Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Cardboard Box and Toilet Roll Nativity Scene

Over the last week we've been having fun making our own Nativity scene from the contents of the recycling box and some fabric scraps.  Creating the characters of the Nativity is a great way to encourage story telling and learning together about the Christmas story.

As we begin to prepare for Christmas in our home it is good to have this play scene as a visible reminder of the story we are celebrating and the real meaning of Christmas.

First up was to make the stable, this year we went for a house with a stable next door with red brick tiles. (I'm not sure this is really much like houses would have been in Bethlehem then but never mind!)

Yesterday we got busy making the characters of the story.  We used cardboard tubes/toilet rolls, pens, fabric scraps, gold chocolate wrappers, string, tinsel and lots of glue!

First up were Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus.  (I love Joseph's curly beard!)

Next we set about some shepherds.  Again lots of beards!

The three kings. 
 We had some brown painted cardboard tubes left over from our pirate telescopes earlier in the year and these were great for the darker skin of the wise men from the East and also a nice starter conversation about the diversity of people there are in our world.

And finally the angel.  

Little Chick and I had lots of fun choosing the fabrics, I did the cutting of the fabric and tying the headband whilst Chick did glueing and drawing on the faces.  Shoeshine just enjoyed drawing lots of faces all over her toilet roll and didn't really want any clothes for hers.

We then assembled our characters with their stable and house, cut out a star for the sky and found an animal trough for baby Jesus.

Finally we added a bit of straw.  All ready for small world play and story telling.

Although apparently I had forgotten the fairies that needed to join the angels above the stable! 

Here's our pipe and pipe cleaner nativity scene from last year.

Little Chick 4.5 years
Shoeshine 2.5 years
Baby Boo 7 months


  1. This is one of the sweetest things I have seen in a long time! Please consider sharing this with us at the Eco-Kids Link-UP! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-elfing-begins-again-eco-kids-tuesday.html

    1. Thank you Hannah. You've gotta love just how many things you can make with contents of the recycling bin!

  2. Such a 100% ADORABLE nativity. It is so special and gorgeous. I bet you willk keep it for a long time!!! :-)

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


    1. I can see over the years we are going to collect up a lot of homemade nativity sets! Thanks Maggy for stopping by.

  3. Lovely!! Thanks for joining in our nativity blog hop. Such a sweet scene. we are making our loo roll characters a day at a time through advent as we tell the story. We are forming quite a collection !

    1. Thank you Anna! Such a great idea to make the characters throughout advent and tell the story as you go. Making this brought back memories of doing it when I was a kid!

  4. Thank you for sharing with us on Eco Kids! I pinned this great idea onto my Recycled Toilet Paper Rolls Board: http://pinterest.com/pin/48554502204375906/

    I'm your newest follower too!


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