When I discovered Playmobil toys, I purchased their nativity set which I felt was a good value. However, the set has very tiny pieces and it's not quite right for my 4 year old and 2 year old boys. I will save the Playmobil set for 2-3 years from now when it will be better suited for them. In the meantime, I found a nativity set made by Schleich that looks beautiful -- we have several Schleich animals that the kids enjoy. I think this may be a great set, and I am thinking of getting it and giving it to the kids for St. Nicholas (another tradition I did not grow up with -- my husband did, and while I'm not keen on tons and tons of presents at the holidays, I think we can keep our celebration modest and frugal.)
However, I am torn..... at our 2 year old parent-child class at a local Christian school, the teacher has a lovely homemade nativity that has felt characters glued to wooden blocks -- super child friendly and it's homemade -- I love that. Not that I need another craft project to add to my list -- I am already thinking about making felt play food, personalized ABC photo books, and curtains for the new baby's room.... But the homemade nativity would be neat. I would need to search and see if I can find patterns for the people and animals. I would love to find if anyone has made these on a crafting blog, but my searches from last year came up empty.
Oooh, found via Google! A couple links -- a pattern for sale, and a project book with instructions. Also on Etsy -- patterns for felt dolls, very cute!
I'm not sure which path we'll take, but these are the current best ideas.
Then, we should look for some great Christmas story books for the family. So many projects, so little time! Any recommendations?