We had such fun with the Halloween Read and Play series that we’re back with a Christmas version! Over 20 sites will share kid-friendly activities inspired by children’s Christmas books. For my part in the series, I’m sharing Christmas art for kids based on one of my favorite Christmas read alouds.
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I’ve loved reading Santa’s Favorite Story to my son and my preschoolers for years. In the book, Santa tells the woodland animals all about the first Christmas, when Jesus was born. In addition to a beautiful story, the book also has gorgeous illustrations. Since I work at a church-based preschool, this book and accompanying art art perfect for my students and their families.
Christmas art for kids – a Nativity scene
I was very much inspired by That Artist Woman’s Nativity Silhouette, but I made a variety of changes to her idea. Be sure to check out her version, as it is just beautiful!
What we did
Before getting started, I created a stencil out of a piece of cardboard. I used Under My Umbrella’s Nativity Patterns as a guideline, then cut it all out.
Then it was onto mixing the paints. I grabbed 5 cups, added white paint to one of them and blue paint to the other four. Then I created different shades of blue by mixing white paint with the blue paint in three of the cups. I set them out, from white paint to the darkest blue paint. This led to a great discussion with the kiddos about shades of colors! As one boy said, “but it’s all just blue! Blue is blue!”
After the paint was ready, I invited children to come over and get started on the first stage of the project. We painted a white circle in the middle of the paper, then proceeded to paint circles around it with darkening shades of blue. It was interesting to watch the children throughout this process! Some were incredibly precise, careful to go in order from lightest to darkest and not wanting the paints to mix. Others had a blast mixing all of the shades up on the paper. I may be biased, but I think each child’s painting turned out awesome!
Once the background dried, it was time to add the Nativity scene. I held the homemade stencil in place while the children painted. It was pretty messy, of course, but the children really enjoyed it.
Finally, once all of the paint was dry, the kiddos added a glittery star above the Nativity!
In her Nativity Silhouette post, That Artist Woman used a different technique to add the Nativity scene. I actually offered that as a choice to the kiddos, but they went with my (messier!) version instead. They seemed to enjoy the process of using the stencil!
What do you think about this Nativity Christmas art for kids? Would your children enjoy trying it out? My students really got into the process of it!
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