This is another lovely project that I learned from Birgit, the Waldorf educator at our kindergarten: a nativity scene made with nature materials.
To begin you need the following materials: assorted treasures from your nearest park or forest (moss, sticks, chestnuts, rocks, tree bark, acorns, pine cones, fir tree branch, etc.); walnut shell halves, air-drying clay or plasticine, glue, terra cotta saucer for a flowerpot, a small piece of material, a small piece of cotton, gold paper, and a candle.
Next, place the moss in the flowerpot saucer.
To make baby Jesus, wrap a tiny piece of cotton inside a small square of material. Then, tuck it inside a walnut shell half. (Mine stayed in place without any glue.) Then, make a small head out of clay for baby Jesus.
To make a small stable, I used clay and glue to attach sticks to a piece of tree bark. Then, add other elements using the nature materials you have on hand, such as a pine cone or fir tree branch as a tree. You can also cut a golden star out of paper to hang either on the tree or attach it to another stick. To top it off, add a small candle.
Three and four year-olds generally need a lot of help from an adult to do this project, but older preschoolers and elementary age children can do it most of it by themselves. Such a simple, yet enchanting project!