Advent is almost here, and I have recieved a lot of questions about advent activities for little ones. There are a lot that focus on Christmas trees and Santa, but not as many that focus on the Christmas story. So I did a quick round up of some of my favorite faith-based advent activities on the internet.
We did this Vale last year at 18 months, and she loved it. Using our Advent Reading Plan, once a week we would read a part of the Christmas story, and then stick the correlating stickers to the sticker scene. I have also heard of people doing this with play nativities, ring out one piece at a time.
I learned about the family Advent Wreath from Christie Thomas. This tradition focuses on preparing our hearts for Christ by lighting candles and doing a weekly reading. This is an activity that will become a tradition as your children grow.
Family Tree of Christ cards guide you through the family tree of Christ. The cards are beautifully illustrated, and will grow with your family. We have simply been using the illustrations to talk about Jesus’ family, but when our littles get older, the guides reflection will be a beautiful tool for our family.
Color and Kindness
The Advent Story Cards by Color and Kindess, guide your family through the Bible, discovering the need for a savior, as we prepare our hearts for Christ. Each card is beautifully designed with actual scripture to read with your littles.
Relationship-Building Advent Calendar
Another idea for an advent calendar is to focus on building relationships. These 25 Relationship-Building Activities from Clarity with Charity are designed to bring your family closer and build your faith.
Prayer Chain Advent Calendar
Focus on prayer and thanksgiving with this Prayer Chain printable from Happy Home Fairy, encouraging littles to remember Christ’s birth with each link broken through the countdown.
This is for all the crafty moms. This craft advent calendar from House Wife Eclectic has 25 simple craft activities, all geared towards keeping Christ at the center of your celebrating.
El Burrito de Navidad
El Burrito de Navidad is a Spanish Advent devotional that walks little ones through the Christmas story. Reading one page a day, each short devotion is illustrated, and captivating for young listeners. Vale loved reading this, and asked to read multiple pages a day.
Jesus Storybook Bible Reading Plan
Finally, the Jesus Storybook Bible Reading Plan is a great option for families who own and love the Jesus Storybook Bible. The free cards are captivating and feature a guide for preparing young hearts for the arrival of Christ.