DIY Printable Nativity for Kids

I made a printable nativity set for kids, and the best part is, it's free! :-)

Materials Needed:
  • About 13 Toilet Paper Tubes*
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Crayons
  • Printed Coloring Sheets

Directions for Completing Nativity Craft:
  • Print the Coloring Pages (links below)
  • Color with crayons
  • Cut out as indicated on the sheets
  • Glue around toilet paper tubes with glue stick. For most, just glue the bottom even with the bottom of the toilet paper tube and let the heads hang off the top. A few of the weird ones have directions below.

When gluing the angel, let her wings flap free where you cut them at the dotted line, and then curl them out slightly with your finger.

When gluing the empty stable, just glue each edge to a toilet paper tube half way around.

When gluing the palm tree, let the leaves you cut on the dotted line flap free so they stand out.

That's it! Now, here's the free printable sheets to get started on your nativity! :-)

Nativity Sheet 1 - Jesus in the manger and 2 camels

Nativity Sheet 2 - Mary and Joseph

Nativity Sheet 3 - Shepherd and a sheep

Nativity Sheet 4 - 2 Kings

Nativity Sheet 5 - 1 King and a Camel

Nativity Sheet 6 - Angel and a Donkey

Nativity Sheet 7 - A Sheep and a Palm Tree

Nativity Sheet 8 - Empty Stable

All printable coloring pages are my own artwork and are free for any not-for-profit use by individuals, families, or educational organizations. Copies may not be sold or reproduced for profit. If you'd like to post this project for others to find, I would ask that you link to my post and not my individual downloads. Thanks!

*If you don't have 13 toilet paper tubes, try using tubes from paper towels or gift wrap! :-) You could also consider leaving out some of the pieces.

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  1. Oh, my gosh! This is so adorable and so creative! The kids will love it!!!!! :)

  2. I LOVE this and your Blog we are catholic and will be visiting often I've been using my catholic Customs and Traditions book for kids alot this month!

  3. I love this!

    I am so excited about your blog, way to go!!

  4. So very creative! I've linked:

  5. Thank You for sharing this craft it is awesome, have just printed it and am heading to do the Nativity with my kids.

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  7. I just printed this off...I'll be sending an email to my friends in my Christian mom's group with a link to this!!! Thank you so much! =)

  8. Thank you for this template! I did printed them and did them with my three year old nephew. Here is the link to my post!
    Thanks again and Merry Christmas.

    Ps. I love your other Christmas projects as well!!

  9. Thank you so much for sharing this. My kids love to play with our "real" nativity and this will be a wonderful play thing for them while sparing mine!! Very generous of you to offer it.
    Have a blessed Christmas.
    Jenny from "My Four Girls"

  10. So Sweet! I’m hoping you’ll share on Friday’s Nature Table. Pop on over to my blog to post a link.
    Blessings and magic.

  11. Look, they look cute on wooden blocks, too!

  12. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

  13. Hi there,
    I really enjoy your creative ideas. I'm going to make the lovely Nativity set soon. Thanks for sharing.

  14. This is a great activity Lacy! I would like to make a post about it, but I was wondering if there is a way to have the option of just one file...that would be much easier to print! Thanks!!

  15. I'm poking through my saved things from last year for this year's advent planning. I just wanted to say that this is such a sweet nativity set for kids to make. Thanks Lacy for sharing your talent with all of us out here in cyber-space. My kiddos also thank you too!

  16. Love this. I just posted about it on!

  17. Lacy, I just saw this post on your sidebar. OH Beautiful! i just printed off your documents. you're so generous to share! my daughter and I will love doing this nativity scene craft.

  18. Thank you for sharing!

  19. Thank you so much for sharing this AND the downloads! It'll be great for my kids to have a Nativity set they can play with.

  20. Thank you for the templates! I have been sitting her trying to make characters from popsicle sticks and just couldnt figure it out. We are making Joy Bags starting tomorrow with 46 kindies and I really needed a new idea! thanks sooo much!

  21. This is perfect. We'll be doing this tonight for Family Night. Thank you for do some of the planning work. :)

  22. Thank you for sharing this wonderful templates. Now we know what to do this afternoon because it´s snowing so much that it is almost impossible to be outside right now here in the south of Sweden. And the kids have been saving toilet paper tubs for a long, long time...

  23. I love this one!! Wouldn't it work without the tp or paper towels thingy's? Just tape them together?

    With 4 kiddos doing it....we just don't have enough tubes!!

  24. I love this idea! I am featuring it on somewhatsimple AND TipJunkie this Friday. Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Thank you so much for this I was wanting to do something like this but have no artistic talent or extra money. My dd is really excited to make her own natvity.

  26. Thank you for sharing this. I just printed up a set, and am excited to share it with my girls. They will love.

  27. Very nice idea! I linked you up on my blog today!

  28. Thank you so much! My grandchildren are going to love this. Bless you for being so generous with your talent! ((hugs))

  29. Thank you, thank you, thank you! God bless!

  30. Such a gorgeous nativity! I just printed this out for my 4.5 year old to do this afternoon. It's certainly counteracted the 'I'm bored' routine she was in :)


  31. Thank you very much for sharing this wonderful resource. Just found your blog and I hope to be a frequent visitor. God bless you and may He grant you all the wisdom and perseverance so you can continue your wonderful evangelizing job. Merry Christmas.

  32. This is so stinkin' cute! I LOVE IT! My girl isn't big enough for this, yet, but I'm going to print and save for later!!! I love the name of your blog as well! ;)

  33. Wow!! This is such a great activity for kids, I love it! Thanks for sharing!

  34. This is amazing! What a wonderful idea! I couldn't help but share and link up to your post with my readers here: ! Happy Holidays!

  35. adorable! can't wait to do this with my son. :)

  36. Thank you, Thank you, thank you,... as a homeschooling Mom I'm always looking for creative ways to teach my girls and this is PERFECT. Not only they get to have fun in creating a Nativity Scene but they will be learning about "that one fine day" as they will be playing with the scene. Thank you for sharing your talent & May you Be Blessed as you bless others! Merry Christmas.

  37. These are so cute. I've been looking all morning for a cute nativity that didn't have something strange like bugging out eyes. These are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  38. Thanks so much for this printable. I had been looking for something that my toddler wouldn't break and I found this that my oldest could color. My plan is to find a shoebox big enough to fit the backdrop in, so that I can store the pieces in it. I will probably have my son color a piece or two a day and read the story about that piece. I think it's precious!

  39. I love this Nativity. Thank you for the wonderful idea to focus on Christ this holiday season. I can't wait to share this activity with my sons. I blogged about your activity here:

  40. Love, love, LOVE this! Will be featuring it tmw! Thanks for sharing such a fun activity!

  41. This is great!!!!! Thanks. I am poping over from ucreatekids!

  42. What a great idea!!
    Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!

  43. This is FANTASTIC and just what I was looking for! Thank you so much for sharing it for free!

  44. This is so cute!! :) Wonderful idea... will have to try this out next year! :)

  45. Thank yo, your art is beautiful. I will have to use this next year and for many years to come with my 2 yr old. Thanks!

  46. Thank you for sharing the nativity sheets, it's very nice.  I hope you don't mind I share this webpage on my site.

  47. I've been looking for a nativity that my kids can play with. This is perfect! Thanks so much for sharing!

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