A sensory retelling of the Christmas Nativity story
What can you do with 2 wooden spoons, a torch, 2 jars of spices, a woolly hat and a bowl of dry breakfa
st cereal? Retell the Christmas Nativity Story of course!
The video can be found on Hertfordshire libraries YouTube channel.
The idea is that children gather the suggested objects and then they can join in with the story using all their senses – wooden spoons for sound as Mary and Joseph walk (or ride) to Bethlehem, a torch (sight) for the star, spices to smell to represent Frankincense and Myrrh, something woolly to feel to remind them of the sheep in the fields, and dry breakfast cereal in a bowl to taste as the baby Jesus was laid in an animal feeding trough (manger).
Anyone can have a go at retelling this story or other traditional stories with objects found around the house that use all the senses. This really helps children to engage with the story through the sensory interaction and is particularly good for children with additional needs.
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