Christmas is fast approaching and I really wanted to add in some seasonal Tot School ideas. It seemed like the perfect time to have some activities based around the Nativity, so this week we have some Nativity crafts for kids, and ideas for DIY Nativity sets as well as the usual sensory play and snacks that are perfect for your toddler or preschooler in our Nativity Tot School.
Nativity crafts for kids
Crafts are a brilliant way to develop fine motor skills as well as creativity and this week your little one will have so many wonderful Nativity crafts for kids that can be used to decorate the house for Christmas, hang on the tree or give as a gift to Daddy or Grandma.
Clothespin Manger Nativity Scene Christmas Craft – If you don’t have a nativity scene yet why not make one with your children. This clothes peg craft is pretty simple aconnd will be something your family can treasure for years to come.
How to Make a Nativity Silhouette – Here’s another twist on the Nativity silhouette, but this time the background is painted and looks quite beautiful.
Jesus in a Manger – This one is simple enough for the younger tots and will make a lovely Tree decoration.
Nativity Ornament Tutorial – These “Unto Us is Born” decorations look amazing and would make the perfect gifts for teachers or neighbours. They actually look like they’ve come from a very expensive store, no one would guess the kiddos had made them!
3 Kings – Because you can’t have a nativity without the three kings right?
Nativity sets for kids
Small World Play, or Pretend Play is a wonderful way for your child to explore and comprehend the world around them. At Christmas you might have a Nativity set which is perfect for small world play, unless of course, it’s a family heirloom and you don’t want to risk it getting broken. But don’t worry because we’ve found some wonderful ideas for making your own nativity set with your child!
Here are some fabulous ideas for DIY nativity sets for kids:
Felt Nativity Set Pattern Free Download – This Nativity set is made entirely from felt, for a different small world play experience.
The Nativity – Here’s an idea for a Nativity the children can craft themselves, and some story pebbles which are slightly different to the ones I just mentioned.
FREE Paper Doll Printables – The Nativity – Oh this set of Nativity printables is so stinking adorable! Print them out on magnet sheets and use a cookie tray to play. Then print some out on cardboard and hang them on the tree, or use them as gift tags!
Nativity Story Cube – Here’s another way to tell the Nativity story, with a cube. You can either print out one that’s all in colour, or a black and white version that your child can colour in before they play.
Nativity Scene – Made with LEGO – If your little ones are big fans of LEGO they will have a blast building the Nativity Scene using their favourite bricks!
Here are some Nativity themed books for you to read together:
The Nativity Story by Juliet David
Who is Coming to Our House? by Joseph Slate
Room for a Little One by Martin Waddel
Nativity sensory tubs
Sensory tubs are a brilliant way to encourage learning through invitation to play. Little ones can explore their senses as well as practicing pouring and measuring, counting and patterning.
- Nativity Sensory Bin – I love this sensory bin, right down to the craft stick manger!
- Nativity Box – Here’s another great idea for a Nativity sensory box, I’ve been inspired by the additions of silk and muslin cloth.
Putting on a Nativity play
For encouraging gross motor skills this week why not mix it up with some dramatic play, and have your children act out the Nativity story. It would be a wonderful show for them to put on at Christmas with all the family watching!
To help develop numeracy and literacy skills you can use one of the many free printable packs that are shared by other mums. Here are some Nativity printables:
- Nativity UNO
- Free Nativity PreKK Printable Pack (Limited Time)
- 12 Days of Christmas ~ Free Nativity Printables
- Nativity Puppets
- Free Advent Colouring Book plus 100’s of Advent Colouring Pages
- Printable Christmas Song Cards Game for Kids
- FREE Printable Christmas Nativity
All this learning is enough to make anyone hungry, so why not fix one of these tasty Nativity themed snacks to enjoy together:
- Nativity Snack – How’s this for the perfect Nativity snack, I love the star made from cheese!
- Jelly Baby Jesus Cakes – Or these little “Baby Jesus sleeping in the hay” cakes that the kids can have fun making!
- Simple Nativity Snack – This snack is so simple even the youngest toddlers will have fun getting involved.
- Gingerbread Nativity – For the most amazing Nativity snack spend an afternoon building this Nativity scene and then eat it all up!
~Clare – currently pinning to Activities for Toddlers.