Thursday, December 16, 2010

Dec14_Nativity1

As I mentioned before, we mostly “standardize” on Playmobil play sets in the house. Since this is a German product, we usually get small sets from Anna’s German side of the family for Christmas and her birthday. Last year she got this Three Wise Men set from her uncle and aunt. This year we reassembled what was left from their clothes and accessories (those small parts do tend to get lost!) and added other Playmobil figures to reenact Nativity story. We Dec14_Nativity borrowed a stable from our Playmobil Farm, there is a baby in a Lego crib, and Anna insisted on having a Lego path towards the stable that represents the journey to Bethlehem. Joseph came from a chimney sweeper set, and donkey is also from yet another small set. Anna also assembled quite a team of shepherds and shepherd children, but they never really made it into her story line. The story line was mostly about a Christmas Donkey journey to Bethlehem and was heavily influenced by Christmas Donkey book that she really liked. She was quite disappointed that Playmobil Mary (who happens to wear a farmer outfit) couldn’t ride on the donkey. I kept pointing out to her that Mary can ride on Playmobil horse (originally the horse came with the knight), but Anna insisted firmly that it has to be donkey. She also loved putting small Playmobil pieces into treasure chests of three wise men – this explains somewhat how small pieces “magically” disappear over time – we probably have a stash of tiny Playmobil accessories somewhere as “a salad” or “spices” – I just wish I knew where.

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9 comments:

Christy said...

I love German toys - they certainly take pride in their toy craftsmanship.

I do have to say though that I love the Playmobil people and some of the little sets, but the big sets have too many pieces for me to tolerate!!!

littlewondersdays said...

Playmobil toys are wonderful, although I have to agree with Christy on the too many tiny pieces in some sets. We try, try being the magic word, to keep them in bins.

I'm so glad you posted this as I have actually forgotten that we bought (and used) an advent calendar last year from Playmobil, but kept the pieces. I need to go get it out! It was the Christmas forest.

MaryAnne said...

Playmobil toys are so well made, but the tiny pieces are my main reason for not investing in them, yet at least - they just don't work well when you have a wide age range of young children playing together - let alone a husband who HATES finding small toys on the floor (and was raised with only cardboard and wooden blocks as toys - it's amazing he lets us own our existing toy collection!!!)

MaryAnne said...

And I forgot to say, your nativity is really great - and an excellent argument FOR owning playmobil toys - you can dress them and diversify them so easily! Hmm, maybe I could talk Mike into just getting some figures?

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

I love it! Did you know Mary riding a donkey is another Christmas legend?

Debbie said...

This is so cool that she was able to reenact the entire story this way.

The girl who painted trees said...

What a creative Nativity. Love it. I played Playmobil a lot as a kid and will pass down my things to Bear eventually. J-jo is preventing me from passing it down right away. I almost had my mom get us the farm for Christmas, but I realized it was better to get the bigger (non Playmobil) set to use with Schleich animals (another great German toy) so J-jo could also benefit. However, I do know that Playmobil makes Playmobil 123 for the younger crowd and that it is just as nice, but bigger pieces. Kinda like the Duplo version of Lego.

Elise said...

Owning different sets of toys certainly does come in handy. Being able to use bits and pieces from your various sets makes for a wonderful way to tell the Nativity story.

Our Homeschool Fun said...

I LOVE your nativity! Even though Playmobil is known for all the small pieces as comments here prove:-), we have quite a few sets. The kids just love them and ask for them often as gifts. I find that keeping the small pieces together in ziploc bags works well and I don't let Jack or Jesse near them:-).

We are enjoying that same book about the story of Christ's birth here too.