Thursday, October 23, 2008

Nativity Set by One 2 Believe

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...at least at our house! Last week we were delighted to receive One 2 Believe's Nativity Set to review.




I love having at least one Nativity Set available for the kids to play with during the Christmas season. We've had a soft stuffed pillow type set for the past several years and it finally had to be tossed last year, so this was perfect timing for us to receive this set. It seemed like an early Christmas gift!










I liked this set immediately upon opening and so did my kids. The figures are a good size and seem sturdy. One of the first things my six year old noticed is that the Baby Jesus figure was not attached to the manger. He heartily approved of this feature, as it makes it much more appealing for play. They not only had him passed around between Mary and Joseph, but they discovered they could place him in the neck of the camel and act out the "fleeing from Egypt" scene.




My six, eight, and nine year olds played with this for days. They acted out Biblical scenes using the characters as intended. They created their own stories using the figures as different characters. It has been a huge hit in our home. I packed it away until Thanksgiving weekend, when I know it will be met with grins once again. I look forward to this set becoming a part of our family traditions for years to come.




And it seems as though it will last for years. We put it to the Toddler and Preschooler Test. I had friends over and their children played with the set as well. The toddler tossed it across the room several times, but didn't seem to do much damage. The star on the stable seems somewhat vulnerable to an attack, but was attached too well for me to pull off. A toddler may be more determined than I was though, which is probably why it has a 3+ designation. Younger children will adore the set as well, but you'd want to keep an eye on them in case any small part was to detach.

If I had to dislike something, it's that the characters are not ethnically correct. Unfortunately, that seems to be common in our society and not specific to this company. I'd love to see Biblical characters that actually look Jewish, but that's a personal pet peeve. It's something I discuss with my children and then let them go ahead and enjoy what's available.

One 2 Believe carries other toys as well, including the P31 dolls, which I think are adorable. They also have a Bible Points reward program. Just cut out and save the reward points from the back of the package until you have enough to redeem for free toys. As a mom of many, I find this to be a nice bonus!

If you are looking for a Nativity Set your children can actually play with, or if you'd like to check out the other Bible based toys they carry, hop on over to One 2 Believe and see what they have to offer. Be sure to come back and let me know what you think, feedback is much appreciated!

2 comments:

LarryG said...

0oooo! AHHHHHH!! :)

Rebecca said...

I have never thought of having a manger scene that the kids can actually play with. I've only had the kind that sits on the shelf and doesn't get touched. I think this is a marvelous product. Thanks for sharing.

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