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An older-elementary aged boy sits across the table from his male teacher. They're about to make gingerbread houses.
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Christmas Bible Activity: Gingerbread Nativity Scene

This Christmas Bible activity allows elementary-aged children and preteens in your ministry to create their own edible nativity scene in about 45 minutes.


You’ll need:

  • Graham crackers,
  • straight pretzels,
  • unshelled peanuts*,
  • chow mein noodles,
  • marshmallows,
  • decorator’s gel,
  • frosting,
  • shredded coconut,
  • chocolate chips,
  • gumdrops,
  • plastic knives,
  • paper plates,
  • and clean scissors

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Give each child a paper plate and equal portions of each ingredient. Have kids each create a nativity scene, complete with a stable, family, and animals.

Kids can create a stable by spreading frosting on the edges of graham crackers and sticking the crackers upright onto the paper plate. Attach a graham cracker roof using frosting, too.

Create family members by stacking two marshmallows with frosting and breaking a straight pretzel in half for arms. Use decorator’s gel to draw faces and clothing. For Magi, attach a large gumdrop to the top of the stacked marshmallows for crowns and portions of gumdrops to the pretzels for gifts. For baby Jesus, place an
unshelled peanut in a bed of chow mein noodle “hay.” Create a donkey using a marshmallow body and head with half pretzels for legs.

Encourage children to be creative as they use the items you’ve given them.

*Please be aware of any peanut allergies. Try using baby carrot, a piece of bread, or a jellybean.

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