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When I was a kid I always wanted a nativity set, but alas we never had one. Maybe this is why I got so excited about finding a nativity set for my daughter this year, even though she’s still a little small to “get it”, I still thought it would be fun. And I’m happy to say that my daughter is pretty smitten with the set we ended up choosing.
I searched high and low looking for the right set for us and found some pretty great ones along the way. Here are a few of the most toddler-friendly options I found in my search!
1. Softoys Fabric Nativity House
An adorable soft nativity set. This is a great option if you have younger siblings around. Totally safe!
2. Haba Nativity Play Scene
One of my friends got this nativity set for her little boy and it’s so cute! It reminds me of a little storybook Bible I had as a kid.
3. Playmobil Nativity Manger Stable Set
I will say a few things about this set: 1. It is definitely better for older toddlers, because there are a lot of small pieces, 2. You have to have a PhD in rocket science to put this thing together, 3. My daughter LOVES it. I was a little surprised by all the small pieces, since it had been awhile since I’d played with any Playmobil toys, but since we already bought it, I decided to take away all the tiny accessories and store them away for later (i.e. that angel wand among others) so she could use it now. She’s obsessed with Baby Jesus and carries him all over the house “Baby Jesus with us Mama!” I also got rid of the cheesy cardboard background immediately and it looks way better and is easier to store now.
4. Bamboo Nativity Set
I love this bamboo nativity set. Especially the animals … and the stable … and the tiny little manger. SO cute!
5. Seedling Create A Wooden People Family
I actually purchased this set to DIY my own nativity set for next year while they were having a sale at Zulilly. The wooden peg people are bigger than others I’ve seen and will give me the option of getting creative. I wasn’t feeling up to a DIY project this year, but am looking forward to making these next year to have a prettier set to keep out on display.
6. Tales of Glory Nativity Set
Made from PVC, this nativity set is truly adorable. It’ll be the perfect way for you to share the story of Christmas with the kids!
7. Engelberg Nativity Set
OK, I’ll be the first to admit that this nativity set is obscenely expensive, which is why I didn’t purchase it, but can we please talk about how amazing it is? If I could convince my husband that a nativity set was an “investment” this would totally be mine. I like that it’s simple and rustic, but still has faces on the pieces. I’m not a big fan of the faceless nativity sets.
8. Minniefolk Nativity
A sweet and simple little nativity set. These are made locally (to me) in Oregon and are handmade and painted with non-toxic paints and sealants. So lovely. A simple way to introduce a nativity without having 8,000,000 pieces around.
9. Fun Express Mini Christmas Nativity Set
This is a super cute first nativity set for your kids. It comes with all the key players of the Christmas story. The characters are colorful and the littles ones will love it!
10. Fisher-Price Little People A Christmas Story
Teach your kids all about the nativity story through the familiar faces of Fisher-Price’s Little People! The best part about this play set? The star lets up and plays the song “Away in the Manger.” What kid doesn’t love a musical toy?
11. Melissa & Doug Nativity
A great wooden nativity option by Melissa & Doug! It’s truly beautiful and perfectly durable to handle any holiday madness.
12. Handmade Holy Family
These little beauties are handmade in Germany and they are so lovely.