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Nativity Toothbrush Painting

by on Dec 19th, 2010

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2 years ago, I had my practicum or on-the-job training at a nearby preschool. After several months of observing and training first hand, it was finally time to do my teaching demo. It was December so I was asked to teach something about the nativity. As for the art work, I was asked to teach the kids the colors black and white.

The first thing that popped into mind was…. “How in the world can I teach black and white and incorporate it with the Christmas story?” but with a little imagination, I figured it out.

Toothbrush painting.

What you will need

  • White paint
  • Black paper
  • Old toothbrush
  • Nativity Scene print out (I just googled it)
  • Star print out (Just one big one)
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Glue

This is a two-day activity since it would be difficult to color the nativity scene if it were already cut out. Hence, the teacher would need time to cut it out so they can glue it unto the “starry night” background.

Step 1: Color the nativity scene and star

Step 2: Cut out the nativity scene and the star

Step 3: Let the kids start painting the starts unto the black paper using the toothbrush and white paint

Step 4: Let dry then glue on the cut-out nativity scene


Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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