Edited with new links and sets for 2016
My name is Victoria and I’m a nativity scene addict. There. I’ve said it.
I just love nativity sets, especially ones which everyone can touch, play with and enjoy. There’s some lovely ones about, and although it may seem like quite a bit of money, I’ve found this is one of the best ways to engage my family in the story of Christmas. The key is having something which can be played with, used to tell, explore and respond the story. Here’s some ideas of things you can do.
And now on to sharing my favourite sets with you:
This one is colourful and toddler proof. I’ve used it when doing Godly Play version of the The Holy Family story with one and two year olds at nursery. The ELC have finally brought out a Happyland one and Asda are joining in with this little wooden one.
This nativity in a box is so sweet! Perfect for a small space or to take with you if you go away this Christmas.
I totally love this Russian doll nativity and my girls adore taking it out and putting it all away again (Just don’t think too hard about the sizes of the various characters or the theology of which fits inside which!).
Or a nativity puzzle. Spiritual and fine motor development in one toy!
And of course there’s always the Play Mobil one with loads of pieces and the simpler 123 Play Mobil one for toddlers – we’ll be using this one in our GodVenture Pocket Advent Bunting but you could use any pockets to make your own Pocket Advent Calendar.
Which one will you add to your home this year?