We’re not a religious family. To be honest, the only time we really go to church is for weddings and funerals, although when the kids are older I’d love to take them at Christmas: that aside, I think it’s so important that kids know what the true meaning of Christmas is. We may not practise it, but we are Christians so we should know about it.
Today, I made a little nativity scene to start introducing the idea to the boys.
It only took ten minutes.
With Graham’s help (and a big knife!) we cut a craft peg down to make baby Jesus. I covered an old match box in masking tape and lined it with cotton wool (if you have straw it would make a great sensory activity!). I wrapped a small piece of felt around him and tied it on with string and drew him a face with a black pen.
Mary and Joseph both had little capes of felt tied on with string and felt tipped faces.
The angel had a little white cape on and I used the glue gun to glue a little pipe cleaner halo on his head
To try and complete it I added a few if the animals from their various sets and used play dough to hold it onto the base (a piece of cardboard).
They had fun playing with the little scene, making sure baby Jesus was cosy and tucking him in!
I will keep this little set safe so that as they get older they can use it to tell the story.