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Ages: 3 to 6 Level: Preschool and
Kindergarten, VBS, Sunday school
The following set of activities are to engage children in the holy season of Advent and the central message is:
Advent is getting ready for Jesus' Birthday
Review here information about Advent that may be helpful to prepare for the activities.
The closest Sunday to November 30th is the beginning of Advent - the season that gets us ready to celebrate Jesus' coming at Christmas. These activities can help children experience this holiday as a holy-time, the celebration of God's love for us in sending his son, Jesus - the fulfillment of His promise.
The advent wreath craft (two sizes) has four flames the child can paste on each candle for each Advent Sunday. This craft can be presented the day before the 1st Advent Sunday. On each Advent Sunday conduct an activity related to the events preceding and following the birth of Jesus before pasting each candle -- suggestions below. This process will make the symbolic lighting of the candles (pasting each candle) memorable and meaningful. Display the wreath somewhere the children can see frequently to remember and enjoy waiting for Jesus' birthday.
Craft: Advent Wreath
Printing and assembly options:
The craft is available in two sizes and with an optional image of Mary and Jesus, and both sizes can be printed in color or black line format to color and decorate. The wreath without image is ideal to add a photo of the children or a family/group portrait, or add a Nativity image from a used greeting card. The smaller size wreath is meant for use as an ornament, gift or gift tag. **The large size is best suited for younger children ages 2 to 4 since the larger pieces are easier to assemble and has greater visual impact.
Choose the templates in the materials column that meet your needs.
Assembling the craft:
Color Templates: Cut out pieces and assemble as illustrated. Paste pocket template to back for storing the flames (read note below).
Storing Flames: A small rectangle template is provided to make a small pocket on the back of the craft to store the flames. Tape to the back with printed words side down. **Remember, do not paste the flame templates all at once - these are pasted on each Advent Sunday after conducting a related Bible activity. The pink candle is generally lit on the third Sunday (Gaudete Sunday). Please adapt the sequence of lighting the candles to your denomination.
Black & White Template:
Suggestion: Make a color by the number activity on the templates assign a number and color for the templates. Discuss what each color represents:
#1 wreath = green - ongoing life
#2 (3 candles) = purple, light purple (hope, peace, and love) or blue (color of the night sky before daylight returns)
#3 3rd or 4th candle = pink (joy, anticipation of the Lord's coming)
#4 (4 flames) = yellow & orange (comfort of light in darkness)
Other ideas: Cut the template pieces from felt (glue the wreath shape to card stock or thin card board) or fun foam instead of construction paper or other craft paper. The small version can also be glued against a CD or to create a greeting card (fold a standard sized card stock and paste to front), in this case paste all flames for finished greeting card.
Suggestions for activities for each Advent Sunday:
To view updates to these activities visit: http://www.first-school.ws/activities/bible/advent1.htm