On Tuesday morning, I felt like the Pied Piper. None of the neighbor kids returned for our Christmas activity. After getting a few kids outside our compound, we wandered down the street to get most of the kids who go to school with SHIP.
Each child received a ziploc of candy & paper plate with graham crackers. Each child made their own graham cracker nativity crafts for kids from the candy in the ziploc.
- The people (Joseph/Jose, Mary/Maria & shepherd/pastor) were made from gumdrops & a toothpick (to hold them together.
- Sheep were made from large marshmallows, black licorice & toothpicks.
- A donkey was made from a large tootsie roll & small large tootsie rolls. I cut a snack size tootsie roll in half for the donkey’s body. Each child cut 3 small tootsie rolls in half. They used 4 small pieces as donkey legs. The last 2 small pieces made the donkey’s neck & head. Some used a toothpick to keep the neck & head connected.
- If we had time, we would have created a stable, but it was a little too involved. If I had more helpers, we might have made a stable. But, I was alone with 10-15 kids, trying to explain this project with my limited Spanish.
- Finally, we made a manger of graham crackers. The base was half of a large graham cracker. The remaining half was broken lengthwise. I smeared chocolate frosting along the edge, so each child could put the 2 small halves together and place them on the base.
- Now it was time for hay, so I sprinkled coconut on each manger. The kids added a small marshmallow which represented baby Jesus.
Although I’m not sure how much they related the Christmas story to the candy nativity, the kids had a fun time. Here are more ideas to share the Nativity story with your kids:
In the afternoon, the kids from the orphanage came over. We repeated the project with them.
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