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Joy to the World! 10 Kid-Friendly Nativity Scenes

Dec 9 2013 - 10:53am

Nativity scenes have come a long way since your grandma's day. Whether you choose a modern version from Alessi, a toddler-friendly Fisher Price or Peanuts nativity, or a handcrafted investment set from famed designer Alexander Girard, these 10 nativity scenes are likely to become your child's favorite piece of Christmas decor (all those little pieces!). Keep clicking to find your favorite.

Goose Grease Peg Doll Nativity Set

Etsy vendor Goose Grease's peg doll nativity set [1] ($230) includes nine wooden dolls, each hand-turned on an electric lathe in Bogotá, Colombia and carefully painted with non-toxic materials in a studio in Brooklyn. The heirloom-quality set comes packaged in a stamped canvas bag, ready for gift giving.

Peanuts Nativity Set

The Peanuts nativity set [2] ($50) includes Charlie Brown, Lucy, and the rest of the Peanuts kids (and pets) recreating Christmas Day, complete with the Christmas star and manger.

Natural Nativity Set

Etsy vendor Brown Bear Land's natural nativity set [3] ($74-$78) is kid proof, made of solid beech wood. The six-piece nativity set has smooth surfaces and rounded edges, and the figures are stable and can be arranged as you want.

Kurt Adler Hand-Carved Child's First Nativity Set

Kurt Adler [4]'s hand-carved child's first nativity set [5] ($100) includes 12 hand-carved wooden and painted figures, all sturdy enough for toddler's little hands.

Alessi Statuette Presepe

Made of porcelein, Alessi's Presepe [6] ($108), available in white or red, is a modern take on the classic nativity scene.

Melissa & Doug Nativity Set

Melissa & Doug [7]'s nativity set [8] ($30) is made of kid-friendly wood and includes a four-piece stable and 11 figures, which encourage your child to re-enact the events of that Christmas Day. A retelling of the Christmas story is included on the package.

Bunny With a Tool Belt Nativity Set

Etsy's Bunny With a Tool Belt handcrafted this colorful, abstract, 11-piece nativity set [9] ($350). "The nativity set was always one of my favorite decorations to come out of storage each year," says designer Hilary. "I love being able to design more contemporary sets for other people and families who, like me, like to celebrate the holiday season in nontraditional ways."

House Industries' Alexander Girard Nativity

Based on an Alexander Girard wood-panel illustration, this intricate, 13-piece nativity scene [10] ($800) was created by House Industries from solid maple and basswood. Each hand-assembled set uses nontoxic, child-safe inks.

Made 4 Munchkins Wood Nativity Set

You don't get much more kid-friendly than Made 4 Munchkin's wooden-block nativity set [11] ($28). The 12-piece block set has been handcut, sanded, painted, antiqued, embellished with stickers, and sealed with a nontoxic sealer, making it easy to clean. A retelling of the Christmas story is also included.

Fisher-Price Little People Nativity

Little ones will love setting up Fisher-Price [12]'s Little People Nativity [13] ($40). The adorable set includes a stable, lamb, donkey, camel, and calf, along with the Angel, Joseph, Mary, Baby Jesus, and the three wisemen.


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