Advent calendar day 16

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Isaiah 60:1-3 ‘Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.’

A Christmas picture

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A craft to make – a candy cane made from two pipe cleaners. Very easy to make. You need white and red pipe cleaners and that’s all! Simply twist the two pipe cleaners together and make into a cane shape.

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Add the rhyme as a label if you wish.

 


Advent calendar day 15

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Luke 2:8,9 ‘And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the lord appeared to them, and the glory of the lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear’

 

A craft to make – three lollipop sticks glued together to make a star. Add sequins and glitter and a button so you can thread through cotton to hang from the tree. Add a Bible verse of ‘Joy to the World’.

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Something to listen to –  Joy to the World carol. Enjoy!


Advent calendar day 11

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Luke 1:35 ‘ And the angel answered her (Mary), ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most high will overshadow you, therefore the child to be born will be called holy – the Son of God.’

 

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A craft to make – snowman bookmark – very simple to make!

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All you need is card, felt pens, scissors, pencil.

Draw a snowman and add a scarf – you will cut into the scarf to create a flap to hang over the page in the book. This is shown clearly in the third photo.

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Advent calendar day 8

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John 1:9 ‘The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.’

 

Craft to make – Christmas Lantern decoration

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You can make large or small lanterns – the basic pattern is the same. You need long strips of paper folded in half lengthenways. Cut into the fold but not right across. Open out and attach some double sided tape as in the photo and stick to make the lantern. Add a handle using double sided tape. (You can use glue but double sided tape sticks really well)

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Christmas heart wreath

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To make this wreath you will need a paper plate with the centre cut out. Paint this red or green. Leave to dry. Cut out lots of hearts in christmasy paper – a paper punch like the one in the photo will save a lot of time. Older children could use one but I would prepare the hearts ahead of time. Glue these to the paper plate wreath. Add ribbon.

You could use coloured paper plates but make sure the glue you have sticks to them, especially if they look shiny. Wired ribbon will hold a bow shapes fairly well. I bought the one in the photo from Costco.


Star Christmas decoration – using lollipop sticks

Lots of sequins are needed for this simple star shaped decoration for the Christmas Tree! You will also need

PVA glue, paint – I used yellow but you can use any colour poster paint, sequins, ‘Joy to the World’ mini banner, a button and thread and six lollipop/ popsicle sticks per star. (plus some spare in case of any mishaps!)

To make

1. Paint six lollipop/popsicle sticks and leave to dry.

2. Once dry glue together – layer the sticks as shown in the photo. and leave for the glue to dry.

3. Meanwhile thread the cotton through the button – tie in a knot to make a loop. This will be used to hang the star from the tree.

4. Glue the threaded button to the top of the lollipop stick star.

5. Glue sequins and glitter all over the star. Before you add sequins to the top lollipop stick glue the mini ‘Joy to the World’ banner in place and then add sequins either side of it.

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