As a child, I vividly remember my Granny's beautiful nativity! I was in awe every year when it was carefully unwrapped and painstakingly placed in just the right spots. I knew better than to touch it, but it seemed to beckon everyone to come and gaze upon its beauty! Maybe it was the artistry of the figurines themselves or perhaps it was the beautiful way it was displayed, I couldn't really say. I do know that I loved it and wish I was in possession of it to this day!
Little Mister is very hands on and definitely not ready to just 'gaze in awe' at anything. So I searched for some kid friendly nativities. I found an exciting (yet older) post from Mama Smiles. She used felt shapes to make the figures of the nativity scene.
I was immediately intrigued by the shapes idea. Why not sneak in some math activity while having some fun?!
We used 5 triangles, 3 circles, 2 rectangles and 1 oval.
First, he played with the shapes making all sorts of things. Then I showed how they made people when we placed them a certain way. He was thrilled! My Little Mister has such a sweet soul. When we put together the baby Jesus, he whispered, "Mommy that baby is beautiful"!
Next, we glued the shapes onto a block of wood. After it dried completely, I Modge Podged it. It now sits on our mantle and I think of my Granny's beautiful nativity every time I see it!
Remember the TRUE Reason for the Season!