Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Make Your Own Nativity Tree

These Nativity Trees are simple to create & great for exploring & retelling the Christmas Story.


To make our tree we used:
A clean jam jar
Packet of plasticine
A tree branch
Sheet of coloured card & sticky tape

We started by adding the strips of plasticine to the bottom of the jar, then secured the tree branch by pushing it into the centre of the plasticine. To add more weight to the jar you could add a few small pebbles. To give a colourful base to our tree we wrapped a strip of red card around the jar & secured with sticky tape. You could of course decorate the strip of card or draw your own Nativity scene on it.


For our decorations we used a beautiful set of illustrations by Susie Poole. Susie has written many children's books & her illustrations are just captivating. The set of Nativity figures that we used for our tree is designed for a standing Nativity scene, but we created a slightly smaller version to hang on our Tree.

You can find the 2 sheets of Susie Poole's Nativity illustrations here at the Church Coffee Blog.

The illustrations can be coloured in, cut out & stuck together. To create a hanger for each character we opened out paperclips & stuck them to the back of each illustration with sticky tape.


Then our Nativity figures were ready to decorate the Nativity Tree. 


Our original Nativity Tree is brought into our house at the beginning of December & Minnie loves playing with the characters, creating conversations between them, & decorating & redecorating the tree during Advent. This paper version can be easily made with a group of children & they make a great activity to take home & explore.

This tree is ideal for introducing the Nativity story & discovering the key characters. Children can retell the narrative, & sequence all the different parts of the story discovering where the characters appeared within it. 

If you're looking for another Nativity Scene to print off & colour check out this fantastic set created by Made by Joel

Happy Advent!

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