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Looking for Fun Advent Ideas for Toddlers
Welcome! I hope your Thanksgiving was lovely and you are looking forward to Christmas with joy and excitement. Yes, there’s probably a bit of stress intertwined with that excitement. But hopefully, I can help make things easier for you as you plan out your Christmas and Advent activities for toddlers and preschoolers and more! And today, I thought we’d start with some fun Advent Ideas for toddlers and older kids.
Starting with Advent Calendars Toddlers Like
I’m hard at work on my plans for my grand-toddler and hope to have our first Christmas / Advent activities ideas post up in a few days. But with December 2 being the first Sunday in Advent, I wanted to share some great ideas I’ve spotted to help those of us interested in Advent Calendars for our kids and grandkids. For me, this year, I’m especially looking for fun and interesting Advent calendars toddlers can relate to. So far, I haven’t found a “best Advent calendar for toddlers.” But I’ve found several lovely ones and am planning on some major co-mingling.
When working on Bible verses for our projects over the next few weeks, I realized I wanted to tie them into Advent. But since I usually only work with the grandkids once a week, that really limits me. Something I know many grandparents can relate to. Parents, of course, usually have each day. But for working parents, it’s definitely more of a challenge for you as well.
Advent Calendars For Toddlers On Up:
Here are some of my favorite Advent Calendars for a range of ages from Toddlers and Preschoolers on up to Older Kids.
Make a chain of loops from construction paper – write Bible verses OR fun activities like Read a Bible story book, play with a nativity set, color a Christmas picture, OR alternate the two, etc. Each day, take on loop off and do what it says. By the time you finish the chain, it’s Christmas! 🙂
Happy Home Fairy’s Bible Verse Advent Countdown free printable. It’s great! Cute pictures, easily laid out for the month of December. Very sweet and GREAT if you are working on it daily. For that matter, I’m planning on reading several at a time throughout the day to Little Bear.
I really love 15 Bible Verses to Teach Your Children about Advent from the Purposeful Mom as they are centered around the Advent Candles – a custom I have long loved and will institute again, when the grandkids are a bit older. (Too much going on and too little room / time for me to try it this year. 😉 )
12 Bible Verses to Teach Kids About Christmas from Motherhood on a Dime also has great Bible memory verse ideas – especially for kids who are a bit older.
If you (and your toddler) are a fan of The Jesus Storybook, you should definitely check out Adriel Booker’s post and plan for incorporating that into a 24 day Advent time. When Little Bear and Punkin Doodle are older, I will definitely be doing that!
Amy, from Encouraging Moms at Home, has a lovely checklist of 25 verses in both Old and New Testament. Great for reading one per day leading up to Christmas.
Tales of Beauty for Ashes has some delightful readings, crafts, and service projects and I am looking forward to working with some of her ideas!
By the by, Etsy has some lovely Advent calendars available, many for very low prices.
My “Once A Week” Advent Plan
Once a Week Advent Calendar for Toddlers
Here’s my Once a Week Advent Plan that I’ll be sharing weekly with detailed ideas for activities and more. But this is to give you a good overview in case you’re interested in joining me and want to order books, music, etc. 🙂
Week 1 – Mary – Memory Verse – A virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. Is 7:14b
Week 2 – Joseph – You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21b
Week 3 – Jesus is Born – The Angels & The Shepherds – The angel said…there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
Week 4 – Wise Men – There came wise men from the east. Matt 2:1
And throughout the month I’ll be singing and saying:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
Christmas Advent Books for Toddlers
Overlaid on all of these verses will be Christmas stories, including some favorite books my older grandkids have long enjoyed :
The Beginner’s Bible A Christmas Celebration Sticker and Activity BookThe Christmas Story (Bible Babies)The Story of ChristmasThe Christmas StoryThe Christmas Story with Ruth J. Morehead’s Holly Babes (Pictureback(R))Baby Jesus (Baby’s First Bible Stories)God Gave Us Christmas (God Gave Us Series)The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights)
Children Advent Hymns Songs
And, of course, we’ll be enjoying a variety of Christmas carols including ones with Bible verses, like Point of Grace’s Unto Us a Child is Born. I’ve already started a Christmas song playlist and will probably add to it through the season (year). And as much as possible, I’m looking for songs sung by or specifically for children. But sometimes, not – like Point of Grace’s song! 🙂
My goal this year is to have fun with various Christmas and Advent calendar ideas toddlers can enjoy, coupled with my toddler nativity sets that I’ve already collected, not to mention some printable toddler nativity sets I’ll be sharing along the way. Plus surround ourselves with delightful music that matches what we’re learning along with Bible story books on the topic, fun Christmas activities for toddlers and more – as we continue to – year by year, layer by layer – have sweet times and build blessed memories while sharing the love of God and the wonderful Christmas story with my grandkids and more!
Toddler Nativity Sets
Speaking of Nativity sets for Toddlers, the photo above is SOME of the ones I have. I pulled these out on Thanksgiving with Little One but I can see I need to dig deeper in my Christmas boxes as I’m missing some very important pieces. Would you believe it, I made that painted set for my children many years ago. As you can see, I am definitely NOT skilled at painting, but I did have fun making it and they, along with their children, have enjoyed it through the years.
One more quick tip – Even though Grand-toddler is still on Mega-Blocks and this nativity set from Frugal Fun For Boys (See pix above with star LEGO Nativity) won’t yet work for him, I am definitely sharing it with my older grandkids and with YOU! It’s a LEGO Nativity set! Awesome!
How about you? Are you looking for a nativity set toddlers (and older kids too, of course) can play with? Check these lovely ones out. And WOW! So many to pick from! Some old and familiar and beloved. Others quite new to me. Very cool!
Melissa & Doug Classic Wooden Christmas Nativity Set With 4-Piece Stable and 11 Wooden FiguresFisher-Price Little People A Christmas StoryFun Express Mini Christmas Nativity Set Stable with Jesus Mary Joseph Wisemen – 9 PiecesNativity Playset for Children 19 Pieces by BibleToys. Includes Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus. Christmas Toys for ChildrenMiniature Kids Nativity Scene with Creche, Set of 12 Rearrangeable FiguresLarge Size Kids Christmas Nativity Scene with Creche, Set of 12 Figures by One Holiday LaneChristmas Nativity Set – Interactive Fabric Nativity Scene Wall Hanging with Plush Moveable Figures by Mistletoe MillMiniature Kids Christmas Nativity Scene with Creche, Set of 12 Rearrangeable FiguresFisher-Price Little People NativityO Holy Night Wooden Nativity Set – 14-piece Christmas Holiday Traditional Nativity Playset with The Holy Family, Three Wise Men, Animals, and Manger by Imagination GenerationFisher-Price Little People Nativity SetNativity Bricks Ultimate Kids Nativity SetOlive Wood Children’s Nativity Set (12 Pieces Set) (3 Inches)Blue Panda 15-Piece Kids Nativity Set – Christmas Nativity Scene Playset Figures, Great for a Christmas, Secret Santa GiftChildren’s 10 Piece Nativity Scene by Clever Creations | Manger, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Angel, and Wise Men | Classic Christmas Decor | Stable Perfect for Shelves and Tables | 100% Wood | 7Nativity Playset for Children 19 Pieces by BibleToys Bundle. Includes Christmas in The Manger Board Book. Figures Include Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, Wise Men, Shepherds, & Animals. Christmas Toy.Large Fabric Christmas Nativity Set, 9 Pieces, 15.5 Inch Tall by Betsey CavalloWhat God Wants For Christmas Play Set – 7 Gift Boxes And Book With Stable And StickersO Holy Night Nativity Scene 24-piece Wooden Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle with Inset Frame by Imagination GenerationHey!Play! Nativity Kids Playset – Hand Painted Christmas Childrens Manger Scene Indoor Decor & Bible Toys for Sunday School, Holiday DecorationDelton Products 8 x 3.5 x 10Made-by-Me Nativity (Maker Fun Factory)Nativity Felt Set- 25 Piece Advent CalendarThe Nativity Toy Build A Story by BibleToys. 7 Figurines Including Baby Jesus, Storybook, Unfolding Tray to Make Story Come to LifeChristmas Nativity Chipboard Playset Craft Kit
Do you have any suggestions for Advent Calendar Ideas Toddlers can enjoy – or for any kind of Nativity set toddlers can play with? Whether your own or a link to another? We’d love to hear your suggestions. And Merry Almost Advent!