I'm pretty excited to share this with you!!
I tried last year to make nativity blocks. I didn't like how they turned out. They needed to be a little wider to fill out the space. So this year I sketched several versions and finally made these cute little "round" nativity people.
I never found the time to put them on blocks, perhaps next year. :)
In the meantime here are your free paper puppets printable!
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Here is a black & white version your children can color, or you. :)
When I was looking at different nativities trying to gather ideas I saw one that had the inn keeper. I was so intrigued. The inn keeper is not mentioned in the nativity story. It simply says, "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." Luke 2:7. That's it, we don't know anything about the inn keeper, but I don't like to think of him as a mean man kicking Joseph & Mary out. If he knew Mary was carrying the son of God I know he would have given them his own room.
I feel like the poor inn keeper many times. I am so busy trying to run all my errands each day that I miss what is right in front of me. I miss the opportunity to serve and show love.
So little innkeeper man, I don't know who you are, but you are apart of our nativity.
I love our little shepherd, sheep and one giant sheep. Hum . .sizes are not perfectly accurate.
Mr. wobbly knee camel, I love you.
My 9 year old daughter asked me "Who was the first to see baby Jesus? . . . . the animals!"
I agree. The most important person in the world was born in a humble stable, with his first visitors humble shepherds and animals.
So we added as many animals as possible to our nativity.
How to make a paper stand. . . . super-duper easy.
Cut a little strip of paper & cut 1/4" up in two spots on the puppet
and slip paper in. Ta -Da!! Done!
Paper puppets for a puppet show!
You need cute kids to color your puppets, sorry you can't have mine.
And tape to popsicle sticks.
My mom made this puppet theator to insert in a doorway. I have no idea how she did it. Sewing machines put me in a cold sweat. Way too many buttons and sharp needles.
This little love bug had way too much fun rearranging, playing and destroying our nativity.
She had to line them up.
And then admire baby Jesus.
This sweet video touches me every time I see it. I am filled with joy, love and hope.
Each time I held one of my new born children I was filled the most awe-inspiring feeling of pureness and love. I can only image what Mary felt when she held her son, but also the son of God.
It is small in so many ways, but these paper puppets are my gift to you to share with your family & friends. That we might remember the first gift of Christmas, our Savior.