A real cute Advent Star for the countdown to Christmas for young children. Make a star with a slit just below the center. Have children make 24 paper chains (if starting on Dec. 1) Attach paper chain to center of star and add the following poem.
Each evening after prayers are said, take off one ring and jump in bed.
When only the star is left to shine, then you’ll know its Christmas time.
I don’t remember where I found this cute idea but it was a hit in my preschool program for 20 years.
This may be a little messy- but the kids love it. I use it for my 3rd grade Religious Ed class.
You will need 1/2C rice, 1/4C glue, and about 3 drops of green food coloring for each wreath. Mix everything together and pour onto wax paper and shape into a wreath (or use the lid of a large butter container. Place 4 birthday candles (in Advent colors) around the wreaths. You can also decorate the wreath by using Christmas themed confetti or punch out paper from red construction paper. Let dry over night. Light the candles for each Sunday of Advent.
My pre-school class makes advent wreath banners. In advance I prepare the banner by hot gluing a 9×12 piece of felt to a dowel rod and tie a piece of yarn to hang. I precut green holly leaves and purple and pink candles. The class glues the holly leaves in a circular shape on the banner and then adds the candles. I send home flames cut from yellow felt so the children can add a flames as they ‘light’ one candle for each week of advent. The banner can be used again each year (the flames will stick to the felt, no need to glue them). I also send home a simple prayer and explanation for each candle, 3 purple candles represent Hope, Peace and Love, and 1 pink represents Joy.
Every year we make and advent calendar. This year we made one with a nativity scene. On a large piece of black construction paper, using a white crayon, list the days in December. Start with 25 at the top of the paper and count down to 1, spacing over the top half of the paper only. These numbers will be covered each day with a silver star sticker, the number 25 being covered last with a large yellow construction paper star. By painting both of the children’s hands brown, and placing them sideways so that thumbs are down and fingers pointing toward each side of the paper (right fingers point to left side of paper, and left fingers to right side of paper), you will make a manger. We then glued straw down and placed baby Jesus in the manger (small circle from flesh felt, oval body out of blue construction paper, wiggle eyes, and gold glitter halo). We then placed a stable over the baby (two rectangles for the sides and a “v” for the top, cut out of tan construction paper). Every day the children come in and tell my they put their stars in the sky!