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How to draw and make your own amazing Nativity Scene

Seven pages of Nativity drawings to make things a lot easier. Click the purchase button on the right. Designed for A4 paper.

For the first 12 days of December, I’m going to show you how to draw, colour-in, cut out and make your own Nativity scene.
I hope you, your family, school or Sunday school are going to join in and have some Christmas fun!

Download and printout your own Navity now when you support me and my videos on my Patreon Page. With both black and white drawings for you to colour-in and the full colour versions that are ready to cut out and make, that will give you something to do over he holiday period!


If you are following the stable-making videos these are the two Pdfs that will make things much easier for you!

Click to download the Free character stands sheet

Click to download the Free character stands sheet


All the instructions are in the videos. If you are making the ready coloured-in version, start with Video 4 – Make a Nativity Scene – Part 4 – Cut out & make the Stable

1. How to plan out the drawing of your stable. You can follow this video exactly or do your own version at your own size. I’m using stiff paper or thin card.

Click to download the Free basic Stable Plan

Click to download the Free basic Stable Plan

2. Follow the instructions in the second video and learn how to draw the stable in ink. This shows how to do the wicker-work pattern.

3. Follow this video to learn how to colour in your video. At this point you might want to score the fold lines to make it easier to fold later. Watch this video if you don’t know how to score card and paper.

4. Follow this video and learn how to cut out and assemble your stable so you can start making the people and animals to fit in it. It’s all a lot easier from now on!

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5. How to draw and make Mary

6. How to draw and make Joseph

7. How to draw and make the First Wise Man

8. How to draw and make the Sheep

9. How to draw and make the Shepherds

10 How to draw the Second Wise man

11. How to draw and make the Cows

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12. How to draw and make the Third Wise Man

13. How to draw and make the Angels

14. How to draw and make the Baby Jesus is coming on Wednesday 11th January

Whatever Happened To Manual Instruction?

Manual-InstructionYesterday I visited Lydbrook Primary School, here in the Forest of Dean. It was once a village school that took children up to school leaving age – Lydbrook was a mining village and many of the children went to work underground or in other manual trades.

One of the teaching blocks has this fabulous sign carved from the local forest stone, announcing that Manual Instruction was taught inside. That would be carpentry and metalwork as well as cooking and other skills.

How many children yearn for a building like that at school, these days? Somewhere to make something, create something and learn a real skill. A classroom where there are no written explanations or reflections, no written exams, coursework or measurable outcomes, other than the the finished object speaking for itself – just manual instruction – the passing on of skills and craft attitudes that matter in the real world those children will grow up to live in.

A little bit of DT mixed into the curriculum doesn’t satisfy practically-minded children. All those essays and written coursework that the art, drama and sports department now require, only serve to put those, who are naturally suited to the subject, off pursuing them.

Haven’t we had enough of political correctness forcing children to be square pegs in round holes for the sake of neat accounting? Will education ever come again to accept that one academic size does not fit all? Will we ever be grown-up enough to accept that we are not all wired-up the same way? We knew it once and built classrooms for Manual Instruction.

Now that a bit of history has passed under the bridge, I can see what happened. The grammar schools gave extraordinary chances to working-class children. Those who got to Oxford and Cambridge soon came to run the country as leaders of the Labour Party, lording it over the Swinging Sixties, when almost anyone could do anything and and almost anything seemed possible.

So how did those ungrateful, mean-minded politicians repay the help and belief they were given by previous generations, that worked so hard to give them a bright, new future? They closed down the grammar schools, that got them where they were, and pulled up all the ladders to advancement behind them, protecting their new-found wealth and position from any new upstarts who might come up from below and take away what had been given them in a spirit of hope and generosity. Then they invented political correctness to put fear into those who might criticise them.

Rather than generally reducing children’s prospects, by creating the comprehensive schools that sought to promote the mean, wouldn’t it have been wonderful if they had followed in their public-spirited forefathers’ steps and addressed the abysmal state of secondary modern schools instead, turning them into first class academies of technology, creativity and craft, that stood on a level with the grammar schools, the two cultures working side by side?

Wait a minute – that still sounds like a good idea to me!

How to make a Jam Jar Halloween Lantern and win Me to visit your school!

halloween jam jar lanternDerwent, the pencil company, have asked me to come up with a couple of ideas for Halloween. This is one of them – How to make a Jam Jar Halloween Lantern. there’ will be a competition for schools to win ME for the day!How amazing is that!

Here is the link to the Derwent site.