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Activities from Books
Advent Adventure- Take the children on an Advent adventure. (Big Book of Ideas for Children's Faith Formation: Fun Activities, Projects, Crafts, by Branigan, McNamara, and
Robinson, page 6).
Advent Calendar- A take home Advent calendar that you make. (Big Book of Ideas for Children's Faith Formation: Fun Activities, Projects, Crafts, by Branigan, McNamara, and
Robinson, page 7 & 8).
Advent Guessing Game- Familiarized the children with some of the signs
and symbols of Advent while having fun. (Big Book of Ideas for Children's Faith Formation: Fun Activities, Projects, Crafts, by Branigan, McNamara, and Robinson, page
Advent Prayer Cube- Introduce a new prayer each week during the four
weeks of Advent with a prayer cube. (Big Book of Ideas for Children's Faith Formation: Fun Activities, Projects, Crafts, by Branigan, McNamara, and Robinson, page 10).
Preparation Station- This game will help your kids understand what it
means to prepare their hearts, minds, and lives for Jesusí coming
during Advent season. (The Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry, page 156).
The Waiting Game- This icebreaker game will help your kids discover
that god delivers on his promises even when waiting is part of his
plan. (The Encyclopedia Of Bible Games For Children's Ministry, page
(*Note, some activities may come from non-Catholic resources)
domestic-church.com - http://www.domestic-church.com/
Advent and Christmas references. Click on Fridge Art, then Advent and
Activities, crafts, coloring pages, puzzles, etc.
Tons of resources listed that are available online to assist in the
planning and development of programs for the Advent, Christmas, and
Annie's Advent Page- Dictionary meaning, What does the Bible say about
Advent?, More Information from The Word Book Encyclopedia, Compton's
Encyclopedia tells us about Advent, Advent Links Page, etc.
apmethodist.org - http://apmethodist.org/advent-activity.htm
Catholicmom.com - http://www.catholicmom.com/advent_kids.htm
Advent and Christmas Crafts and Activities For Children
Background and Historical Symbolism, Candle "Names" & Symbolism:
Meaning & Order of Lighting, Advent Wreath Making, etc.
Prayers and Customs of Advent and Christmas- About the Advent Wreath,
A Rite for the Beginning of Advent at Home, Daily Prayers for Each
Week of Advent
cresourcei.org - http://www.cresourcei.org/cyadvent.html
The Season of Advent- The colors of Advent, The Spirit of Advent,
Evergreens and the Advent Wreath, Celebrating Advent, An Advent
dltk-bible.com - http://www.dltk-bible.com/advent/index.htm
Advent Coloring Book- Print out these 24 coloring pages with
quotations from Luke (first 15 pages) and Matthew (last 9 pages) to
reinforce the Christmas story. Color and read one page per day from
December 1st thru the 24th. Put them all together to make a booklet
you can read as a family on Christmas day!
Printable Advent Calendar.
Candle of hope.
Candle of peace.
Candle of joy.
Candle of love.
Advent Wreath Craft- Free Advent Wreath craft with templates.
*Topics for all games could also be people from the Bible (Jesusí
Bible Win, Loose, or Draw -
Use Advent words to play this game. (Example: Angel, shepherds, baby,
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Lord, afraid, magi, gifts, star, manger, warned,
candle, wreath, etc.).
Bible Tic Tac Toe -
Use Advent trivia questions to play this game.
Hangman- (Players try to solve the Advent mystery word). The teacher
picks an Advent word that is written on a piece of paper out of a
bowl. The teacher then starts the hangman game by writing a blank line
for each letter in the word. Teacher then picks someone to guess a
letter. (Write on the chalkboard the letters that were guessed that
were not in the mystery word). If a letter is guess correctly, it is
written in the appropriate blank(s) and that person who guessed
correctly gets another turn. They can guess another letter or guess
the mystery word. If the person is incorrect, another player gets a
turn. Whoever guessed the mystery word gets to pick an Advent word out
of the bowl and start the hangman game.
Advent Word Search Puzzle- Here is a simple puzzle for children using
the words of Advent.
pflaum.com - http://www.pflaum.com/pdfs11_05/vn2.pdf
Advent cross word puzzle.
Feasts of Advent and Christmas
Saints of Advent and Christmas
Workshop plans, suggestions for making ornaments, patterns
Jesse Tree family devotions- devotions to use with the Jesse Tree
cresourcei.org - http://www.cresourcei.org/jesse.html
The story of the Jesse Tree, making of a Jesse Tree, table of the
Scripture Readings for the story.
Background, suggestion activities, etc.
CatholicMom.com Advent Index
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