Although I was raised in a Christian home, I did not grow up celebrating the birth of Christ during the Christmas season. Our church denomination believed in being silent where the Bible is silent. Since we don’t know the exact day that Jesus was born, we just didn’t go there. Christmas was all about Santa, toys and not about the Baby Jesus. (I know, I Know! I could write a book on the bizarreness of it all.)
My perspective shifted in my teenage years. The story of Christmas is when the whole world acknowledges a baby in a manger and the wise men. How could I turn my back on such an opportunity to glorify God and the birth of Jesus?
This hands-on nativity is a perfect addition however, I received my first nativity set when I was nineteen. It was an adorable resin one and my parents gave it to me to use in the kindergarten and preschool classes I taught on Sunday mornings. The faces of my little students lit up every time I brought it with me. We would act out the stories, and everyone got a turn because the pieces were practically indestructible.
That first nativity was a blessing and the start of a collection. We’ve added one a year, and have included several kid-friendly nativity sets. They go on a low shelf or in a basket, and the younger ones play with them all month long. The hands-on role play really helps to keep the focus on Christ and the Christmas Story. My children get so excited this time of year because they love counting down to our Jesus Birthday Party!
I usually choose a couple of free printable nativity scenes for my kiddos to play with every year. This year, I decided to make a hands-on magnetic nativity set for my active 6-year-old. She rearranges the items on the front of the fridge all the time, and I know this printable nativity scene will be a fun activity for her to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
Of course, we want you to have our own nativity scene too! Just cut out, and glue a magnet to the back. You might want to laminate them first for durability. Put them all on display at once, or add a piece a day.
The Printable Pack
This printable nativity pack contains worksheets and everything you will need for your story:
- Over 20 story cards in different colors
- The nativity story verses from Matthew & Luke
- 24 numbered stars to lead Mary & Joseph on a countdown to Christmas
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Supplies needed to tell the Story of Jesus
- Card Stock paper
- Glue sticks or craft sticks
Check out these other FUN Resources
FREE Nativity Playdough Mats – Super FUN for the kiddos
FREE Nativity Handwriting Sets – Print and Cursive
Another fun way to engage in the story of the birth of Christ with your kids is to read some nativity books together and do nativity crafts. You could wrap them up and start a new countdown tradition. For even more resources, check out my Nativity Pinterest Board and Advent Coloring Pages: Free Printable Coloring Pages for Kids.
Please share! How do you use your nativity set to keep Christ in Christmas?
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Thank you so much for the printables! I am going to use them with my Sunday School class, all of them are my great grandchildren. I was originally looking for cutouts to make a felt Christmas table runner, and think these will just fine. I will break them into patterns to cut out of felt.
May I pass on a craft to help the children learn the books of the Bible. First, I taught songs about the Books of the Bible. Then,using 4 inch circle template, I type the categories (Law, History, Poetry, etc.) for both Old and New Testaments. Then, I used double sided tape to attach them onto colored Noosa yogurt containers. Next, I typed the names of the books for each category with a smaller template, 1 inch. I used bottle caps of matching colors (to the Noosa containers) and other colors, like brown, purple, etc. A big plastic tub can hold both Old and New Testament containers.
The children delight in searching for the correct category, then book. Usually, we try to have a story from the book chosen. I think I am having the most fun, tho.. 🙂
My husband and I have 25 + nativity sets of various sizes and materials. We have a resin set that stays out all year so that our grandchildren can play with and remember the Christmas story all year.
Where can I purchase or get access to the Nativity count down to Christmas calendar? Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful resources. My preschool students at church are going to love these.