A few years ago my children were really into Lego, so I planned some ways to explore the Christmas story using Lego.

You can buy a set online but, like these ones, they’re not cheap and only feature a small number of the characters actually mentioned in the Bible story, so here are a few options to DIY!

1 Free Build

Put out the big bag of Lego on the table and invite the children to create a scene as you the story from the Bible. (You could use the mini book that comes with the GodVenture Sticker Advent Calendar as it has the WHOLE Christmas story.) We started the story with Zechariah and Elizabeth and baby John, and worked through to the visit of the wise men and Simeon and Anna in the temple. We ended up with a huge ‘set’ where the Lego characters we created are assigned different roles as the story moves from one scene to another. You could also do a free build after reading the whole story and invite everyone to make whichever part of the story they choose or to work together to make a scene.

2 Use instructions

There are loads of Lego nativity ideas online, some of which even have instructions on how to make them. I’ve downloaded some of these and have offered them alongside the free build option. Here are some nice instructions I’ve found which include hand-drawn instructions for Mary, Joseph and Jesus, the shepherds and wise men, sheep and camels! There’s plenty there to get even fairly serious Legoheads engaged!

My children have enjoyed a combination of these ideas, making the Mary, Joseph and Jesus from the instructions, and creating ad-lib sheep and a donkey and a house for them to stay in.

If you do have fun with this, I’d love to see your creations over on Instagram or Facebook.