Nativity Puppets

Nativity Puppets

    Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner? This is, by far, my favorite time of the year. I just love all of the sights, scents, and sounds of the holidays. It just feels like such a warm and inviting time and I do believe that it helps to bring out the good in people. Everything about the holidays also lends itself to some creative and colorful arts and crafts. One of my favorite memories from my childhood was my grandmother’s Nativity which she put up every Christmas Eve. Those fond memories were the inspiration for this project. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Nativity Finger Puppets

Supplies needed:

-stretchy gloves in your choice of color
– peel and stick felt nativity stickers (found at Hobby Lobby or most craft stores where scrapbooking materials are sold)
– craft glue or hot glue/glue gun

Nativity Puppets


1. First decide in which order you wish to place the nativity characters. For ours, we placed the Holy Family together on one side (Mary, Joseph, Jesus) and the three kings on the opposite side.

2. Peel and stick the felt stickers on the fingers of your choice. DO NOT add glue yet. This way you can see exactly what order you wish to place them in and see how you wish to space them.

Nativity Puppets

3. Once you have decided, add a dab of glue to the back of each felt sticker and press to the glove finger tip. Hold in place until secure.

4. When the stickers are in place and dry, you can then use the finger play gloves using the mini script below!

Nativity Puppets

The Story of the Nativity- Finger Play

Respond to the play by raising the corresponding fingers when the characters are mentioned.

Mary and Joseph knocked on the inn (knock knock knock)
But the innkeeper was full, would not let them in.
Jesus was born in a stable out back.
Where sheep slept under the sky of black.
Then a star appeared and an angel declared,
To three wise men that a savior was near.
They trekked off far to find the tiny king,
To bring him gifts as the angels sing.
Oh silent night, holy night.
Behold the baby under the star so bright.

Nativity Puppets

Nativity Puppets

Let’s Discuss: What are some of your favorite holiday arts and crafts?

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  1. Nitza M Espaillat says

    I want them!

  2. Oh these nativity puppets are just too cute! These would be so fun to make with my kids, I know my daughter would absolutely love them!

  3. Such a sweet idea! I am going to share this post with my best friend – she has two kids who just love crafts, and they will enjoy this so much!

  4. I really enjoy this idea. My son is still a baby and I was just thinking about Christmas traditions when I noticed so many posts about “elf on a shelf”. I have already begun to think about how I can influence his Christmas experiences. I too remember the influence of my grandmother’s nativity scene. This seems like a fun tradition I can do and easy to make. Thank you so much for sharing this idea!

  5. If you are a believer and celebrate this holiday, nativity puppets may be a great read.

  6. These puppets are just so cute and festive. Love creative nativity scenes!!

  7. I love this nativity puppets idea! It’s such a creative way to engage our kids in preparing decorations for Christmas. Can’t wait to prepare them myself, too! 🙂

  8. How cute and creative! I really love this idea and the work put into it. This will be a great activity for my son and I to do.

  9. I love this idea, thank you for sharing this crafty idea. I’m looking for more craft ideas to do with my daughter this year.

  10. These look so cute! They look easy to make and will provide plenty of fun for the little ones once they are made 🙂

  11. Cute idea! I have a one year old, so this would be a perfect activity to do with him.

  12. These are adorable! Just perfect for story telling with my nieces and nephews this Christmas. I love the small detail for each character as well.

  13. I love doing crafts with my kids. I think they would enjoy doing this craft. They love looking at my nativity so this would give them their own to look at and play with.

  14. How cute is this! My kids would love to do this. We always do more crafts in the winter because we are stuck inside with the cold weather.

  15. Becca Wilson says

    These puppets are so very cute! Such a great project to do with the kiddos for this time of the year.

  16. What a cute idea! I bet it would even be easy to make these figures out of felt if you couldn’t find the peel and stick kind in a craft store.

  17. All I can say is I need to create this for our daughter Camilla.

  18. So cute and fun to make! I’m sure kids will love this while waiting for the clock to strike 12 on Christmas Day.

  19. Oh my gosh! These are so adorable! I just made our tree so I dunno if I still have time to do these. Sigh… so many Christmas craft ideas.

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