Advent activities
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By Philippa RichardsAssistant Editor Nursery Education PLUS

original article published 8 November 2010

Bring the magic of Christmas alive with these festive activities, one for each day of Advent, and build the anticipation of this important Christian festival


All about Advent…

Advent is a very special period in the Christian calendar, full of excitement, tradition and expectation, as it prepares for Christmas and the celebration of the birth of Jesus. The first Sunday of Advent starts on 27 November to 3rd December and the period lasts until Christmas Eve. During Advent there are many special customs to keep, dates and events to observe, and preparations to make – many of which can be exciting and inspiring for young children.

Try these activities with your children during Advent to enthuse them and enhance their learning and development, while building their anticipation and understanding of this unique celebration.

More about Advent…

Discover more about the festival of Advent with this useful online article, ‘Festival facts: Advent’.

Activities in this article:

  1. Calendar countdown
  2. Seasonal greetings
  3. Angels up high
  4. Secret snowman
  5. ‘Dear Santa…’
  6. Festive garlands
  7. The King declares…!
  8. Christingle celebrations
  9. Go crackers!
  10. Nativity role play
  11. Stocking surprise!
  12. Carols and crafts!
  13. ‘Twas the night before Christmas…’
  14. Going for gold!
  15. Seasonal scents
  16. Super stars!
  17. Little lambs
  18. Festive foods
  19. I spy… winter birds
  20. Rudolph’s treat
  21. Santa’s sleigh
  22. Daylight lanterns
  23. Pretty trees
  24. The Nativity
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  1. SmileyPR
    on 25 November 2011

    Please update

    Advent starts this year on Sunday 27th November 2011. The date that appears on the 1st parragraph is from last year.