The Montessori philosophy on art is to allow children to do open-ended artwork where their creativity flourishes. That can involve pretty much any art project that doesn’t have a specific end product in mind, including painting, drawing, coloring, making collages, working with clay, stamping, etc. Craft projects where every child is supposed to end up with the same result is too focused on the end product instead of the process.
That being said, Drama Queen created a very cute baby Jesus craft at church yesterday. It looks very easy to make, so I thought I’d share it with you in case you would like to give your children the opportunity to make it.
You start by cutting a square. This one is 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″. This has the look of wood grains; you could find a similar thing on-line to print out, draw your own, or just hand it to your child as a white square. Give the child the opportunity to color the square. I hear that purple is a perfect color for a manger. 😉
Fold the square in half and make a cut 1 1/4″ from the fold, about 3/4″ inches from each side.
Cut two other pieces of paper, each 2 3/4″ x 1 1/2″. Allow your child to color these. Insert these into the cuts. These are the stands for your manger.
Set a tissue down into the manger.
Cut out a picture of baby Jesus (maybe like this one). Allow your child to color him, then set him in the manger. Another option would be to use a toy baby to fit in the manger as baby Jesus.
Within just a few minutes, your child has a sweet, homemade 3-D manger scene to play with.