Make Your Own Bethlehem Small World Play Scene with Shepherds Hillside

Make your own Bethlehem Small World Play Scene from simple household items & explore the Nativity characters as they journey to Bethlehem, the stable & the shepherd's hillside. Perfect open-ended play for young children to explore the Christmas Story.


Remember our original Bethlehem Small World Play Scene? This simple small world play scene created from recycled materials has offered so many opportunities for imaginative play.


We used a small recycled cardboard box to make the stable, & added a few strips of cardboard for a roof, plus a few more to cover the stable floor.


 Minnie finished it off with a handful of straw & added our homemade manger. This was simply made from two pieces of H shaped cardboard & stuck together at the bottom, with a little straw added to the middle.



I love the simplicity of this.


There are also hills... & they're alive with the sound of bleating! The small sheep from Minnie's toy farm are enjoying grazing on the hilltop.


To make the basic structure of our hills we used an upturned mixing bowl, a small narrow box, some scrunched up newspaper & covered with some remnants of curtain fabric. (Any green fabric would be perfect for this, as any excess material can be tucked underneath the container.) To add another texture & create a rocky hillside scene, we added a few pebbles.


In a new twist to the Christmas story Mary & Joseph visited the shepherds!!


The characters have had many adventures in this small world play scene, & it's been wonderful to observe Minnie's imagination, creativity, & understanding of the story at just 3yrs old.


Looking for more creative ways to explore the Nativity Story with young children?
Take a look at our Nativity & Advent ideas.