Before class, make play clay using the recipe on the printable worksheet. Give each child clay and ask him or her to mold an animal that could be added to the Christmas manger scene. You might want to play Christmas carols as children work.
Let figures dry overnight and when you next meet, help the children to paint the figures. Encourage the children to take the figures home and add them to their Christmas scenes. Then, distribute the Christmas Story Figures Activity. Tell the children to take the sheets home to show the play clay recipe to their families. Explain that the family can work together to make more figures during Christmas time.