You’ll want to bookmark these ideas and have fun with your little ones!
During Advent, we’re going to be utilizing the free Advent Adventure program from Holy Heroes. My kids are anxious to get started!
Catholic Advent Crafts for Kids – Advent Wreaths
We keep Advent wreath ideas simple around here, but if you’re the crafty type, I found loads of Advent wreath crafts and activities for you to peruse.
First things first, you’ll need an Advent wreath for your family. (no worries — I’ve got you covered with a few choices here)
Advent Candle Kit‘Make Your Own’ Beeswax Advent Taper Candle Kit – Makes 3 Complete Advent Taper Sets – DIY – Do It Yourself!Beeswax Advent Taper Candle Making Kit – Makes One Advent Candle SetPurple and Pink Wax Pillar Christmas Season Advent Candle Set of 4, 6 InchChristmas Advent Candle Set (Set of 4)
Don’t forget your candles, either. For the record, you’ll need some taper candles (skinny tall ones), as well as a pillar candle. In the taper size, you’ll need 3 purple, 1 pink, and 4 white. Once Advent is over, you’ll switch out your purple and pink candles, changing them to white to denote Christmastide.
You can also roll your own beeswax candles. This idea looks like a lot of fun, but requires that I plan ahead, which can sometimes be a stumbling block.
- Illuminated Ink’s Advent Candle Kit (DIY)
- Roll Your Own Beeswax Advent Candles (enough for 3 wreaths)
- Beeswax Candle Kit
- Flameless Advent Candle Set (You’ll have to have a wreath for pillar candles, but these are flame free)
- Pre-Made Advent Candle Kit
If you want to craft your own Advent wreath, take a look at some of these ideas:
- Family Advent Wreath Craft from Sweet Little Ones
- Advent Wreath Rip Activity from Sara J Creations — great for fine motor skills!
- Advent Wreath from Catholic Icing – more fine motor work
- DIY Advent Wreath from Premeditated Leftovers
- Simple Pipe Cleaner Advent Wreath from When Running Amok
- Advent Wreath Printables from Look to Him and Be Radiant
- Wall Sized Advent Wreath from I’m Going and I Like It
- Felt Advent Wreath Activity from Adventures with Jude
- Christmas Wreath Cupcakes – perfect for eating for dessert during Advent
- This Christmas wreath from KiddyHouse can serve as a base for your child friendly Advent wreath
- Free Fun Christmas has a sweet Advent Wreath Coloring Page that you can use with your younger children.
- Loving Christmas has a step by step tutorial for a traditional Advent wreath with greenery
Catholic Advent Printables
Check your ink and paper supply. I found a myriad of advent printables for your family — ideas for lapbooks, activity cards, coloring pages and more.
- Family Advent Activities Printable from Real Life at Home
- Catholic Advent Printable from Raising Little Saints
- Advent Lapbook from Three Sided Wheel
- Advent Coloring Book from Blessed Beyond a Doubt
- Free Jesse Tree Ornaments from Holy Heroes
- Nativity Finger Puppet Printables from Craftaholics Anonymous
- Printable Nativity from Catholic Icing
- Printable Paper Nativity Scene by Made by Joel
- Printable Color Nativity Scene from Papertoys
- Advent Calendar Printable from Mama Teaches
- Loads of Advent and Christmas printables from DTLK Bible
- Jesse Tree Printables from Wind in a Letter Box
- Names of Jesus Printable to Study During Advent by Satisfaction Through Christ
- Advent Activity Cards from Learning Mama
- Advent Coloring Pages from Ministry to Children
- Printable Nativity Advent Chain from Catholic Icing
- Printable Advent Calendar from Freshly Planted
- Nativity Printables from ThoughtCo
- O Holy Night Printables from Capital B
- Free Advent Copywork
Catholic Advent Crafts for Kids – Saint Nicholas
St Nicholas Printables
St Nicholas Paper Shoe Craft from InCulture Parent
Everything You Need for a St Nicholas Day Party from Catholic Inspired
Wooden Spoon St Nicholas from Sycamore Stirrings
St Nicholas Miter Craftivity from Kindercraze
St Nicholas Sight Word Reader from Kindercraze
St Nicholas Printables from Making Learning Fun
St Nicholas Figure tutorial from Catholic Teacher Resources
St Nicholas printable calendar craft from First School
- The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale
- Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend
- Saint Nicholas
- A Gift from Saint Nicholas
- The Real Santa Claus: Legends of Saint Nicholas
Catholic Advent Crafts for Kids – Blessed Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe
December brings us so many Catholic holidays! You can celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe with these easy shrine crafts.
We paid homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe with our favorite Advent activities: a special dinner, making tilmas, and Mexican Wedding Cake cookies!
Books to share:
- The Lady of Guadalupe
- Our Lady of Guadalupe
- Talking Eagle and the Lady of Roses
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Coloring Book
- The Beautiful Lady
Catholic Advent Crafts for Kids – Saint Lucia
Need resources to help you celebrate St Lucia Day? We’ve collected books, crafts, activities and recipes for your family to enjoy this season. Honor St Lucy with some of these ideas.
Books to peruse:
Catholic Advent Crafts for Kids – Advent Calendars and More
How do you help children count down the days of Advent, while making sure to focus on preparing our hearts for Christ’s birth? This interactive children’s Advent calendar from Loyola Press gives kids a visual reminder and offers small challenges for children to grow in grace.
I plan to be more intentional during Advent this year, focusing on time with my family. I’ll be able to enjoy time with my children and create family memories with these Advent activity cards.
Making Music Praying Twice (our Catholic homeschooling music curriculum) has Advent coloring pages to accompany the hymns you’ll be teaching your children. Don’t forget to listen to music samples there, too.
Pressed for time or energy? You can check out these Advent craft kits and calendars to make your days a little less hectic.
- ALEX Crafty Advent Calendar Kit
- Little People Nativity Calendar
- Nativity Sticker Advent Calendar
- Holy Family Advent Calendar
- Foam and Wood Advent Wreath Kit
What are your favorite ways to celebrate Advent with your family? I’d love to hear your ideas for Advent activities!