Every Christmas I can't resist doing at least one Baby Jesus Art Project.
Colored paper - I used cardstock - blue, brown, black, white, pink, lt. and dk. grey, yellow.
gold doily or gold glitter
Fine tip black marker
Pink colored pencil
Star shaped paper plates
You can pre-punch the shapes out of paper, or give them the paper and the punches. They like using the punches and there are enough different shapes they would be able to trade back and forth. You could also have them trace different sizes of circles and cut them out.
I was thinking this would be an easy project for young students to feel very successful. It also shows them how easy it is to use simple shapes to represent animals etc...
The smaller circles are 1" and the larger are 1 1/2", the noses are made with notebook paper punch, and the sheep are a 2" scalloped circle punch.
Below is a pdf pattern for the manger, blanket and cow and donkey ears and horns.
I'm going to cut a few of the manger and blanket out of card stock for them to trace - I think they can do the ears and horns freehand.
Demonstrate assembling the animals and Baby Jesus including adding the faces and rosy cheeks.
Baby Jesus has a halo made by cutting a gold doily apart in a circle and putting it behind his head. You could also use gold glitter.
Once they have all the animals assembled and Baby Jesus they can arrange them on the blue background before gluing.
They can add some silver stars with a few drops of glue in the sky covered with the glitter.
I found some metallic gold star paper plates at the Dollar Tree and used those for the background, but you could also cut out star shapes.
Print out some banners that say "Let Heaven and Nature Sing", "All Hearts Prepare Him Room", or "O Come Let Us Adore Him" to glue at the top.
Create a hangar and glue it to the back - I used some tinsel stars on gold wire that I had - and hot glued it to the back. Yarn, ribbon or string would work too.