I am thrilled to be part of a joint effort of Focus on the Nativity with other bloggers sharing activities to teach our children the story of Jesus’ birth. In addition, today is the Outdoor Play Party.
I created an outdoor play activity that focused on celebrating the Christmas message.
Jesus’ life began with humble beginnings, and the imaginary play scene represents that. Between two trees, I hung a sheet and covered the ground with pine needles to symbolize the stable where he was born. A drawer is the manger, and there is a blanket for swaddling clothes and a baby doll for Jesus.
For Biblical time period dress up clothes, I cut holes in old pillow cases and ropes for belts.
The children played in the nativity play scene, taking care of the baby Jesus. While not all their play reflected a holy nature, it allowed them to make the experience of Jesus’ birth more meaningful to them during this season of Christmas.
For 20+ more ideas on sharing the nativity story with your children, click here for the linky party hosted by The Imagination Tree.
For more ideas for creating outdoor play spaces to delight your children, visit Mother of Discussion to see how her boys made their own shelters based on a book, and I love how Mummy Musings & Mayhem landscapes with her toddlers in mind.