The very best thing about this kid friendly nativity is that outside of soaking with it in the bath or taking a saw to it I can’t see how your children could ruin it. In the last 8 years our set has been used and abused and it still looks great. Full disclosure the back of the donkey says “YAK” and the small sheep and one Wiseman have been colored orange on the top but it hasn’t stopped them from being fully functional and fun!
Since getting married 22 years ago my in-laws have given my husband and I pieces to a beautiful nativity set. It is the Fontanini brand, I love it because even though it looks beautiful it is not breakable. That has become quite the blessing with having 7 kids (as I’m sure you can imagine).
Although it is durable it is still *mine* and I prefer the kids not play with it. I’ve tried to encourage them to leave it alone by having their own sets to play with.
We love the cute Fisher Price Little People Nativity and have at least 2 sets. They love that they had their own pieces to move around and play with as we talked about the birth of Christ. I have fewer children now who sit and play with them but because they are so fun we put them out and when cousins come to play everyone loves them again. This set will definitely make the “keep for grandchildren” collection.
As time went on and more kids came, one nativity set wasn’t enough. Back before Pinterest I saw a small picture of a nativity I could make and it would be a kid friendly nativity to add to our collection. With a little work (searching for images and then even manipulating them for my needs) I had my kid friendly nativity done in no time. Our block kid friendly nativity is one of the things out every year and last things put away because we love it that much.
The cost was very minimal since I had the wood scraps on hand and then it only required a printer, paper, the blocks and Mod Podge. If you don’t want to cut your own wood pieces there are lots of different sizes you can find at craft stores and even on Amazon.
If you don’t want to print out the images I used, another option (that wasn’t around back when I made these) is to cut images out of vinyl. Cricut has a lot of nativity images in Design Space that would be perfect for this project. You can find some here.
A long time ago I was told if you were going to use a printed image + Mod Podge to make sure and print them out in draft or quick print mode so there isn’t a lot of ink to smear.
Make your own Kid Friendly Nativity!
Step 1 – print out the images. Paula and I both have this printer and really like it.
Step 2 – figure out what size (based on the images) I needed to cut my blocks. You can also set your image size to match the block sizes you already have.
Step 3 – cut out all the images.
Step 4 – *optional* paint the blocks.
Step 5 – *optional* stain the edges.
Step 6 – use Mod Podge to stick the images on the blocks
Step 7 – Mod Podge over the whole thing to seal the paper down.
Step 8 – have fun with your kid friendly nativity
Kids Felt Christmas Tree