Last year was the first year I really attempted to do any Christmas activities with my toddler. She was 18 months old and really getting into stickers, so we created our own advent activity: the Sticker Nativity.
What you need:
- Nativity Stickers (we got ours from Hobby Lobby).
I painted a background (which you can print here: Nativity Background Printable). However, you could also paint your own or simple use black or Navy Blue construction paper.
This all-in-one sticker scene is also a good alternative: Nativity Sticker Scene.
What you do:
- Every week up until Dia de los Reyes we would read a different portion of the Christmas story. If you do not celebrate Dia de los Reyes (Epiphany or 3 Kings Day), you could choose to read the passages up until Christmas. (She suggested reading schedules below).
- After we would read the section, we would stick the stickers on the backdrop that went with the story.
And that’s it. It was super simple, but my toddler loved the sticker fine-motor work, and it was a great way to share the miracle of Christ’s birth with our little one.
Tips For Reading
You could do the reading a few different ways. You could read from a Storybook Bible, read from the actual Bible, or a combination. You could also choose to read the whole passage at once a few times during the week, or read 1-2 verses every day. There is really no right or wrong way to do it. It is what your family feels most comfortable with. Do what works for you. What is important is you are taking time to share the story of God’s love with your child.
Last year we read the story from our Storybook Bible. That’s what worked for us. We read the same story ever day for a week, and it really commit it to memory. Babies and toddlers love repetition. It’s how they learn. And I can say it worked, because Vale loves the Christmas story, and now will “read” the story to herself.
This year we will probably do a combination of reading the Storybook Bible and actual scripture. It is so important to read actual scripture to our Children, but pictures help keep them engage and illustrate what is going on. So we will be doing some Storybook Bible, some straight listening, and some activities. Again, there is no right or wrong way to do it. Do what is right for you and developmentally appropriate for your littles.
Here are the reading plans. I made up one for families who celebrate Epiphany/Dia de los Reyes and those that don’t. Again, the readings are super short. After all, they are geared for parents reading to toddlers and preschoolers. However this could also be used for beginning readers. Bonus: The plans can also can be printed as a bookmark!