We are going much more minimalist with our Christmas decorations, as the boys always prefer their home made decorations to any shop bought ones. We started off by making some scratch art Nativity scenes.


  • Nativity Scratch Art Decorations from Baker Ross


This was the resource kit from Baker Ross.

The two different scratch art techniques. Ioan took his time, carefully thinking through every stick stroke. Finny just wanted it as colourful as possible.

There’s nothing Finn loves more than showing his little brother how to do things.

Cian was excited when he saw the lines he’d scratched in, “There!”

Finny moved on to his second Nativity scene, whereas Ioan (who likes staying clean) was done after one. Finn had Mary and a donkey. I can’t take my eyes of his drawing of Mary’s face in this video.

Just after I finished filming, Finn asked why they needed to travel for a census. Ioan went to look in the Nativity story book, then came back to explain to Finn, “As the time drew near for Mary to give birth, Caesar Augustus, the emperor during that time, called for a census to be held. Since Joseph was a descendant of David, he had to go back to Bethlehem.”

Finny happily made the donkey sound effects for most of the time he completed this scratch art.

Ioan talked us through his thought process for his scratch art.

Ioan threaded the ribbon through his decoration.

Then Finny chose which decorations would have which colour ribbons.

They hung some of the finished decorations on the window. Finny loved that in the low light, they made a silhouette.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Expressive arts and design

ELG 16 – Exploring and using media and materials:

Children safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.