Manger Craft for Kids Inspired by Mortimer’s Christmas Manger

This book by Jane Chapman is such a sweet and funny story of a mouse looking for a home.  I seriously, got teary eyed reading it through this sweet book. So we made a manger ornament craft to go with our book!

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christmas manger craft

Before kicking off our 12 Days of Christmas ADVENTure (free printables) readings and activities my boys all made one of these ornaments after opening up their first Christmas Countdown book!  They hung it by their bed to remind them of what Christmas is all about.

Since my toddler was making this we practiced our shapes while making this craft: star, circle and triangle.

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Christmas manger ornament craft

Manger Ornament Craft for Kids


  • brown construction paper or foam sheets
  • popsicle sticks
  • round wooden circle or foam sheets
  • glue
  • Christmas star printable with verse (can be downloaded below)

christmas manger ornament

1. First glue the wooden sticks together by creating an upside down x.  Let it dry.

2. Then we cut a triangle from the brown foam sheet.  We used an adhesive one so we didn’t have to glue anything together because the brown foam over the popsicle sticks held it together and it also head the circle and star.

3. Then place the triangle over the popsicle sticks to create the manger.

christmas manger ornament

4. Print out your Christmas Star verse here: Christmas Star I have a two versions of the star available.

5. Color it if you’d like and adhere it over the manger.

6. Add eyes and a mouth to your wooden circle and place on manger.

7. Finally add a string to the top if you want to make an ornament of it.

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Here’s the one I made this year, 2015 with one of my new favorite Christmas books. Go here for the details on how to make the ornament below and to checkout another fun Christmas book.

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13 Responses to “Manger Craft for Kids Inspired by Mortimer’s Christmas Manger”

  1. December 5, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    It’s lovely!
    Megan recently posted…Grinch’s Heart Christmas OrnamentMy Profile

  2. December 5, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    This is so cute! Great ornament!
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      December 6, 2014 at 8:50 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      December 22, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

      monique, Thanks so much for stopping by. ~mari

  3. December 8, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

    Such a cute little craft Mari!

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      December 22, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

      Melissa, Thanks, feliz navidad! ~mari

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