Category Archives: Advent

Family Advent Calendar

It isn’t quite time for Christmas – but if you want to get a head start on advent this is a ‘make your own advent calendar’. One symbol for each day with a Bible reference to read as a family.

Print the symbols onto card and cut out. Place each one in an envelope with the number on the outside, add small treats to the envelope too. Put up some string or ribbon and use pegs or paper clips to attach the symbol each day during advent.You can leave the symbols black and white or colour them each day. There are Bible verses to read each day – when our children were small we’d have eaten the chocolate either at breakfast or straight after school and read the Bible verses at bedtime.

Free printable is here  Christmas 3-shapes 3 ( verses)  Christmas 3-shapes 2 ( verses)  Christmas 3-shapes 1 ( verses)

Make your own advent calendar

 

Chocolate has taken over advent calendars! So this is a set of printables to make your own set of pictures (that children can decorate every day of advent) with a Bible verse to read each day. In our family  we won’t do this instead of chocolate but alongside the chocolate eating advent calendar.

Use this any way that suits you – we have some Christmas twine and paper clips.

There is an extra picture for Christmas day.

Christmas 3-shapes 1 ( verses)

Christmas 3-shapes 2 ( verses)

Christmas 3-shapes 3 ( verses)

 

 

Christmas Paper Plate Ideas

These paper plates were made as an aid to telling the Christmas story but they could easily be adapted to be crafts. I had a lot of fun making them 🙂 They would make a lovely family craft activity to make during advent and then display at Christmas. And if you want a family craft at a church group then there is lots for a child and adult to enjoy.

All you need  – good quality paper plates (these were from waitrose!), wool, tissue paper, material, triangles for the body shapes, heart shapes for the angel wings, shredded tissue paper, cotton wool, cardboard tubes/rolls. And any art/collage supplies you fancy! For glue I used double sided tape for the cardboard tubes and glue sticks.

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the baby in the manger

angels visit the shepherds

 

 

Advent calendar day 6

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Isaiah 25:9 ‘It will be said on that day, ‘Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.’ ‘

A song to listen to.

A craft to make

Stained glass nativity

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See the original post for this here. There is a PDF file of the template for you to print. Nativity Stained Glass Window

 

Advent calendar day 5

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Micah 5:2 ‘But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.’

Something to listen to – Nat King Cole 

A Christmas picture

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A craft to make

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see the original post for Bethlehem craft here

Advent calendar day 3

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Isaiah 9:6 ‘For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting father, Prince of Peace.’

Craft idea for today – paper plate wreath with a crepe paper ribbon.

 

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Something to listen to and enjoy taken from today’s verse from the Bible

A Christmas picture

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The angels were made from Ellen Giggenbach’s book ‘Papercraft Christmas’.

 

 

 

Advent calendar day 4

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Isaiah 7:14 ‘Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin will conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.’

Craft to make – mini circular snowflakes to decorate your home

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Something to listen to- Christmas is a-comin Bing Crosby.

 

Advent calendar day 2

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Isaiah 9:6 ‘ For to us a child has been born, to us a son is given..’

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Craft idea – make a sheep for the shepherds –  print the sheep outline from the PDF and cover the sheep with wool or cotton wool.

Sheep PDF file for you to print

 

Advent Calendar Day 1

Each day of advent I plan to post a photo of our advent candle/s, a verse from the Bible relating to the Christmas season and a Christmassy picture. Some days I hope to include a craft idea too. Keep visiting each day to discover the next Bible verse and picture.

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Isaiah 9:2     ‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined’

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