It's July, but I know I'm not the only one thinking about Christmas already! :)
Last year I made my niece this Peg Doll Nativity and my Goddaughter these Saints & Cathedral. They were a big hit, and I've continued making pieces and gifts throughout the year.
My niece, like most toddlers, lovessssss animals, so the addition of a barnyard was necessary. I kept looking for unpainted wooden animal cut outs, but came up unsatisfied, so instead used some basic (and cheap) unpainted wooden shapes to create animals to put in her nativity.
I used 2" blocks, 1.5" blocks, 2.5" eggs, and 2" knobs. (All my sources are linked below) The wooden knobs were a better choice than plain spheres because they are flat on one side and will stand up.
You could be super creative and make all kinds of animals, but here is what I ended up with for the nativity:
Camels for each Wise Man:
They all fit nicely inside her stable with the peg doll nativity people. Right now she likes stacking the blocks and knocking them over, but maybe someday she'll use them to tell the story of our Savior's birth. :)
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(Note that the links in this post are affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase through the link, I receive a small percentage at no cost to you. I'll probably just use it to buy supplies for my classroom, or more books, so thanks!)
Wood Doll Bodies - Woman 3-1/2 inch - Bag of 10
Wood Doll Bodies - Man 3-9/16 inch - Bag of 10
Wood Blocks 1.5 Inches
Wood Eggs 2-1/2"
2 inch wood cubes
Unfinished Wood Ball Knob, Natural, 2-Inch