Paint-By-Numbers Nativity

Hey guys! My name is Holly, and I blog over at Life as a Thrifter. My blog is all about making use of fun finds! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity once again to share a little activity to do with the kiddos over Christmas break!
I kept thinking how fun (and educational) it would be to create my own little “paint-by-numbers” project for my little one. She’s 3, so I had to start with something basic. My first thought was a nativity scene.
Step 1: A background: Since I needed to do something basic, I simply just drew straight lines across a piece of poster board and gave each space in between the lines a different number (which is hard to see in this picture).  Then, I gave each color we planned to use a number.

Step 2: My little one painted the poster board by matching the correct “color” number to the “space” number. Let dry.
Step 3: I made a pattern of the nativity scene on paper then cut each piece out.

Step 4: I layed my pattern on the overhead and traced it with a black paint pen.


Step 5: Lastly, we both painted the inside black.


I happened to find this old frame for 8 bucks at my local thrift store where the poster board fit almost perfectly.

What I learned: 3 year olds have the attention span of an ant. I’d go smaller next time. With that said, however, the project turned out to be a lot of fun. The older the kid, the more detailed you could go with this. I loved that we could do something so fun and learn about numbers and colors at the same time! I’d definitely do it again!

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Posted on November 11, 2013
Categories: christmas, Christmas Wonderful, crafting with kids, crafts, creative ideas, diy tutorials & creative ideas, holiday awesomeness, holiday ideas, paint techniques

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  1. Vanessa says:
    December 18, 2013

    I love, love, love this idea, what a beautiful keepsake to display through out the years of your little artist, I am so doing this! Thank you.

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