10 Fun and Easy Advent Activities for Families

Every morning during Advent my kids’ dash down the stairs to see what our special daily activity is in our little advent calendar hanging in the kitchen.  I love it too, I won’t lie.  Come Christmas day I am a little sad it’s all over.  So, I rounded up 10 of my favorite fun and easy Advent Activities for families so we could all enjoy the entire advent season with our families simply on purpose.

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1.  Jesus Storybook Bible Advent Reading

We love the Jesus Storybook Bible!  If you don’t have it, you need to get it!  You can also get free printable cards with a daily reading from the bible that shares the reason for the season.   You can print off a set, laminate them so you can use them year after year and put them on a little ring.  Do a card nightly.  You can download your set here.

2.  Christmas Hymn Advent Calendar

Kristin at Maximizing Days created a Christmas Hymn advent calendar for her family.  She found a Christmas hymn for all 25 days and then every day they look up the song on Youtube and enjoy worshipping as a family.  You can read more about this activity here.

3.  Christmas Book Countdown

Amanda at Miss Sue Living wraps up 25 Christmas books for her family to open and read every evening.  She even shared how she simplified the wrapping process.  You can read more here.

4.  Shepherd on a Search

This box set comes with an illustrated storybook about the shepherd’s journey to find baby Jesus.  Hide the shepherd every day and the kids can have fun finding him.  Finally, on Christmas Day the shepherd finds baby Jesus in the manger.  You can get your set here.

25 Days of Christmas activities printable with advent calendar

5.  25 Days of Simple Family Christmas Activities

Spending time as a family enjoying the season is so important.  Download the printable 25 days of Christmas activities.  Some activities are bigger and better suited for the weekend like visiting Santa, driving through a light display or going to get hot cocoa in your jammies.  While there are plenty of small activities perfect for a busy weeknight.

At the beginning of the month, look at your calendar and plan out each day’s activities.  Place an activity in each little pocket of an advent calendar.  Here is a similar one.  You can get the 25 days of activities printable to do with your family by signing up here.

Make this cute advent calendar to house your activities.

6. Jesse Tree Activity

A Jesse Tree is an old tradition that is used to help tell the story of the Bible from creation to the Christmas story.  Each day there is a daily Bible reading and you can hang an ornament that corresponds with the reading.  The first day talks about creation and you could hang an earth ornament on a little tree.

Ann Voskamp has a Jesse Tree interactive book.  Check out Wonder of the Greatest Gift.  Get your copy here.

7.  The Giving Manger

Celebrate the birth of Jesus by sparking the spirit of service this Christmas.  Every time someone in your family does an act of service or extends kindness, add another piece of straw to Jesus’ manger.  On Christmas day baby Jesus is placed in the manger full of love and service.  Get yours here.

8.  Advent Cards

All Good Things Collective has a set of 25 colorfully decorated cards with prompt or activity.  Each of the cards promotes connecting with others and with Christ.  You can get your set here.

The Kids Read Truth Advent Cards provide a short Scripture reading, questions, and illustrations. A perfect activity for dinner-time or bedtime.  Get your set here.

9.  Advent Wreath

Light the 4 candles of the advent wreath and usher in the light of the world, Jesus.  Check out this magnetic Advent wreath, it’s perfect for kids.  This post shares how you can make an easy advent wreath with your kids.

10. Knowing Him By Name Advent Calendar

Focus on the Family’s 2018 free advent devotional for families focuses on the names of Jesus and corresponding scriptures. The calendar also includes faith-based activities that will help kids develop understand who Jesus is.  Download your copy here.

 

Now, it’s time to enjoy the Advent season with your family and make sweet memories.  Remember, to avoid the inclination to try all these ideas.   This Christmas choose one simple, purposeful activity and remember the reason for the season with your family.  How do you celebrate the Advent season with your family?

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Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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