Christmas Nativity Puppet Craft

Show little ones what Christmas is truly all about! This holiday, make precious memories and enjoy a fun time with this charming Christmas Nativity puppet craft! Children will love making and playing with this stick puppet Nativity craft and we have made it super easy by including a printable template.

Christmas Nativity puppet craft

Making these Nativity puppets is a great way to spend time bonding with the little ones while putting those artistic skills to the test and enjoying the holiday spirit. You can use this activity to talk to your little ones about the true meaning behind Christmas.

Kids will love putting together this enchanting puppet craft and can continue the fun by creating a puppet show about the first Christmas!

No need for expensive supplies. You just need craft paper, popsicle sticks, and our super-handy template. (Grab it down below for free!)

nativity puppets

Check out more of our Nativity crafts!  Here are some of our favorites:

Or, head over to our printable shop and check out these printable Nativity playdough mats, these Nativity-themed fine motor worksheets, or these adorable Nativity coloring pages!

We also have a set of Nativity scene templates as well as some printable Nativity finger puppets.

Nativity finger puppet craft

Christmas Nativity puppet craft

Puppet Nativity craft - supplies:

  • Colored craft papers
  • Craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Scissors

Christmas nativity puppet craft supplies

How to make Nativity puppets

STEP 1: Prepare the Nativity puppet template

Before you start making your Nativity puppets you will need to scroll to the end of the directions to get the printable Nativity template.

Once you have the template, cut out the shapes and trace them onto coloured craft paper. Use the image below as a guide. Cut out each traced shape and create small slits towards the top of Mary and Joseph's head scarfs. 

This template includes all the shapes needed to create Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus.

nativity puppet craft template

STEP 2: Make baby Jesus

Take the oval-shaped piece of paper and glue the small circle onto it. Glue baby Jesus on top of the manger shape. This will be your baby Jesus puppet!

baby Jesus craft

STEP 3: Make Mary and Joseph

Take the hair cutout and glue it onto one of the larger circle shapes to create Mary's face. Glue the beard cutout onto the other larger circle to create Jopseph's face. Glue the faces to the top part of each body cutout. 

nativity puppet craft

Slide Mary and Josephs heads through the top of the slits on the scarf shapes. With a couple of drops of glue, secure all the pieces in place.

Mary and Joseph craft

STEP 4: Complete your Nativity puppets

Using a thin black sharpie, draw the nose, mouth, and eyes on each puppet's face. Use a pink marker to colour the puppet's cheeks. 

To complete your Nativity puppet craft attach the papercraft cutouts to popsicle sticks with glue. 

nativity puppet craft

Once the glue has dried on your Christmas Nativity puppets it is time to get the kids ready to tell the nativity story. Take turns to use the puppets to reenact part of the first Christmas story. 

nativity craft


To get the Nativity puppet template for free click on the link below and use the discount code- nativitypuppet. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

nativity puppet template

We hope you enjoy making this Christmas Nativity puppet craft! It is such a fun Nativity craft to make in the lead-up to Christmas, especially if you want to focus on the first Christmas and what this time of year is truly about.

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