Holiday,  Pre-K Learning at Home

DIY Felt Nativity Scene and Advent Calendar

Check out this tutorial for an awesome Felt Nativity Scene DIY for Advent. Don’t forget there are enough pieces to fill an advent calendar!

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The previous blogs promising this next Christmas tradition were Ditch the Elf on the Shelf and 25 Storybooks of Christmas

It started because I wanted to create a reusable advent calendar for my kiddos. I needed to do it as cheaply as possible. I already had the mini numbered stockings that a neighbor had gifted to my siblings and me as children. You can find one almost like it on Amazon here.

Advent Calendar Stockings
Next, I wanted something fun, toddler appropriate, and keeping with the reason for the season. I had a ton of felt leftover from a previous craft project. So, I set to work and drew some simple templates. ——>Get those here!

Once they were drawn, I cut them out and pinned them to the felt to cut the material into desired shapes. <–Affiliate Amazon link! Click the felt picture and get an assortment of colors with 2-day shipping!!

I used embroidery floss to stitch the different color pieces together to create the figures with their faces, sashes, and to add details like mouth and eyes. If you are not into sewing, gluing the shapes will work just as well. A sharpie or tube of puff fabric paint can be used to add detail.

This is a pretty simple project and can be done one evening while watching your favorite show or even during nap time.

My kids love to pull each piece and create the scene of Jesus’ birth story. They take turns pulling one out each day. Please share with me if you try to make it on your own! As they get older, I am going to start including notes in each stocking with an act of kindness. Extra practice being kind during the holiday season will spread during any time of the year.

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I am a mom of two sweet kiddos. One boy who is 6 and one girl who is 3. Before kids, I was a Kindergarten teacher. My purpose here is to build a positive place for Moms (or any parent for that matter) to learn, share and support each other in our life quest for Happiness!

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