{Family Time: Building a Nativity}

It’s Wednesday!!! Another favorite day of the week for me because I get to share with you some of the awesome crafts and fun things I’ve done with my children.

I have a Nativity set that comes out every Christmas. I love it and it seems to have found another fan… my 4-year-old daughter. The other day, I sat with her and began to tell her the story of baby Jesus’ birth. She loved it!

She loved it so much that she picked up ‘baby Jesus’ in the palms of her two hands and held him close. She then smiled and closed her eyes and said, “I love baby Jesus!!! He’s my Savior!”

Wow, I just looked at her and thought, ‘Lord, she gets it! Baby Jesus is our Savior!’

After a few times of coming into the Living Room and seeing her pick up baby Jesus, Mary, and the whole gang, I realized that if I didn’t get her a Nativity set of her own, I would not be enjoying mine for too long.

That’s when I went on an online search and came across Mama-Jenn’s blog. I found exactly what I was looking for. So I downloaded the free printable which you can get {here}. The characters were so cute and colorful; I mean, just look at them… How could you not fall in love with such cuteness?! (see below)

I had my nephew over and together, the three of us began the very ‘difficult’ job of building a stable and manger for the baby Jesus!

We used a file folder and some fake moss I had leftover. We put glue down to keep the moss down. Then colored the other side of the folder brown (the walls of the stable).

We used cardboard tubes (from paper towel, toilet paper, or wrapping paper) cut down to about 1/2 inch and glued them to the back of each character. This helped them to stay standing. If you look closely, you can see what I mean in the picture below.

So there you have it. A Nativity set they can play with over and over. This is great for younger kids. There’s a more complex, piece by piece Nativity that older kids can put together.. I’ll share that with you another day. My 12-year-old son is working on that one and he hurt his arm and has not been able to finish it.

This is an awesome opportunity to get your kids playing and re-creating the story of the most amazing birth ever!!! The birth of our Savior! Have fun. Enjoy the laughs. Enjoy the moment. Remember, you are {In Pursuit} of God’s best for your life… and many times, God’s best comes wrapped in these special family moments!!!

© 2016 Darlene Collazo | {In Pursuit} My Quest


  1. Jaden Muniz says:

    They are so cute!!!!!!
    I love the Nativity Scene!!

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