Monday, November 25, 2013

Free Activity and Bible Verse Printable and 12 DIY Advent Calendars

Last year, we created a kid-made, kid-friendly Advent calendar and filled it with family-friendly activities and service projects.  It was a hit with my own family and the Daycare kids, and it really helped them enjoy the entire holiday season in preparation for Christmas.  This year I've added on to that theme by incorporating activities with a Bible verse for each day to focus our attention on God's love and the gift of Jesus this Christmas.

First, we had to find the perfect DIY advent calendar and, let me tell you, there are no shortage of crafty calendar ideas across the web - and just as many cute advent calendars that you buy.  I just fell in love with this advent calendar from The Creek Line House and went out to grab a few supplies at Hobby Lobby to make our own.  We already had some scrap wood, clothespins, paper bags, and paint from our son's recent room makeover so I ended up spending less than $5 for wooden letters and some accent ribbon.  I'm sure I'll share a picture of ours on Facebook as soon as it is finished.  As it is, I'm rushing to get this finished for you guys because I want you all to be able to make use of these advent printables and December is coming, people!!  So, here is the fabulously easy calendar from Creek Line House.


I plan to put our activity strips and Bible verses inside the bags so that the kids will have an activity and a Bible verse for us to share and discuss around the dinner table each night.

If you're feeling even craftier, you can create this beautiful 3D advent calendar from Craftulate.  Georgina is by far one of the most talented ladies I've met (virtually) and this calendar is just amazing!  Our Advent Activity Strips and Bible Verses would slip easily into these little boxes.
Craftulate: 3D Advent Calendar

 Or, if you prefer using Recycled materials you will love this creative calendar from Wildlife Fun 4 Kids.  I love how she makes use of things that are already in the house and would otherwise end up in the trash, and the results are just darling!
http://www.wildlifefun4kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Christmas-advent-calender.jpg

And, even if you're not feeling craft (and don't want to buy an advent calendar), you can still use these advent activities.  Just grab two jars, print out the activities strips and put them in one jar and put the Bible verses in another jar.  You can even dress up your jars with ribbon and have the kids pick out a new activity and verse each day.  It's not about how much time you spend creating a calendar, it's about the time you spend creating memories and training hearts!

I want to thank all of you for reading along with us and joining us on Facebook.  I hope you'll be able to use these printable as my way of saying "thanks" and Merry Christmas to each one of you!

Here are some more great ideas to get you started on creating an Advent tradition with your family:
Advent Book Trees - Reading Confetti
Christmas Advent Calendar Activities - The Connection We Share
Book Advent Unwrapped - Reading Confetti
Paper Chain Advent Tree - Fantastic Fun & Learning
Felt Christmas Countdown Board - Diaper -n-Heels

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7 comments:

  1. Great Advent calendar activities. Pinning this! Visiting from Welcome Party Wednesday Link-up.

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  2. You're just darling! Thank you SO much for sharing this Tina. Please let me know if there's anything I can share for you in return.

    I'm off to pop around and have a look at the advent activities now!

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    1. You are very welcome! These are so inspiring to me!

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  3. You're just darling! Thank you SO much for sharing this Tina. Please let me know if there's anything I can share for you in return.

    I'm off to pop around and have a look at the advent activities now!

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing our advent calendar, Tina!

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    1. You are very welcome! It was awesome!

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