Thursday

Children's Play Nativity

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I found these great free printables at MakingFriends.com. But they are no longer available so I recommend that you google "free children's nativity printable." There are other good sets out there and you can follow the same directions I used for mine. 

I thought they would make a nativity that was kid friendly--something my grandkids would enjoy playing with.



I printed them and cut them out.


Then I put them in laminating sheets. If you don't have a laminating machine, you could use clear contact paper or better yet use Duck brand "Peel and Stick Clear Laminate" like I used for my Paper Menu Placemats. (I don't get anything from Duck brand...I just thought it worked well)



I laminated them. 





I chose not to include the goat since it would have required another laminating sheet, and I wasn't especially fond of the goat anyway.



Then I cut the laminated figures out, leaving a border around each.


My husband super glued each figure to a craft stick. He's the super glue expert in our house : )


I used colored sticks, but you could use plain.



Then I put them in an unfinished wood box for storage/display.



I think the grandkids will enjoy them and it will help them think about the real meaning of Christmas. I'll encourage them to act out the Christmas story using the characters. And when all 7 get together, they can give us a performance.



I'd love to hear kid-friendly ways you incorporate the real meaning of Christmas into your decor or play items. If you'd like to pin ideas to my Christian Home and Family, leave a request on the Pinterest Post HERE. And I'd also love to have you incorporate Scripture into your day by subscribing to my 1-Minute Bible Love Notes. Find out more HERE


And I wish you a happy holiday season.
Bless you,
Gail  





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18 comments:

  1. I sent this link to my daughter, who works in a school for the deaf, and the person who runs our Sunday School. I think this is a great idea for each child to have to take home. It might be the only Nativity some have in their homes. Thanks so much for sharing this idea!

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    1. Thanks so much. I hope your daughter and your Sunday school enjoy using them. I think they are especially cute characters. I was happy to find them.

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  2. Such a smart idea to laminate them. I had seen the printables before and planned to print and cutout for my grandsons, but I hadn't considered laminating them. Smart lady. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. They wouldn't have lasted long with my grandchildren if I hadn't laminated them.
      : )

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  3. So beautiful and simple. I'm printing these on cardstock and laminating. Thanks! Blessings.

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    1. Yes, it would be best on card stock. I don't know why I didn't think of that.

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  4. This is very fun! We have been doing Truth in Tinsel, which makes an ornament each day based on some part of the Christmas story. I love these little people and might make my own set. I've been wanting to buy the little people nativity, but this will be cheaper! Also, I've been thinking about buying a laminating machine? Do you think it's worth it? I'm a home day care provider and I laminate about 2 sheets a week. Thanks for sharing!

    Lindsey @ GrowingKidsMinistry

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  5. These are wonderful and I know my group of kids will enjoy them. Thank you for sharing them.

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  6. Hi Gail,
    These are so cute. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/12/7-recipes-and-wednesdays-adorned-from.html
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bee's
    Linda @ With A Blast

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  7. What a fabulous idea! I bet the kids love playing with them. I believe in "please touch"

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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    1. I loved this idea so much that I made one for my little one! http://toddlefast.blogspot.com/2012/12/printable-puppet-nativity.html We even made a "popsicle puppet" stage that I think we'll use again! Thank you!

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    2. Great idea to add a little stage/holder for these.

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  8. So cute!! Nice job. Thanks for linking up Romance on a dime!!

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  9. Love it, thanks Gail for the link and the idea. I'll be making them for my grands. ~ Abby

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  10. What a cute idea. I will be making these for my 5 daughters and I know the little ones especially will love playing with them! Thank you for sharing such a cute idea.
    http://www.thehealthyandfithomeschoolmom.com

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  11. aww that's super cute. I always glue my fingers together when I super glue things so I think your decision to delegate that chore was very very wise ;p

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  12. This looks and sound like a great project and a perfect time to do it. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  13. What a great idea! My kids like to play with laminated figures like these and use playdough to make the scenes. Merry Christmas!
    Tina

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