Ever since I had my first baby I have been bothered by the nativity scenes that have Mary kneeling beside the manger. First, she just gave birth, she's sleeping. And second, I'm pretty sure that Joseph would be spending a lot of time that evening holding the baby. Who can resist holding a newborn? I adore Joseph and feel that he is horribly overlooked in the whole nativity story.. So that's why Mary is sleeping and why Joseph is holding Baby Jesus - showing him off to the shepherds.. = )
The various cardboard tubes used in the nativity. You don't have to use these, but they do make it much more sturdy - which can be important if kids are going to be playing with it.
Both of the camels and Mary use the Pringles tube. They all have the tube flattened a bit into an oval. The paper towel tube is for the angel. The Bert's Bees tube is for the sheep and the toilet paper roll is for everything else. The Donkey gets his toilet paper tube flattened into an oval too.
Now for the animals...
Here are the colorable patterns. You may need to copy and paste them into a picture program before printing.
For those of you that don't want to color all these pieces, here are some colored ones you can print after you copy and paste them to a picture program.
I think I got them all... if I missed any please let me know = )
If you don't want to use the cardboard tubes, here is a variation that will let you change the size of the thing. You can make it any size you want.. You won't be limited to the size of the cardboard tubes.