One childhood Christmas memory I have is of me laying under the Christmas tree,watching the bubble lights bubble, while playing with a plastic canvas train set. My brother and I would take turns rearranging all the houses and the trains while under the tree. It was a Christmas decoration that we could use over and over again without worrying about “not touching”.
I have 5 kids, so at my house you won’t find any breakable Nativity scenes or decorations (that’s because they’ve all been broken already–lol!) So I decided that I want Christmas decorations around that they won’t get in trouble for touching. I want my kids to be able to move and play with the nativity scenes. I want them to pretend and bring to life the nativity story in their minds. I want my kids to have good memories pretending, playing and interacting with our Christmas decorations. I tell you I was absolutely thrilled when Fisher Price Little People came out with a nativity set several years ago. I think I have just as much fun as my kids playing with the sets (as you can tell by all my photos–lol!) I’d love to one day have all the add-ons too. 🙂
This year I made a Nativity Scene I Spy Bottle. I purchased a mini-nativity set to place in the bottle. It will be a nice activity to have on hand during the month of December. For complete instructions, see the link above.
We also like to make our own sets each year. Here are some sites I’ve found that have printable nativity scenes or Christian Christmas coloring pages:
Free Printable Nativity from Scrapbook Scrapbook
Nativity Craft from First-School
Christmas Nativity Felt Board from DLTK
The Nativity:Games and Print-outs
Nativity Scene Clip-art
Christmas Nativity Coloring Pages
More Nativity Coloring Pages
Nativity Coloring Pages from Christian Preschool Printables
Christmas Printables, Games, File-Folder Activities from Christian Preschool Printables
Making Friend’s Printable Paper Dolls–Nativity
Nativity Coloring Pages from Coloring Book Fun
Handmade Nativity Set
Nativity Lapbook by Photojenic
3-D Printable Manger
Christian Symbols Ornaments
We also enjoyed this interactive nativity set:
So do you have a special nativity set just for the kids? Do you make your own? Share your ideas or links to your blog posts in the comments and I”ll pull them together in another Making Christmas Meaningful Post.