Warning: Depending on the ages of your kids, this activity may get messy.
- Be prepared with mops and rags to soak up any spillage.
- If you are worried about kids wetting their clothes, inform them in advance to bring a change of clothes.
Download and print the Nativity Silhouettes Printable. Print using a laser printer.
You will need 2 different pictures per child, so each printed copy can be shared amongst 4 kids.
Print extra copies in case some get damaged during the activity.
Make 1 Nativity Light-up Jar in advance. (Follow the instructions below.)
You will need to show kids your sample Nativity Light-up Jar.
You will need for each child:
- 1 set of Nativity Silhouettes (2 different pictures per child: One of Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus, the other of the shepherds and angel.)
- Transparent Packing Tape (1.88 inches wide)
- A tub or bowl of water (Plastic food containers work well. You just need enough water to fully submerge the silhouettes )
- Transparent Plastic Jar with smooth surface
- Battery operated Fairy Lights
Making the Nativity Light-up Jar
Pasting the sticky tape on the images:
1. Give each child 1 set of Nativity Silhouettes.
(Tip: If you cut the paper closer to the images, you will have less paper to rub off in the next step.)
2. Cut a strip of packing tape slightly longer than the image.
3. Carefully paste the packing tape over the image. Ensure that the entire image is nicely adhered to the tape.
(Some kids may need help with this. You may want to print extra copies in case some get damaged. For younger kids, you may want to paste these for them ahead of time.)
Removing the Paper:
1. Give each child a tub or bowl of water.
2. Place both pieces of silhouette images into the tub/bowl and ensure that they are fully submerged in water.
3. After a few minutes, place your fingers in the tub/bowl and gently rub the paper off the packing tape. The paper will slowly come off, leaving the transparent tape with silhouette images.
4. Once all the paper is has been rubbed off, remove the silhouette images from the water. Place them sticky side up on scrap paper to dry. This should take around 10 minutes.
5. While waiting, pack up all the items no longer needed: scissors, rolls of packing tape, tubs/bowls of water.
Pasting the Silhouettes on the Light-up Jar:
1. Give each child a plastic jar and fairy lights.
2. Once the silhouette images are dry, carefully paste the 2 images on opposite sides of the jar.
3. Switch on the fairy lights and place them inside the jar.
Christmas Sunday School Lessons
This craft is taken from the following Sunday School Lesson:
Get Them Curious
Prepare kids for an exciting
Do You Hear What I Hear
Players must shake 5 boxes and guess the number of bells each box contains.
Show kids a video on the
Angels Announce Jesus’ Birth
The Story of Christmas (Jesus and the Shepherds), by Saddleback Kids
Make it Stick
Help kids remember the
Kids re-tell the Christmas story about the angels and the shepherds with the help of a Word Search.
Help kids grasp
the big idea.
Nativity Light-up Jar
Kids make a Nativity Light-up Jar to share the story of the birth of Jesus.
Walk the Talk
Help kids live out
the big idea.
The first team to transfer a bowl of Lifesavers candies from one end of the room to the other using toothpicks wins!
Take it Home
Send kids home with a concrete action plan and fun midweek activities.
Jesus is our Lifesaver!
Give Lifesavers candy to your friends and use the opportunity to tell them that Jesus is our Lifesaver!
You may also use this craft with this Sunday School Lessons:
Christmas Bible Lessons
Refer to the following games for various Christmas Bible Lessons that you can use:
Angel Gabriel Appears to Mary (Luke 1:26-38; John 3:16) – Blanket Name Game
Birth of Jesus (Luke 2:1-7; John 3:16; Micah 5:2; Isaiah 9:6-7) – No More Room
Angels Appear to the Shepherds (Luke 2:8-20; John 3:16) – Do You Hear What I Hear
The Search for Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12; John 3:16) – Christmas Scavenger Hunt
The True Story of Christmas (Condensed) (Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-20; Matthew 2:1-12; John 3:16) – The Story of Christmas Minute To Win It Games
Gospel Presentation – Pile Up the Presents
Share the Gospel this Christmas
The holiday season presents an excellent opportunity to share the message of salvation.