December 03, 2010

The Fifth Day of CHRISTMAS - Nativity Blocks

Today I wanted to share with you these nativity blocks that my talented sister-in-law made for our family.  My boys love them. 


They are fun because the boys can play with them all they want, rather than having a fragile nativity that they aren't allowed to touch.


These ones are homemade blocks with stickers on then.  Then the are covered in a coat of modge podge.


However, you could use any images you can find of the nativity, print them off, and modge podge them.  They don't have to be stickers.  (You can't actually get the stickers she used anymore.  Yeah, that's a bummer.)  You can find a cute digital file of nativity characters for purchase HERE.  I'm sure if you spend a few minutes on the internet, you got find a lot of options.

The blocks were made from about 3 feet of a 2x4.  Can you see how they were cut?  You just have to find someone with a good saw.  If that's not an option you can buy unfinished blocks at the craft store.  (Once again, if you do a search I'm sure you can find a lot of options.)

My sister-in-law gave them to us in a fun Christmas tin - cute and practical for keeping them in.  Yeah, she's a clever one.


My boys actually play with them all year round.  It's a fun way to teach them a little more about the reason for the season.  My favorite is when Rex tries to explain them to Baden.  It's really sweet to watch him talk about baby Jesus.


While it's a toy for younger children, it's also a toy you could let your older children make for someone else.  Thanks, Kate, for letting me share your great idea!

ADDENDUM: If you really like the images I have on my blocks you can find them HERE.

Thanks to all of you for sharing your excitement about CHRISTmas here on the blog.  I have thoroughly enjoyed this week.  I think I might squeeze in one more idea tomorrow, even though it's Saturday.  See you then!

32 comments:

Sarah@sweetpeaandjojo.blogspot.com said...

oh I love these! My parents bought the little people nativity for the kids to play with at their house but I'd like these for home!

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

Sweet, now this is the perfect idea for my little guy. Thanks! And once again, this week is FANTASTIC. I was totally offended last night watching a little TV and seeing the Christmas commercials all about rushing to open presents and getting "what they really want". It's nice to know other people want to keep Christmas about Christ. Don't get me wrong, gifts aren't bad, but it's not want this is all about, gifts are to celebrate Christ.

Leserlee said...

Cheri, I love this idea! We have a Fisher-Price nativity set that my mom gave the kids, but I love Nativity sets, so another one for the kids to play with is an awesome idea. Thanks!

Tiffany said...

Really luv the simplicity in these. Something about being cute and functional, gets me everytime.

Kimberly said...

What a great idea! It couldn't have come at a better time too. Just yesterday my nephew introduced his hammer to his mother's nativity. Baby Jesus has seen better days.
This will be perfect for their family. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

LOVE this idea! They are cute and no worries about anybody being broken!

Tiggeriffic said...

This is a great idea.. I have in the past went to the Christian store and bought a nativity scean that was on sale ~ cheap. My oldest grandchildren (in their 20's now) still have theirs.
I keep mine out year around..Ben likes to move the camels and sheeps around and you never know where baby Jesus is going to end up.. He is right now on top of the manger with the angel...
ta ta for now..from Iowa

Leca Unplugged said...

Way to go Kate! Those are great! I love how simple and yet how practical they are. That's a keeper.

berg4 said...

What a fantastic idea - and a great gift! Thank you so much for sharing.
PS - I really love this week of posts

Tonya said...

These are great! AND a great, reasonable gift for others. I don't want this week to end. These ideas have been awesome.

maygan said...

WOW- those are super adorable! found you today through Catholic Icing's blog, we have the little people nativity set near our tree but I'd love to make something like this for my sons to have in their room as well. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

Kathy Hansen said...

These are great...I love that they are simple, yet so unique and functional!

Heather at Dragonfly Designs said...

I think that I might have those stickers in my scrapbooking stash!!! Now I have to go look! What a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring this week!

Tori said...

I found these (http://lds.org/images/Magazines/Friend/Archive/friendlp.nfo:o:642.jpg) images at friend.lds.org. They aren't as cute as the one's you have, but they are free and still tell the story.

Angie said...

What a cute idea! I love it!

jajb.lilly said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea and am bundling up the kids to head to home depot for some wood!! Thanks for sharing.

Jasmine said...

I love these so much!

aliciajill said...

I just wanted to let you know you inspired me. I made these yesterday afternoon for a gift. I love how they turned out! And I was quite excited to get to play with power tools and take a break from my sewing machine! lol. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

berg4 said...

Cheri - I tried my hand at these blocks.
http://4bergcraft.blogspot.com/2010/12/nativity-blocks.html
I will definitely be making more and gifting them this year. Thank you so much!

Michelle said...

Those are great!

~april said...

what a creative and wonderful idea for little ones! i want to find some blocks now!

Erin said...

made some!
http://lookwhaterinmade.blogspot.com/2010/12/nativity-blocks.html

Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. said...

Hmmm...may need to make a set of these. Great idea!

Busy as a Bee in Paris said...

wonderful idea! please link up
http://busyasabeeinparis.blogspot.com/2010/11/christmas-ideas-for-children-des-idees.html
would love to have you!
xo,
maria

kristen said...

I found some stickers at Oriental Trading Co., 12 sets for $2.49. This is on my list for next year. Thanks for the idea.

Mama B said...

That is so awesome! what a great idea!

Erin Hagood said...

Did you print the figures on regular paper or something else? Where is everyone finding the blocks?

Anonymous said...

I LOVE everything about these blocks! My son would have a blast playing with them all year long as well! Just featured this!

Sara said...

Made them too - super easy!!!

http://skeesblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/lessons-in-mod-podge.html

Pam from Over the Big Moon said...

I featured this today at Over the Big Moon! You can check it out here: http://overthebigmoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/nativity-pre-k-pack.html

Thanks!

Pam
www.overthebigmoon.com

Ashlee said...

I saw these and had to do a double take. Those stickers are my mom's! She's an artist, and designed these a few years back. What are the chances?!

Lisa S said...

These are really cute. Although, I went to the site for the clip art you used and went to purchase it, and it is unavailable now. I looked all over the internet at other clip art possibilities and I still like what you used the best. Are there other options you can recommend? I'd like to make these for some nieces and nephew. thanks!
lisastassforth at sbcglobal dot net

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