The Nativity – a must-have in the Christmas decor. But for some reason, all the Nativity sets I have ever seen are fragile and categorized in the “no touch” decorations. My grandma had (has?) a gorgeous set made from a polished, white porcelain that was placed strategically on a bed of faux “snow”, a blanket of angel hair. Two things I remember about this set: 1) constant reminders from my mom to not touch any figures! and that 2) the “angel hair” was made with fiberglass, so it would have cut our fingers anyway.
The Nativity set that I have (from before I had kids) is somewhat similar: porcelain figurines, handcrafted and hand painted, not meant to be handled.
It wasn’t until the kiddos came along (constantly being overcome with some sort of magnetic force to the breakable statues) that I wished there were more of a “kid-friendly” Nativity set.
Enter Super Saturday - where great and creative minds collaborate to provide simple ideas for the “not-so-crafty” (like me). A woman in our ward (church group) offered her idea for a “hands on” Nativity scene made Especially for Kids!
Connie Averett created these blocks and brought all the pieces needed for me to assemble. She had already pre-cut the wood, but as you can see, it is just a 2×4 chopped down to the height necessary. The hardest part about this project was the sanding (only because I did it by hand), but it made for a nice conversational opportunity with the other ladies sanding as well.
After all the pieces are sanded, apply a coat of wood stain – your choice of color – and allow for blocks to dry.
Once the stain has dried, apply stickers (which came as a ”set” on the same sheet, and could probably be found at any scrap booking store). In order for the stickers to adhere to the block, apply a layer of Mod Podge over the sticker and the face of the block. As the Mod Podge dries, it will create a transparent and durable covering to protect the design.
And once that has dried, your Nativity blocks are ready for arranging! And re-arranging. This set screams “come play with me!” Every participant in the Nativity scene, from the wise men to the shepherds will all have their chance to hold Baby Jesus. And you won’t have to stress about having super glue on hand in case the angel is missing a wing the next day.