Christmas Activity: Play Dough Manger

As I was prepping dinner one night, this fun Family Christmas Activity came to mind. I had recently acquired the sweetest little wooden stable, but it was empty!

It may not look like much to anyone else. In fact, it might look a little silly. But for our family, this little activity made for a really sweet time together.

One-Step Prep for a Play Dough Manger

As I was finishing up dinner that night, I quickly wrote the names on a piece of paper.  - Mary - Joseph - Baby Jesus - Shepherd - Sheep - Horse - Angel - Star

Then I tore the paper into strips, folded them up, and tossed them in a bowl. Nothing fancy! After dinner, each person in my family drew a piece of paper from the bowl.

There are so many benefits to kids playing with play dough, but there are only certain times of the month when my hormones can handle it.

Building a Play Dough Manger Together

The kids loved that this was an activity that included Mom and Dad! We got right in there with them rolling out dough and creating different parts of the Christmas story.

Baby Jesus turned out as sweet as could be. I love the way one of my boys “wrapped him in swaddling clothes”.

The funniest build? The horse! We have laughed and laughed about this horse! It’s poor little legs aren’t at all strong enough to allow him to stand. It’s honestly had us laughing for days!

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