Christmas Nativity ~ Advent Ideas for Kids

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Looking for fun Advent ideas to prepare your sponsored child or your family for Christmas? Try one of these. Anything not suitable (or adaptable) for your sponsored child, may be just right for your own family. I don’t know about you, but I am nowhere even thinking about Christmas yet; but that calendar sure has a way of sneaking up on us. :o  And don’t forget to check out the Christmas master list for 500+ FREE Nativity colouring pages; FREE Nativity puzzles, FREE Nativity stationery, FREE Nativity booklets, FREE Nativity posters and all things Nativity for kids… enjoy!

Advent is celebrating the BIGGEST ROYAL COUNTDOWN EVER ~ which lasted some 4000 years! It was promised in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3); and literally hundreds of tiny details were released along the way to many different prophets ~ just like enticing news snippets. Daniel was just one of them. And ALL these tiny, extremely specific details were culminated and fulfilled in only ONE historical figure.

The person of Jesus Christ.

Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of THE KING OF KINGS who was also once a royal baby. In fact, the most special royal baby who was ever to be born. Did you know that it is very possible that the Lord Jesus was born in the actual lambing cave used for the lambs born for the temple sacrifices? How appropriate if true – being THE lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Awesome. God’s design is magnificent, even in all the tiny details. The Creator Himself who came to earth as a tiny and helpless, but very royal baby with the greatest pedigree of all humanity ~ both fully God and fully man ~ (i.e. the Son of God) ~ in order to reconcile us to Himself. (Don’t leave Earth without your FREE relationship with Him!)

DID YOU KNOW:  John the Baptist was the last Old Testament prophet. His ministry closed off the Old Testament in readiness for the arrival of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Creator Himself.




There are two free printable articles for kids by Paper Gifts for Estefany to help prepare your child for Christmas: A Future King is Born; and The King of Kings is Born. Also available in French.

Royal Baby Article SAMPLE   Genealogy of Jesus Christmas free printable Article for kids




Advent Calendar  (Sparkle Box) a beautiful Nativity scene in full colour, set against a sunset background with the twinkling lights of Bethlehem and little doors that peek open; use their background sheet or design your own on their template; very cute; free printable

Christmas Advent

Nativity countdown  with stars leading to the baby in the manger; in colour or to colour; free printable

Advent story calendar  with different parts of the Christmas story and matching clip art hanging on white tags; free printable

Advent – Christmas ideas for kids  (ministry-to-children) advent calendar and lots more fun ideas to keep Jesus as the focus of Christmas, like this one: Advent colouring bookmore Advent colouring pages  free printable

Advent Nativity Cards  (Happy Home Fairy) with Bible verses on them telling of Jesus’ miraculous birth; more advent ideas for kids; free printable

Christmas story calendar cards  (ChristianPreSchoolPrintables; scroll down to ‘Christmas Story Calendar Cards’) free printable

Nativity Story Game  (FlameCreativeKids) printable board game (one version with words, and one version without words) showing the Nativity story where children get a bonus move if they land on a picture; Advent Journey – Game  printable board game showing the journey to Bethlehem of the Magi, the shepherds, Mary and Joseph; here is a DIY Advent Calendar idea; Advent Calendar – Christmas Card Boxes turn last year’s Christmas cards into boxes and then make them into an Advent calendar; make your own Advent calendar; Jesse Tree activity for kids Trace the history of the coming of the Lord Jesus. Add an ornament each day that represents part of the lineage of Christ in this Advent activity. Follow the story path through the Scriptures, as God gets the world ready for the coming Messiah, beginning with creation until the birth of Jesus. The tree gets its name from Jesse, the father of David; This particular version of the Jesse Tree uses 24 stories from creation to the visit of the wise men. For each day there is a suggested story to explore, a picture to colour in and hang as a decoration on the tree, a question to ask and an activity to do.; and you will find more Advent ideas here; free printable

I want a Christmas that whispers — Jesus  (Ann Voskamp) hauntingly beautiful family devotional (for purchase) and cute paper ornaments for kids to make; more Advent devotional thoughts

Studying the Birth of Jesus – Advent Devotional  to use with your children; free printable

Fun Advent Calendar to colour  with a cute village scene; cut out the windows and behind the tinsel to reveal a hidden Nativity (remove or cover the old dates, e.g. with a sticker); here’s one using Christmas trees and snowmen (2014) with the Nativity behind it; another one here with Christmas trees and snowmen (2013) and Nativity behind it; one here with some dancing snowmen (2015) with different hats and a Nativity behind it; or if you enjoy doodling, use the idea to make your own; a great way to share the real story of Christmas that is behind the tinsel; free printable

Simple Advent calendar with Bible verses on a blue background (pdf; from the Bible Society); here’s a creative idea for this one: get your kids to design their own cover sheet to go over it with windows to cut out, like the ideas above; free printable

Advent Bible verses  (Lifeway) to help your child see that the coming of Jesus was prophesied and anticipated long before His arrival and that the Christmas story began all the way back in Genesis. Their prayer is that reading these stories will remind families of God’s faithfulness and turn their hearts to worship and honour the King of Kings this Christmas season

Advent – what God Wants For Christmas is.. YOU!  (for purchase) Great Christmas Advent activity (similar to Resurrection eggs). It has little gifts to open each day the week before Christmas, with things in them like Mary, Joseph, Angel Gabriel to make up a nativity set; short daily devotional set to rhyme; colouring sheets; make an ornament; and other fun activities (e.g. scavenger hunt) to do with your own kids / grandkids / students / church. Remember to include your sponsored child in the other activities and send them the pics. On the last day, what God wants for Christmas is revealed to be “YOU!” Inside the last gift box is a mirror. [I looked up mirror coated paper to try and think about doing my own paper version for my kids, but the site I found wanted me to buy it per ton. Hmmm… :) ]

Advent Stained Glass Nativity Scene  adapt for paper; lovely pattern template is available for purchase or use the idea to make your own

Advent – scratch off activity  (minted) beautiful little cards to scratch off each day in black, white and teal; choose ‘advent download – fill in your own activities’ and custom make your advent nativity calendar to suit your child; free printable

Origami Advent Calendar  using little origami boxes; hidden behind each ‘door’ is a Bible verse and maybe add some Christmas treats like Nativity stickers to encourage children to seek Jesus; free printable

Advent Christmas Chain – craft  (FlandersFamily) Bible verses are printed on strips of coloured paper and made into a decoration where one link is removed each day and the Bible verse is read; free printable

Advent Countdown Garland  little packets to make; adapt to make everything nativity related

Advent Colouring Pages  (Activity Village) Advent wreath with candles; Children looking at the calendar and counting down the days; (for members only)

Advent Activity Pack for Kids  for younger children; Advent calendar; colouring; craft; handwriting; letter tracing; activities and more; free printable (for subscribers)

Make an Advent Calendar  a simple idea using pockets; adapt for paper for your sponsored child

Origami Advent Calendar  Make your own advent calendar using very simple origami gift pockets. Idea: make with brightly coloured Christmas nativity wrapping paper or one of these free printable Nativity gift wrapping papers. Ideas for little treats you could include in each pocket:  Nativity stickers; Christmas Bible verses; messages of God’s love to your child; notes of love from you to your child.

25 days of Prayer  (Focus on the Family) List the names of 24 people you want to pray for on colourful and decorated strips of paper. Tear off one strip each day and pray for the person listed. When you reach the end of your paper chain on Christmas Eve, pray and thank God for sending His Son, Jesus—the best gift ever!

Butler (Business) Card Holder  (DigitProp) your child will enjoy making their own fun butler, complete with black tie, to store their Christmas Bible verses | wallet cards that you make for them. He will hold up and solemnly display a new Bible verse every day. Hmmm… this could be a novel Advent idea; and maybe give him a Christmas hat :) free printable

Names of Jesus – Advent activity  (thecraftyclassroom) featuring 24 images taking you through the names of Jesus; in colour or to colour; free printable (for subscribers)

Advent Nativity Scene + Stickers and Advent Calendars to purchase; several to choose from

Nativity Chocolate Advent Calendar  to purchase for your own children and grandchildren, complete with chocolate treats :)

Chocolate Advent Calendar  This fun fair-trade Nativity calendar has Mary and Joseph and Baby Jesus smack bang in the middle of a cocoa plantation and shows the processing path that the cocoa beans travel to become chocolate, which is then delivered by the Wise Men to the children dressed in their snow clothes. For something a bit different. Your own children and grandchildren may enjoy this item for purchase; More chocolate advent calendars ideas here or use the ideas to design your own.

Advent ideas for little hands  (truthinthetinsel)

Christmas countdown fun  150+ Christmas countdown activities to choose from (mostly for your own family): fun at home, outings, serving others, in the kitchen, decorating, faith-based, crafting, movies, winter, summer, etc. Skim through them and see what may be suitable or adaptable for your sponsored child. Also have a look at the Advent reading plan based on another post about the Jesus Storybook Bible.




Christmas ~ Master List  FREE 500+ Nativity colouring pages, FREE Nativity photo frames, FREE Nativity paper gifts, FREE Nativity puzzles, FREE Nativity booklets, FREE Nativity posters, FREE Nativity articles for kids, FREE Happy Birthday Jesus ideas, FREE Nativity learn to draw and more creative ideas for kids

Christmas Photo Gift Tags-SAMPLE2     What God wants for Christmas3 A4    What God wants for Christmas1-SAMPLE  




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