10 of the Best Wooden Nativity Sets for Kids to Play With

One of the things I love about a wooden Nativity Set is that they are made to last! Not only are they robust & tactile, but they're also eco-friendly too, making them a perfect gift to share. For me, the best Nativity sets are the ones that invite young children to dive in & play encouraging hands-on exploration of the Christmas Story. This selection of Nativity Sets do just that, so whether you're looking for one for your family, a gift for a child, or one for your Classroom or Church, there's something for all ages here.

At the beginning of December, our well-loved wooden Nativity Set reappears in our home. We've had it for 10 years now & over the years it's been played with, taken around the house on various adventures, & now has pride of place next to our Christmas Tree. We've chosen the following wooden Nativity Sets with play in mind, focusing on sustainability & value for money.

10 of the Best Wooden Nativity Sets for Kids to Play
with this Christmas 

1. Fairtrade Nativity Stable with 9 Figures from Babipur - £24.99
This Nativity Set is very similar to ours with its bold colours, & large wooden figures. The stable doubles up as a storage box to hold all the pieces after play, & the size of the figures makes them ideal for younger children to hold. With its Fairtrade sticker & being made from sustainable rubberwood, it ticks our eco-friendly checklist too.

Lanka Kade Nativity Stable And 9 Characters

2. Starry Night Nativity (Fairtrade) from Mullberry Bush £27
The sturdy solid chunky figures in this set are again great for little ones, & the simple colourful details are eyecatching. I love the simple stable background stand, & the style of the whole set. If you have less space in your home this is ideal.

3. Scandi Style Wooden Nativity from Not on the High Street £20
Looking for something more minimal? This set with its linear design & accents of gold makes it a beautifully simple set to treasure. Maybe more suitable for older toddlers, but something to reuse year after year.

4. Nativity Set from JoJo Maman Bebe £26
This neat colourful simple fits handily inside the stable/box. The skittle shape of the figures makes them easy for little hands to manipulate, & I love that baby Jesus can lay down in the manger or sit up & play 'peek-a-boo'. Great set for carrying around.

5. Nativity Building Blocks from Eden £26.99
Love these chunky Nativity Building Blocks which are just great for encouraging young children to create their own version of the story with oodles of opportunity for open-ended play. You could use the building blocks to create different backgrounds to explore the different journeys the characters travelled on. Its solid & colourful design makes this a great set to share.

6. Melissa & Doug Classic Nativity Set from Amazon £19.99
A bigger play set with solid figures, this is bound to inspire lots of play. With its beautifully illustrated 3D background it allows the figures to sit inside or around the stable with the angel looking down on the scene from the roof. The set includes a version of the Christmas Story on the packaging, making it a lovely Christmas gift to share.

7. Jumini Nativity Set with fold away stable carry case from Amazon £17
This set is great for exploring the Nativity Story at home or on the move! With it's bright, eye-catching colourful design it's hard not to love it. The detailed illustrations on the outside & inside of the stable with its fold-out floor create a fabulous small world play scene, & the rounded figures are great for small hands to hold & ideal for babies to explore. All the figures can be stored in the stable storage box & with its sturdy handle, children can easily transport this special set to its next destination. Great if you're away from home this Christmas.

8. Wooden Nativity Set with Stable from Early Learning Centre £22
Another adorable bright Nativity Set with appealing age-appropriate play figures. The removable roof in this set allows children to move the figures around the playset easily, & the angel can be lifted from the front of the stable. The solid figures are ideal for children 12months up (baby Jesus doesn't come out of the manger) & it's sure to be a treasured toy year after year.

9. Nativity Russian Dolls Set of 6 from Amazon £9.99
Looking for an alternative to the classic Nativity Set? How about these Russian style nesting dolls representing key figures from the Nativity. Great for stacking or using as small world play figures to retell the Christmas story. Suitable for 4yrs+ due to small figures.

10. Traditional Large Wooden Nativity Scene from Not on The High Street - £22.95
Looking for an interactive Nativity Scene for slightly older children? This wooden cutout 3D Nativity design has individual pieces that can be removed. I love that you can see all the natural grain of the natural wood, this would make an amazing family keepsake.

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