Plastic Cup Nativity Figures

This is a great way to help children to explore the characters of the Nativity story and is a fascinating window into what they think!

Tell the Nativity story and then let the children reflect their observations. What do you think the various characters were thinking and feeling at different times in the story?  You might want to collect some descriptive words.

Next ask them to make their own versions of the Nativity characters and be prepared to be fascinated!

You will need: Plastic or paper cups, paper, pens, sellotape, glue, rubber bands, pipe-cleaners, scissors

Here are some examples of what children have come up with! I especially like the Mary with Jesus glued on!

Advent Angel Game

Each child has their own copy of the angel sheet.  Children need to take turns to roll a dice and colour in the number they throw.  The first child to colour in the whole angel is the winner!  Each of the dice numbers appears a different number of times so, for example, there are more 6s than 2s so there is bound to be a winner at some point!

Click here for a printable pdf version.

Advent Playdough Mat

Advent is a time of waiting and preparation. To fit with this, here is a play dough mat based around the idea of ‘journeying’ (reflecting the journey that Mary and Joseph went on to Bethlehem).  Print out the mat, laminate it for repeated use and get creative!

Click here to print out the mat.