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Make & Play Nativity by Joey Chou

Joey Chou’s Make & Play Nativity is a wonderful introduction to the Nativity for toddlers, pre-schoolers  and Early Years children but it’s also a fun activity for older children. This sturdy little board book includes 20 press out figures, craft ideas, The Christmas Story and a selection of popular Christmas carols.

Make and Play Nativity - Story Snug

Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus are the first characters in the book and you can also make a manger for Jesus to sleep in. We particularly love the three colourful kings and the smiling Angel Gabriel. There are also several animals to make including a camel, sheep and a donkey.

Children working with an adult to assemble the characters can be encouraged to talk about the figures and what they may already know about the story, creating a Nativity scene together can help develop speaking and listening skills. Once the figures have been made children can use them to act out the story as the story is read aloud.

Make & Play Nativity Figures - Story Snug

We love Joey Chou’s bold and vibrant illustrations and the sturdy card ensures that the figures stand without falling over. The figures are easy to press out and put together although very little hands may need some help. My daughter really enjoyed making the figures although so far we only have Angel Gabriel telling Mary and Joseph that they’re going to have a baby, a donkey, a sheep and a tree. As Jesus hasn’t been born yet the shepherds and the three kings have to wait!

My daughter also sang all four Christmas carols, read the story aloud and made plans to make a Christmas star, Make & Play Nativity is a book that older children can also enjoy. We love one of the craft ideas ‘Make an Advent calendar’. I made a Christmas Bedtime Story Advent Calendar last year using a template from Twinkl and now Make & Play Nativity has inspired my daughter to make her own.

If you’re looking for Nativity figures for very young children this is a great book to choose. Creating the figures together with you child enables you to talk about the story as you put your Nativity scene together. It would also be a great book to include in a Book Tree Advent Calendar.

Age Range: 3 +

Illustrator: Joey Chou

Thank you to Nosy Crow for sending Make & Play Nativity. We’ve had a lot of fun with this colourful, sturdy little book.

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18 responses to “Make & Play Nativity by Joey Chou”


  1. Kate Eccles avatar

    Such a gorgeous book, I can see it coming out year after year here! #ReadWithMe


    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes, this is definitely a book that you can include in annual Christmas traditions.


  2. Acorn Books avatar

    This is a gorgeous book, perfect to help children understand what Christmas is about. #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      We think it’s beautiful. It’s a lovely introduction to the Nativity story 🙂


  3. Louise Fairweather avatar

    Oh this is a lovely idea. The meaning of Christmas is so often forgotten so nice to have something like this #triedtested


    1. Catherine avatar

      We have always emphasised that we celebrate Christmas because of Jesus’ birth and this book is wonderful for helping small children make the connection too.


  4. Kim Carberry avatar

    Aww! That is so cute! Books like this are such fun x


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is very cute and we had a lot of fun making the figures too 🙂


  5. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    My niece would love this! She’s an angel in her Reception nativity this year ?


    1. Catherine avatar

      Your niece would be the perfect age for this book. I hope you enjoy The Nativity Play 🙂


  6. Fiona Cambouropoulos avatar

    How cute is this and perfect for little ones to understand Christmas #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s lovely and really sturdy so it’s great to play with too.


  7. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    I miss doing this sort of things with my boys. I had lots ready last Christmas, but they didn’t want to do anything beyond decorating the tree #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      I love doing Christmas crafts with my daughter but now she’s at school and busy with other activities it’s difficult to find time to do them.


  8. Bec @IshMotherBec avatar

    This looks like a really lovely book for little ones to learn about the nativity. I love Nosy Crow books! I’m going to have a little look through your other Christmassy posts now as inspiration for the book advent I’m trying for the first time this year! #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      Have fun with your book advent calendar! I always hide the Christmas books away so that they’re a surprise every year but you can also save money by wrapping Christmassy library books.


  9. Chantelle Hazelden avatar
    Chantelle Hazelden

    Love love love this. A wonderfully interactive book and it wins me over for having a Christmas theme!! Thank you for sharing with #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      I was surprised how much my daughter loved it too, she had lots of fun putting the figures together 🙂

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