Easy Advent Activity Ideas

A few people have asked for our list of Advent calendar activities – something I originally planned on sharing but knew I wouldn’t finalize until the day we began, December 1st.

True ’nuff, I didn’t finalize them until the day we began, December 1st, and now it’s December 5th.

{shoutout to all my fellow procrastinators}

But, hey, maybe you are just looking for a few family fun ideas throughout December and maybe this will still be a good resource, so here you are:

Click above, or download the pdf here.

A few tips:

1. Go to the Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby, or the Target dollar spot BEFORE you plan activities. They always have cheap, cute craft kits and puzzles and Christmas-paraphenalia to plan activities around. (Instead of coming up with an activity and then scrambling to find the supplies.)

Pictured above: an alien hand + foam decorations to make and take to our elderly friends

2. Going back to the whole “low expectations” thing, don’t make the activity cards a big deal.

I printed them on boring white paper, cut them into uneven squares, and stuck them in a super snazzy felt envelope that I bought at – dare I mention it again – the Target dollar spot.

Along those lines, displaying them beautifully is squarely in the Not A Big Deal category.

This year, I bought a package of felt Christmas trees and made garland out it.

When we have completed an Advent activity, we tape it to a tree so we know what day we’re on and how many trees we have to go until Christmas.

I’m telling you, keeping wonder high and expectations low saves lives.

I hope this has been helpful. If not, can’t say I didn’t warn you.


Through all these sometimes-fun, sometimes-kind, sometimes-silly activities, may we all look for and wait for and hope for Jesus well this season.

She talked about the child to everyone who had been waiting expectantly for God to rescue Jerusalem.

Luke 2:38 (NLT)

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