that dried, I used the bit of the template, cut from inside the stable, and the star, to cut through both sides of folded pieces of blue construction paper.

Then, I set the girls up with the contact paper, and some edible paint (corn syrup, with food coloring, an idea from Fun Snacks 4 Kids). The girls were very excited about the paint. They used it to fill in the window shapes, with different colors, and the entire background with yellow.

Once we were finished with the paint, and hands (and table, and floor...) were washed, the girls glued the stable, Mary, Joseph, and Baby, around the openings, on each side, of the construction paper sheets. I helped them line the people up, so they matched on both sides.

Then, we (E and I), punched some extra holes, with a hole punch, for the normal stars in the sky, around the Christmas star.

They spread the inside of the construction paper with glue...

...and we placed in their, almost dry (okay, completely not dry), paintings.

And, when they were completely dry, the girls taped them to the windows, for the light to shine through.

For more Bible themed crafts, and activities, check out this week's Bible Alive! Tuesday link-up, hosted by The Fantastic Five.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Christy Killoran said...


Chelsea said...

What a gorgeous idea. I am definitely planning to do this one. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Oooooooo- so pretty! I think this will be a craft for my Sunday School Class to do next year...

Jackie Higgins said...

Great craft. LOVE that verse. Thanks for sharing that.

Ticia said...

Pretty! So remembering this to do next year.

Debbie said...

This is so gorgeous. I love the way it turned out.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Holy smokes, look at all that snow! (And yes, absolutely lovely craft. We'll bookmark this for next year.)

MaryAnne said...

So beautiful! I love the painted background!

maggy, red ted art said...

Oh my this is so pretty! Love the stained glass and the nativity.


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Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

This looks so pretty, and I also like your glittery puppets. Anna would have probably gone wild about glitter :)