During a trip to my favorite thrift store in town, I found a neat tool I can use with the kids in church or with our future kids at home. It's called, "What God wants for Christmas."
It's a nativity set that is hands-on for the entire family. When you first open the box, you'll see this:
There are seven smaller boxes that are numbered. Inside six of them are characters from the nativity story (the seventh box is a surprise!). A pop-up background scene and a booklet is included. The booklet includes a page for each character (poem and Scripture references) and further ideas on how to use this ministry tool.
You can introduce each character every day during the week of Christmas. If you're using it for a Sunday School class, you can do a character or two over a few weeks--or do all of the lessons in a nutshell at a Christmas party.
I really like this special set. I'm so glad God allowed me to find it at the thrift store at a great price! It will definitely be used for many Christmases to come.
If you'd like to get a set of your own, go here and check it out! Perhaps there are some children in your life that would love something like this.