Friday, December 7, 2012

A Week of Fun Christmas Crafts - Personal Nativity Sets

Nativity Blocks - I could have the boys draw their own when they are older + wood scraps + paint and Mod Podge...an awesome craft to keep the kids busy during Christmas BreakThirty one years ago on our first Christmas together, my husband gave me a Precious Moments Nativity set. It is part of our Christmas tradition for me to set it up each year. Nativity sets can be a fun way to help children learn, remember and understand the beginning of the story of the Best Gift Ever; Jesus' birth! So, today for our week of Christmas crafts, I'm sharing two simple, and fun, ideas for how your grandchildren can make their own nativity sets. Sets which will hold up to little hands handling them year after year and which can help them start a Christmas tradition of their own as they set them out each year! 

salt dough nativity sceneI found both sets on Pinterest, so if you follow the links, you'll find all the supplies and directions you need to make a salt dough nativity set or a wood block nativity set. If you decide to make the salt dough nativity set, it will take a couple days - or at least several hours - to complete as children form their pieces so you can bake them. Once they've cooled, the children can paint their sets - or color with permanent ink pens. And remember, it is okay to have your grandchildren make just the main parts of their set - send the salt dough recipe home with them so their family could work together to make additional sheep, shepherds, wise men, angels, etc. to add to their set.

If you make the wood block nativity set, again, you could have your grandchildren make just the main parts and then if families want to add to their set, they can do so. I like using permanent ink pens instead of paint since they do not have to take time to dry. I also like these as you can allow children to draw their own Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, etc. or give them stickers or printed figures to add to their blocks.

Whichever set you decide to use, be sure to talk with your grandchildren about who each person in their set represents and what they did when Jesus was born. Talk with them about how just as Mary, Joseph and the shepherds all chose to obey and the wise men chose to seek Jesus, they can make the same choices today!

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