Advent is the season in the Christian calendar that celebrates the weeks leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ. Children in Sunday School often study this season and learn about its meaning. Use crafts and activities to help young children understand and participate in the Advent season.
Make a Manger
The nativity scene is an important icon of the Christian Christmas season. It depicts the birth of Christ in a manger. One activity perfect for Sunday School is to have students make their own manger to display in their home. Create mangers out of popsicle sticks and glue, and let children paint them to their liking. Add real straw to the mangers to make them more life-like, and use a tiny doll to depict baby Jesus.
Nativity Coloring Sheets
Give young children just learning about the real Christmas story a nativity coloring sheet in Sunday School. There are a variety of printable sheets available to Sunday School teachers, and students can choose the image they'd like to color. While they are coloring, teachers can explain to the students the story of the birth of Christ and the reason why we celebrate Christmas.
As part of your Advent lesson at Sunday School, have the students create their own Advent Calendar. An Advent Calendar is a daily calendar that counts down to Christmas Day on December 25. Students can make their own nativity scene and place one star for each day leading up to December 25, and place the North Star as the final touch on Christmas Day. Another idea is to have students create a calendar where each day they reveal a new fact about the nativity and the real Christmas story.
Another Advent symbol is the Advent wreath, which consists of three purple candles and one pink candle. Light a new candle on each Sunday of Advent; the pink candle is lit on the third week. Students can create their own Advent wreaths out of construction paper. Have them cut out the wreath portion at school. Allow them to decorate their wreaths with sparkle or jewels. Then, have them create the four candles. Each week, have them adhere a new candle to the wreath until the Advent season is over.
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