Paper City Nativity Scene (Joyfully Expanded!)

After making the Paper City Nativity Scene last year, I received many requests for additions. So without further ado, here is the new version which includes two shepherds, a standing angel, three chickens, two lambs, one extra sheep, and an ox. I hope you and your kids have fun with it!

Share with as many people as you’d like!

Happy Holidays!

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All templates, including the new one, are below. Click on the images and print!


  1. Stephanie
    December 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this. My daughter loves her paper Paris and this is a great alternative to playing with the breakable Nativity set we have. :-)

  2. Nathalie
    December 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    How cute! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. December 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Joel you are so generous and kind. This is a wonderful thing for children. Thank you.

  4. Tom Clark
    December 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    This is wonderful! It reminds me of a Best Make-It Book Ever by Richard Scarry which is, sadly, out of print. There was a whole section called busy town that you could cut out and stand up, with little cars, etc. little grocery bags and pieces of fruit and vegetables. Also, there was a "tv" you could make out of paper. A paper box, with slits, and a strip of paper with lots of pictures that told a story. You would wind the paper around two straws, threading it through the box and "watch" your little movie. Hard to explain...But anyway, THANK YOU for your creative, simple designs that remind me of my childhood that I am now sharing with my children!

    1. December 1, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks everyone! Thanks Tom! Wow, I somehow have never seen that Richard Scarry book with the cutouts, but it sounds right up my alley for sure! I'll have to try searching for it!

  5. December 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    We are from Costa Rica. I used your work a lot as a Teacher. Now, we are going to meet a few families, read a small story about Jesus to the little ones a have a table fuul of glitter, glue, will be a day to remember. Thanks again.

  6. jewel
    December 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    WOW! this is so nice~ perfect for my class! thank you so much for making this joel :)

  7. S. Bird
    December 1, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    I love this! Thank you! Is there a way to print it small (like to fit in a mint tin?)

    1. December 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Travel size coming in a few days!

  8. GAbriela
    December 2, 2013 at 2:40 am

    Hi, thank you, from Brasil!

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  11. Hilary
    December 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Thank you so much for the freebies. They are so fantastic. This sounds silly but I was so happy and relaxed looking at your site. This will be a great homeschooling resource for my kids. Thank you!

    1. December 5, 2013 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Hilary! Glad you found my site!

  12. Sarah B
    December 6, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    What a beautiful craft...perfect for our cold rainy weekend!! I shared your site with all of my FB world, so thanks for blessing us with your talent. I plan to laminate the characters & tape them to corks or legos for long-term play.

  13. Liga
    December 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    hi, so happy to find those! looking forward to have a super time with my little princess. Thank you! regards from Ukraine

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  15. December 9, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I have always been obsessed with your paper cities and my daughter is finally old enough to appreciate them (almost 3). We did the nativity last week and she played for a long time, which is saying something because independent play is not her strong suit :) Thank you so much for sharing them!!!!

  16. Louise
    December 9, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you so much. I'm sure my CCD children will enjoy coloring this and putting it together.

  17. December 10, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Dear Joel, We are on the other other side of the pond, lost on a hill side and always enjoying your paper toys with our little one, thank you.

  18. Sarah N.
    December 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Thank you. My daughter is going to have a fun time coloring today.

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  22. Anna
    December 13, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Hi Joel, love your nativity scene. You're graphics are so inviting to be colored! If there are still ideas to expand it furthermore...I would love a king Augustus to tell the whole story with the figures to my kids :) we wish you a merry christmas and thanks a lot for sharing your wonderful ideas. from good old europe

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  24. Lisa
    December 14, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you so much, my son has wanted to make a nativity scene and this is perfect! What a gift!

  25. December 14, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    This is AWESOME!!! Thanks! <3 jeni

  26. Teagan
    December 15, 2013 at 9:27 am

    This is wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing this with the rest of the world free of charge!

  27. December 15, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing :)

  28. December 17, 2013 at 10:51 am

    This is the perfect craft for today. Thank you so much for sharing your work!

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  30. Melissa
    December 18, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Wow! This is incredible! I am going to use it this Sunday to teach my 4-year old class at church. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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  34. txgrandma
    December 22, 2013 at 7:00 am

    These are so lovely. Thanks so much for posting your wonderful art. My grandkids will spend hours playing with these and they will think I'm the genius. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  36. Dava
    December 24, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Thank you so very much for sharing your talent and ideas! You are giving a wonderful gift to so many. I did this activity with my grandson this Christmas Eve morning and I wanted you to know it was a joyful and fun time as we read from the Bible and did this activity. You are a generous person to share yourself with so many. Merry Christmas!!

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  38. Beth
    January 4, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I adore this. Thanks so much.

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