Manger Puppets

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Kids will love to re-create the barn animals that kept Mary,
Joseph, and baby Jesus company on the night Jesus was born.

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Scripture: Luke 2:13-18

Materials: Empty pudding boxes (two per child),
yarn, cotton balls, pompoms, tempera paint, masking tape, large
google eyes, and construction paper.

Before class, cut or tear off the “open here” flaps from the end
of each pudding box. For younger children, stack two pudding boxes
with the open ends on top of each other. Use masking tape to create
a “hinge” between the boxes by placing strips of masking tape along
the area where the boxes meet. (Older kids can do this for
themselves.) Apply tape to both sides of the hinge. The child’s
hand will slip inside the pudding boxes to create a puppet’s head
and mouth.

Kids can make their puppets into any barn animal they choose,
such as a lamb, a donkey, or a pig. Use items such as paint, cotton
balls, google eyes, and yarn.

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Read aloud the Scripture, and ask kids to imagine what it may’ve
been like that first night for Jesus and his family.

Age level: 3 to 9

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