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Christmas Bible Snack: Edible Manger Scene

This Christmas, give children in your ministry a multi-sensory experience of Christ’s nativity by building this edible manger scene.


You’ll need:

  • Graham crackers,
  • animal crackers,
  • Elfwiches,
  • shredded wheat biscuits,
  • chocolate stars,
  • miniature pretzels,
  • marshmallows,
  • 8X10-inch pieces of cardboard for each child,
  • foil,
  • blunt knives,
  • and “frosting glue.”

Make frosting glue by mixing 1/2 pound powdered sugar, 2 egg whites, and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar. Beat 7 to 10 minutes. Refrigerate in a tightly covered container.

Text: Luke 2:1-20

Creating An Edible Manger Scene

First, wrap foil around your cardboard to use as a base. Use the frosting glue to create a graham cracker stable on your base. Dip the edges of your crackers into the frosting glue and hold the edges of two crackers together for one minute while the frosting sets. Build three walls first before you add the roof. Use the other foods to decorate your scene.

Then add all the people and animals who were there before and after Jesus was born. Crumble the wheat biscuits to add hay. Use the frosting glue to attach a marshmallow to the center of a pretzel for your angel. Glue the angel and chocolate star to the top of your stable. Keep working on your nativity scene until you’ve added everything you want to add.

Once you’re finished, you can eat your scene or just parts of it.

Talk Teasers

Read the Scripture the ask:

  • Where were you born?
  • Why do you think God allowed Jesus to be born in a stable?
  • If you could’ve chosen a place for Jesus to be born, where would you have chosen?
  • Which holiday do you think is more important to our faith—Christmas or Easter? Explain.
  • What difference has Jesus’ birth and life made for you?

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2 thoughts on “Christmas Bible Snack: Edible Manger Scene

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    Susan Edgerton

    We just did this with our preschool – teen outreach group, a big success! I recommend using merinngue powder (found in grocery baking isle) instead of uncooked egg whites because of Salmonella risk. I also find that the little ones work best with a popsicle stick instead of plastic knife.

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