The Nativity Preschool Crafts and Printables

nativity story illustration with mary, joseph, baby jesus, stable, ox, donkey

Are you still amazed at Mary’s humble response to Gabriel’s announcement? The NET translation shares Luke 1:38 this way.

So Mary said, “Yes, I am a servant of the Lord; let this happen to me according to your word.”

This is the first lesson and preschool crafts packet in my weekly lesson series following the Jesus Storybook Bible. December lessons follow the announcement to Mary and the events following in Luke and Matthew. The Nativity preschool crafts and activities provide a variety of hands-on learning opportunities.

You’ll find a rebus story that will build sight word recognition and printable images to allow your child to retell the story. There is a diorama to cut and glue along with copywork and coloring pages. Each weekly lesson packet includes enough activities for a whole week of Bible learning fun.

To use the Retell the Story images, print the pages on cardstock. Cut out each individual image. Then laminate for extra durability. For cardstock, you can glue craft sticks to the back. If you laminate the images, I would use tape to adhere the craft sticks. Keep the craft stick images in a Ziploc bag for future use.

retell the nativity story with craft stick images

I started making Bible story dioramas during my years as the craft lady for our Wednesday night AWANA’s program. Taking home a 3D craft gave them an opportunity to retell the story to their parents. The diorama tradition continues in many of the lesson packets.

Print the diorama page and the characters on regular copy paper. Following the instructions included with the packet, cut, fold, and glue to make this reminder of Jesus’ arrival.

diorama craft for the nativity story

If you are using the lesson with an early reader, your child will recognize many of the sight words in the rebus story. I used the Dolch sight words lists for PreK, Kindergarten, and First Grade as a guide when writing these stories.  These pages can be printed on regular copy paper.

nativity rebus story pages

Each lesson includes copywork and coloring pages for developing fine motor skills.

examples of copywork and coloring pages for the nativity story

The rest of the Nativity preschool crafts and activities help your child practice cutting skills, color recognition, letter recognition, and math skills. Print the memory game and the number puzzle on cardstock and laminate for durability before cutting. The I Spy page, the maze, and the number activity sheet can be laminated or slipped inside a page protector for use with dry erase markers.

examples of printable activities for the birth of Jesus

May the reading and retelling of this story bring you a sense of awe and wonder this year.

Weekly Lessons Following the Jesus Storybook Bible

description of lessons that follow jesus storybook bible

As we begin the church’s new year, I’m creating weekly lessons following the Jesus Storybook Bible. The lessons are digital downloads you can print at home and will be available from my new shop. 

This begins the fulfillment of a dream I’ve had on my heart for almost 30 years. In my years as a volunteer children’s ministry leader and Sunday School teacher, I’ve written my own lessons and created crafts and coloring pages to enhance the learning process. This blog has been a place to share many of those crafts and printables. This new weekly lesson series covers the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and is especially designed for 4-7 year olds.

The activity packets for each lesson are written for preschoolers to early readers. Along with pages to help you and your child read and retell the story, you will find worksheets to practice the alphabet and learn math skills. 

The initial lessons in December include the stories of the nativity, the shepherds and meeting Simeon and Anna, the Wise Men, and a final lesson to connect the stories.

In January, the lessons begin with the story of creation and follow the table of contents of the Jesus Storybook Bible.

scope and sequence for upcoming jesus storybook bible lessons

Free resources for each lesson will be available and the full lesson activity packet can be purchased in the shop.

You can save time and money by subscribing the Storybook Bible Fun Club. Each month’s lessons will be delivered to your email inbox in plenty of time for you to plan weekly and daily Bible story time with your child.

Each weekly lesson packet includes enough activities for a whole week of Bible Fun.

jesus storybook lessons table what is included

I pray that these lessons will provide you some focused time with your child learning the truth about God’s love.


Story of Noah Crafts and Printables

The story of Noah in the Jesus Storybook Bible is entitled, “The New Beginning” and reminds me that sometimes new beginnings take a long time. All the ridicule Noah received made his faith in God all the more important.

The story of Noah is found in Genesis 6-9. The video is available here.

Check out all the links for resources from some wonderful teachers and writers.

New Story of Noah Coloring Pages

In addition to the links below, I’ve created coloring pages of the rain and the rainbow.

Click here to download the Story of Noah and the Rainbow coloring pages.


Easy paper plate Noah’s Ark craft with a printable on A Kid’s Heart

A coffee filter rainbow with how-to details from Make and Takes

A rainbow craft stick sign with Grace Parenting

A simple origami Noah’s Ark with Origami-Make

A 3D Noah’s Ark with Sunday School Kids

A colorful tot book with Lapbooks by Carisa

A printable rainbow to color or collage