For years I’ve wanted to purchase a beautiful Nativity Set for our family, but the budget never seems to allow for it.

The post on our Little Golden Book Story Stones continues to be our most viewed and most read post, even after 15 months. It was these story stones that provided me with the inspiration I needed to help us create our own Nativity Set.

Creating story stones is a task that toddlers and pre-schoolers can easily help with, and using stones has helped us to create a beautiful, long-lasting and durable Nativity Set.

*Read our original Little Golden Book Story Stone post for more detailed instructions.

You will need:

  • Large Stones
  • Nativity images (We used a Little Golden Book)
  • Waterproof glue (e.g. Modge Podge) and brush

Our approach:

Cut your Nativity images. We cut the following images from a Little Golden Book, The Christmas Story:

Angel, Mary, Joseph, Donkey, Jesus, Star, Shepherds, Lambs, Kings, Gifts

Glue the images onto the stones, and let dry

Apply a coat (or two) of waterproof glue over the images, and let dry

The result: a beautiful set of Nativity Story Stones:

We also decided to create a stable by lining a shoe box with icypole sticks (and pink paper was a must for the hay!)

These stones are incredibly durable, allowing children to play out the story.



  1. What fantastic story stones! You’ve made me want to go out and make sets from SO many little golden books. haha. :) Great idea for a nativity!

  2. What a lovely nativity scene and great that ‘Snow White’ can have some ownership over their creation! Story stones are just so good for little hands aren’t they!

  3. What a lovely idea! I think that she was able to make it – that makes it so much more special.

  4. Jackie these are so beautiful! What a wonderful idea. I’ve pinned and will be sharing on my wall later this week. I can’t wait to make these with R, he’s going to love them.

  5. Really unique idea Jackie ♥

  6. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!! I do not have a Nativity set, and using Golden Books to do this would be fantastic!! I was also interested to see that Australians refer to the sticks as ‘icypole’ sticks. In Canada we call them popsicle sticks! :)

  7. Why buy one when you can make a way more special one like this! Well Done Jackie. This is fantastic!

  8. I keep seeing mod podge everywhere, I really need to get my hands on some and have a play. Where did you get yours from?

  9. This is a wonderful idea!! Please considering sharing this with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2012/12/eco-kids-tuesday.html

  10. Those are so beautiful. They look professionally done! Great idea!

  11. What a gorgeous idea! I really must find the time to make our own set, my girls would love this. I love the concentration on Cam’s face in the photos.

  12. These are just gorgeous! What a truly lovely idea!! I am so going to make a set like this!
    Thanks for sharing

  13. I love story stones and have not yet made any. These look great, I love how you have created them to be used alongside the book as well.

  14. I just love this idea Jackie…thanks so much for sharing it! I even have some of those stones ready to go…can’t wait to give some a try!!

  15. This is really sweet. I love the idea of story stones. I haven’t made any for my kids yet because my artistic skills are well, abysmal! Well now I’m just going to stick pictures to the rocks! Genius :D

  16. I was amazed at first that you painted the story stones, but then read through instructions, and it’s easier than I thought. Great idea!

  17. How clever! Love it. Featuring it as part of my roundup of this weeks’ Weekly Kids’ Co-op. xoxo P

  18. Brilliant! Pinning and tweeting this. Love it!

  19. What a beautiful idea. i can’t wait to make this for my children. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  20. I know I’ve already featured this post before, but I simply couldn’t do a nativity activities for kids roundup without including this. Thank you so much for sharing your brilliant idea Jackie. xoxo P

  21. What a beautiful set! I absolutely love this! Thanks so much for sharing. I love the black stones as the basis -the black sure sets of the beautiful illustrations.

  22. What a wonderful idea. I am sure that your children will enjoy many tellings and retellings of the Christmas story with this nativity.

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