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Handprint Manger Craft For Kids [Free Template]

This handprint manger is the perfect Christmas craft for kids! It’s easy to make with just a few simple steps, and no paint is needed.

Plus, there’s a free template you can use. Just print it out and your little ones can get started right away.

This project is perfect for preschoolers, kindergarteners, or any little one who loves Christmas crafts!

With just a few cuts and some glue, they’ll be able to make their own beautiful manger scene. And when they’re done, they can display it proudly for everyone to see!

Christmas Handprint Craft

Baby Jesus kids' craft image collage with the words handprint manger

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Supplies

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Manger template (enter your email in the form at the end of the post to have the link sent to you)

Directions

Download the manger template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.

hand holding handprint manger craft template

Begin by gluing the hair to the top of baby Jesus’ head.

hands gluing hair to head of handprint manger craft

Place the head at the top of the baby swaddled and glue the lower part of the head to the blanket.

hands gluing head to swaddle of handprint manger craft

Trace your child’s hand onto a piece of yellow paper four times and cut it out.

Arrange the handprints with the fingers pointed outward and the palms towards the center. Take one handprint and glue it to the lower portion of another handprint. Repeat these steps with the other two handprints.

Glue the two sets of handprints together, at the palms to create the hay Jesus is laying on.

hands gluing yellow handprints together to form hay for handprint manger craft

Finish up by gluing baby Jesus in the middle of the hay.

hands gluing baby Jesus to handprint manger craft

That’s it! Isn’t this such a cute and simple handprint craft?

hand holding handprint manger craft

Christmas Ideas For Kids

Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, and it’s even more special when you can share the holiday with your children.

If you’re looking for a way to engage your kids and help them learn during the Christmas season, why not try creating a Christmas theme for them? It’s easy to do, and it can be a lot of fun for them.

Plus, it’s a great way to teach them about things like shapes, letters, fine motor skills, creativity, and more. Read on below for our favorite ideas!

Children’s Christmas Books

One tradition that many families enjoy is reading Christmas stories together. Not only is this a fun way to spend some quality time together, but it’s also a great way to introduce your children to the holiday spirit.

Christmas stories often teach important lessons about giving, sharing, and spending time with loved ones. They can also be a lot of fun, filled with adventure, magic, and laughter.

On top of all of that, when children are read to, they often develop a larger vocabulary and a longer attentions span.

Below are some of the top Christmas books to read to your kids!

Dasher: This wonderfully illustrated Christmas book for kids gives you the back story on one of Santa’s favorite reindeer, Dasher! Girls will especially love to read this since Dasher is a girl.

Construction Site On Christmas Night: Fans of the fun characters of the construction site books have to add this Christmas-themed story to their collection. See how the trucks get ready for Christmas!

How To Catch An Elf: Kids everywhere love the silliness of this Christmas story. The rhymes and the illustrations will draw the kids in as well. This is a Christmas book kids will want to read every year!

2 handprint manger crafts

Kids Christmas Crafts

One of the best things about Christmas is all the wonderful crafts that can be made. From gingerbread houses to paper snowflakes, there are so many fun and festive projects for kids to enjoy.

Not only are crafts a great way to get into the holiday spirit, but they also offer a number of benefits for children.

For example, crafting can help to foster creativity and develop fine motor skills. It’s also a great opportunity for kids to practice using scissors. So this holiday season, be sure to encourage your little ones to get crafty!

Santa Claus Tissue Paper Craft – The holidays are a time for creativity, and this Santa craft is the perfect way for kids to get into the spirit of the season. Not only is it a fun and festive decoration for the home, but it also helps kids to practice their fine motor skills.

Grinch Gingerbread Man Craft – The Grinch is a holiday icon, and what better way to celebrate than by making your very own Grinch gingerbread man craft? This fun and easy activity is perfect for kids of all ages, and it’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Best of all, the free template makes it quick and easy to get started. Just print out the template, cut out the pieces, and assemble.

Christmas crafts for kids image collage

Reindeer Photo Craft – Kids will love seeing themselves turned into one of Santa’s reindeer with this reindeer craft. All you need is a photo of your child, some paper, and a few other supplies.

Elf On The Shelf Paper Bag Puppet Craft -This Elf on the Shelf paper bag puppet is so much fun for kids to make! It’s the perfect way to pretend and imagine, and it’s also super festive. Just grab a paper lunch bag, some paper, and some glue, and you’re all set.

Christmas Activities For Kids

These free printable elf worksheets for kids are so much fun! The letter maze is a great way to help kids learn their letters, and the label an elf worksheet is perfect for them to practice using scissors. The handwriting page is also a great way for them to practice their fine motor skills. These worksheets are sure to bring a smile to your child’s face this holiday season!

hand holding handprint manger craft with another one in the background

Looking for a fun, festive activity for your little ones this Christmas? Look no further than these Christmas do a dot printables! Not only are they great for fine motor skills and letter recognition, but they’re also perfect for working on patterns. Simply print out the sheets and let your child have fun filling in the dots!

This free printable roll a reindeer game is the perfect activity for kids to enjoy during the holiday season. Players take turns rolling the dice, and then placing a pom pom on their page. The game is not only great fun, but it also helps to develop fine motor skills. Plus, taking turns is an important social skill that kids can practice while playing. So print out this game and get ready to have some holiday fun!

More Christmas Fun

handprint manger craft

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More Christmas Ideas For Kids

hand holding handprint manger craft with another one in the background

Handprint Manger Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 6 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

This handprint manger is the perfect Christmas craft for kids! It's easy to make with just a few simple steps, and no paint is needed.

Materials

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Manger template

Instructions

  1. Download the manger template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
  2. Begin by gluing the hair to the top of baby Jesus' head.
  3. Place the head at the top of the baby swaddled and glue the lower part of the head to the blanket.
  4. Trace your child's hand onto a piece of yellow paper four times and cut it out.
  5. Arrange the handprints with the fingers pointed outward and the palms towards the center. Take one handprint and glue it to the lower portion of another handprint. Repeat these steps with the other two handprints.
  6. Glue the two sets of handprints together, at the palms to create the hay Jesus is laying on.
  7. Finish up by gluing baby Jesus in the middle of the hay.

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Handprint Manger Template

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Bania

Tuesday 26th of December 2023

Hi! I would love to receive the template. Thanks!

Sam

Tuesday 26th of December 2023

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you. Once you've been confirmed as an email subscriber (by clicking the link in the first email), you simply enter your email in any of the forms and it'll automatically redirect you to the download page.

Alma Valdez

Thursday 21st of December 2023

I got the template. Thank you so much! We'll do this craft for our Christmas outreach to community kids.

Sam

Saturday 23rd of December 2023

Oh, great! So glad you were able to get it!

Alma Valdez

Thursday 21st of December 2023

How can I print your template?

Sam

Saturday 23rd of December 2023

Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ◡̈

Nayda Lopez

Sunday 17th of December 2023

Please share Handprint Manger Craft for kids

Sam

Monday 18th of December 2023

Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page ◡̈

Ruby

Sunday 17th of December 2023

Please send template! It’s soooo cute.

Sam

Monday 18th of December 2023

Thanks! I just checked your email and it’s listed as “unconfirmed” which means you didn’t click the link in the first email. If you didn’t see it, my best guess is it landed in your junk folder. If you can check that folder for my email (sam@simpleeverydaymom.com) and click the link, you’ll be set ◡̈

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