Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Wednesday 27 January |
Saint of the Day: St. Angela Merici
home iconArt & Culture
line break icon

Color in this free 3D Nativity scene from Notre Dame University


University of Notre Dame McGrath Institute for Church Life |

J-P Mauro - published on 12/19/20

This fun, printable Nativity scene comes thanks to the folks at the McGrath Institute for Church Life.

The time-honored tradition of setting up a home Nativity scene just got more interactive. The McGrath Institute for Church Life, from the University of Notre Dame, is giving away a 3D Nativity Coloring Kit. The printable kit includes 12 distinct figures from the Nativity, fully described with references to the Scriptures.

The Institute released this kit as part of the their season’s greetings and in promotion of their educational efforts. In the introduction of the kit, they write:

During Advent and Christmas, many Christian families display a Nativity set, or crèche. Nativities throughout the world often look very different, featuring unique artistic and cultural traditions. Nevertheless, they all tell the story of the Incarnation, when the eternal Son of God became man in Jesus of Nazareth, who was born of the Virgin Mary to redeem the world.

The kit contains a dozen figures that print on separate pieces of paper. After they have been colored, each one folds into a figure that can stand on its own and be positioned in the scene. Figures include Jesus, Mary, Joseph, a lamb, an ox, two children, two angels, two shepherds, the Magi, and even the Star of Bethlehem.

Our favorite part of the kit is that it explains the proper way to bless a Nativity scene. They give step-by-step directions for the blessing, which includes a reading from the Gospels, an original prayer, and even a few suggested Christmas hymns to sing. From start to finish, the 3D Nativity Coloring Kit is a perfect Christmas activity to share with the family.

All one must do to download this fun arts-and-crafts Christmas decoration is sign up for the McGrath Institute for Church Life mailing list. When signing up, you can pick which aspects of the McGrath Institutes functions you wish to receive information about. These include faith formation courses, online theology courses, learning opportunities, free resources, and even programming in Spanish.

The McGrath Institute for Church Life partners with Catholic dioceses, parishes, and schools to address pastoral challenges with theological depth. By connecting the Catholic intellectual life to the life of the Church, they form faithful Catholic leaders for service to the Church and the world. Along with an array of theological courses, they offer several initiatives and programs that approach faith through a lens of academic reasoning.

Learn more about the McGrath Institute for Church Life here.

crèche de noel

Read more:
How to make simple Nativity scene figurines with your kids this year

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP
The 4 Ways to read Scripture every Catholic should know
Philip Kosloski
When did Christians start praying the Hail Mary?
Cerith Gardiner
Meet the dad who's teaching basic skills on YouTube for kids with...
J-P Mauro
Polish statue of Christ found peeking out of a growing tree
Cerith Gardiner
Quarterback Philip Rivers' retirement announcement reflects his s...
Kathleen N. Hattrup
The Litany of St. Joseph
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.