Friends of my family growing up had a manger in their house in place of a tree and they filled the manger in the days leading up to Christmas with gifts for Jesus. I love how that symbolizes the meaning of the season. Nativities are another great way to help tell kids the Christmas story. There were several nativity ideas linked up last week – and several others that I found while browsing the internet:
Crystal, of Crystal and Co. mom of 5 boys, made a manger out of TP rolls for their Popsicle stick baby Jesus.
Amy of Serving Pink Lemonade has a nifty tutorial – great pictures – on how to make your own manger with thin cardboard.
Chandi of Inside Out had fun with her kids – they re-enacted the Bible story of Mary and Jesus’ birth.
A fun tradition could be watching the nativity spin from a German Christmas Pyramid (disclosure: My Dad sells these – and I love them).
Katherine created a nativity out of candy for a recent photo shoot of hers (be careful, I think I just spent 30 min in her site – amazing photos).
I am usually not a huge fan of printables, but Lacy has a great printable nativity people collection that you can cut and paste onto TP tubes.
Jessica found a nativity advent calendar made out of felt. Each day had a different character to pull out and talk about with your kids.
UPDATE: We are taking a break from our kid’s meme, It’s Playtime, next week. Many thanks to my co-hosts for a fun weekly meme:
* Anna : The Imagination Tree
* Jamie : hands on : as we grow
* Rachele : Messy Kids
* Jenny : Let the Children Play