Let’s face it: Some nativity sets are just begging to be played with. Their¬†tiny animal figurines¬†and family of little dolls¬†is simply irresistible to little hands.¬†And as anyone who’s ever tried to convince a preschooler that these are not actually¬†toys knows, not touching the pieces is an uphill (and, often, losing) battle.

I can’t even¬†count the number of shepherds and cows my sisters and I lost or shattered as kids. And let’s not even get into all the places we hid the baby Jesus (cough, hamster cage).

So maybe this year, instead of breaking out (heh)¬†your ceramic Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, consider giving one of these unexpected nativity sets for kids a try. They’re all unbreakable and playful, which is a huge plus. And¬†the¬†polyresin¬†hipster family that even your teens are sure to love is definitely one you¬†have to see to believe.

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Nativity sets for kids: Let kids act out the Christmas story with this cool Nativity Puppet set from Caravan Shoppe.

This awesome Nativity Puppet Show (also shown at top) proves that nativity sets can be a lot more interactive than a typical just for decor scene atop the mantel. Just print out the characters and cool puppet show backdrop and unleash your little thespians on the Christmas story. ($8, Caravan Shoppe)

Nativity sets for kids: Peg dolls abound on Etsy, but this Peg Doll Nativity Set at Peg and Plum is by far my favorite this season. Just look at those sheep!

I just love all the peg doll nativity sets I’m seeing¬†on Etsy, including the one Christina included in her¬†2015 nativity round-up.¬†But this year, the¬†Peg Doll Nativity Set at Peg and Plum (above) landed at the top of my list for its attention to detail, cool design, and…those sheep! ($75, Peg and Plum)

Nativity scenes for kids: Loving the vibrant South American colors on this "Christmas in El Salvador" nativity scene. | UNICEF Market

This handmade¬†Christmas in El Salvador nativity scene¬†is sturdy enough to handle your kids’ most dramatic retellings of the story, and I love that¬†it comes with information about the artisans who crafted the set. And since it’s from UNICEF, buying this product¬†helps to provide nutritional supplements and vaccines for kids in underserved countries, so it’s a great purchase all around.¬†The only bummer? It’s currently out of stock but we think it’s worth keeping an eye on, even if you have to wait until next year for this one. ($35.99, UNICEF Market)

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Nativity sets for kids: You can print this out as many times as kids feel like coloring it. Thanks, Lia Griffith, for this Papercut Nativity Scene Freebie.

We’re all big fans of Lia Griffith here at CMP, especially when she gives us a cool freebie like this¬†Papercut Nativity Scene. All you need is some cardstock and a good pair of scissors. This¬†one comes as a PDF (and did we mention it’s¬†free?) so you can reprint it every time your kids come up with a different way to color in the scene.

Nativity sets for kids: Check out this very sturdy Wood Block Nativity Set at Woodland Affair.

Each figure in this¬†Wood Blocks Nativity Set¬†is hand-painted to perfection. It’s¬†as gorgeous as it is durable, making it one of our favorite hands-on nativity set for the playroom, or sweet holiday decor for the nursery. ($75, Woodland Affair)

Nativity sets for kids: This Hipster Nativity from Modern Nativity is bound to spark conversation.

The details in this¬†Hipster Nativity¬†are¬†cracking me up. From the stable solar panel to the 100% organic barnyard animals, and the Amazon gift boxes to the Snapchat selfie, this one really caught our attention. I’d consider this one¬†for a teenager or a friend with a real good sense of humor (i.e., definitely NOT my devout Baptist grandmother) or use it as a sure-fire conversation starter for your next holiday party. ($129.99,¬†Modern Nativity)