Yesterday, our Playmobil Nativity arrived in the mail and it is sooooo cute! I absolutely love it! It took me awhile to put all the tiny pieces together, but it was so worth it- what a great toy! I was trying to decide what was the best way for me to keep all the little pieces together in my house, and knew it needed to be contained, so I made a nativity sensory bin for my kids to play with!
You could put together a nativity sensory bin with any kid-friendly nativity set, and you can see a list of my favorite nativities for kids here.
What’s in our Nativity Sensory Bin:
- Playmobil Nativity Set
- Green Rice (we colored it ourselves)
- Pebbles from craft store
- Wooden palm trees from craft store (They had 5 different options- the ones I got were already painted and only 60 cents each.)
- Blocks for building the stable and the Inn
- Wooden star, also from craft store, also already painted (I glued it to the end of a popsicle stick so that you can stand it up in the rice to make it tall.)
- Wooden fence pieces from craft store (I had to paint these white myself.)
- All inside a Rubbermaid tub- this way I can put the lid on when play time is over!
We had so much fun putting this together! First, we colored rice green. We put the rice into big aluminum roasting pans, and added several squirts of hand sanitizer, and some green food coloring. I didn’t measure anything. You can also use rubbing alcohol rather than hand sanitizer, but I couldn’t find ours. Stir until it’s all green, and then let it dry. I put ours in the oven on “warm”, stirring occasionally, to speed up the drying process. My kids really enjoyed this process!
Then I just arranged all the stuff in there for the kids. I had a lot of fun setting it up!
Having the rice in there makes it so much fun to play with and arrange!
I have so many memories of being a child and setting up our nativity set when decorating for Christmas. Setting it up was all the fun! Now my kids have a nativity set they can rearrange as many times as they like!
It’s a hit!