How to Make a Manger this Christmas
The other day I was crafting with my 2-year-old and we made a paper plate angel (part of the crafts for a year program, sign up here )! Well as soon as we finished our paper plate angel Emory threw it on the floor and said, “Baby Jesus”. Now I am not one to usually give into demands, however, I felt as though this was a good time to see what I could come up with. So using a stick of hot glue, popsicle sticks and paper I was able to make a manger. I also became my daughter’s hero all at once, what can beat that? So, today I am going to show you how to make a manger with baby Jesus!
Supplies to Make a Manger:
Yellow Construction Paper
Felt or fabric(Swaddling clothes)
8 popsicle sticks
Directions to Make a Manger:
First, cut two of the popsicle sticks in half. I found that I could snap them with my fingers and then it was easier to cut off the splintered edge. Make sure all four pieces are the same size.
Then, hot glue along the side of the popsicle stick. Stick another against it. Repeat so that three popsicle sticks are together. (Call this set A) Do the same with the other three (Called set B)
Hot glue the top of set A and press the side of set B against it so that it makes a V.
Next is the legs of the manger. Hot glue along the side you cut. Place on manger. (See Picture) Finish with all four legs.
Then, cut strips of yellow paper. This is a great time for your child to practice cutting skills.
Next, glue the strips of paper onto the popsicle sticks for the hay.
Now, for baby Jesus. I pretty much just made an ice cream cone and flipped it over to create baby Jesus.
Finally, cut out a rectangle piece of felt or fabric this is his swaddling clothes.
Emory really enjoyed her baby Jesus. She played with him for about an hour after we made him and more since. Melody enjoys telling the entire story of Jesus’ birth using the manger. While it may seem complicated, I promise it really isn’t. It is easy and enjoyable for kids. Helping to remember why we celebrate Christmas in the first place!
Tip: you may want to use card stock paper for baby Jesus. I have had to make more of them because Emory loves to play with him so much.