Gingerbread Creches


This is a great activity for preschoolers to do as part of a
Christmas celebration. A crèche is a display of the nativity where
Jesus was born.

For more great articles like this, subscribe to our magazine. SUMMER SALE! Only $15 for one year!

Have parents save 1-pound butter boxes. Then tape the open end of
each box, and slice each box in half with a wallpaper knife. This
makes one box for every two children.

To make this project, you’ll also need sturdy paper plates,
markers, cake frosting, plastic knives, graham crackers, pretzels,
coconut, animal crackers, cut-out star cookies, and E.L. Fudge
cookies or cut-out people cookies. Dye the coconut yellow by
shaking yellow food coloring and the coconut in a resealable
plastic bag until the coconut is entirely covered. Pour out onto a
flat surface to dry overnight.

Make a three-dimensional instructional board for each phase of
this project, including these instructions and models glued to the

Children's Ministry Local Training

1. Write your name on a plate. Frost all five sides of each box,
and “glue” the box to the plate with frosting. Keep the open end
facing forward. Attach graham crackers to the frosted sides.

2. Add animal crackers to the inside and outside of the box and a
star on top, using frosting as your glue.

3. Build a manger with a glob of frosting, pretzels, and yellow
coconut (and a baby Jesus if you like).

4. Add Mary and Joseph beside the manger, using frosting as your

Sue Retzlaff
Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

No more wasted time on newsletters parents aren’t reading! Start getting the ease and professionalism of the Parenting Christian Kids newsletter for just $6.67 $4.99 a month. Hurry! This offer is valid for a limited time!

Trick or Trading Card?

About Author

Children's Ministry Magazine

Children's Ministry Magazine is the most read magazine for people who minister to children from birth through sixth grade. We're partnering with you to make Jesus irresistible to kids.

Leave A Reply