If you’re looking to celebrate Advent at your church with kids, try these 17 simple and fun Advent crafts for Sunday school children of all ages!
Advent is a time of preparation as we await the coming of Christ, both as a baby in a manger and as a glorious King at the second coming. There are four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas Eve.
How to Teach Kids About Advent
A great way to start teaching your Sunday school class about Advent is to incorporate Advent Bible readings into your class time.
Send this free Advent Bible reading plan home with your church families to read the Bible verses together each day of Advent.
And here are 15 great Advent Scripture verses your kids should know!
Then, during your class time, incorporate some of these fun Advent crafts, explaining the meaning of the Advent season as you do each activity.
Here are 20 Advent activities to use during your Sunday school lessons to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.
17 Advent Crafts for Sunday School
1) Advent Calendar
Download this printable Advent coloring calendar with a biblical theme for your students to take home and color each day of Advent. Find it at Children’s Ministry Deals.
2) Advent Chain Countdown
A great way to get younger kids excited about Advent and Christmas is to use an Advent paper chain to count down to Christmas Eve! Use this fun idea from Happy Home Fairy.
3) Seeking Our Savior Advent Activities
This is a fun activity that incorporates clues and small items representing Christ’s character and birth, leading kids to “seek the Savior”. You can find the activity cards and instructions on Look to Him and Be Radiant.
This comes from a Catholic blog, so if you’re Protestant, you may need to change it a bit. This could even become one of the fun family traditions that kids do at home!
4) Paper Plate Angel
Use a child’s handprints as wings for this paper plate angel.
Here is another paper plate angel craft option that becomes a 3D angel.
Paper Plate Angel Craft
5) Advent Wreath Craft for Sunday School
At the beginning of Advent, have your students make their own Advent wreaths to take home and use with Bible readings throughout the season. There are many options, perfect for any age!
This three-dimensional Advent wreath is a great DIY for older kids, and younger students could do it with help.
Here is another 3D Advent wreath craft option from Catholic Icing.
6) Pipe Cleaner Advent Wreath
Make this simple, fun craft, a pipe cleaner Advent wreath. Talk about the meaning of the Advent candles and why they are used to represent parts of the story of the birth of Jesus: Prophecy, Bethlehem, Shepherds, and Angels. Learn more about that in this post about teaching Bible verses about Advent.
7) Advent Candle Wreath Craft
If you’re looking for something for littles, this Paper Plate Advent Wreath is a great craft for young children.
8) Jesse Tree Craft
Creating a Jesse Tree teaches kids about how God prepared the world for the birth of Jesus. After you print the Jesse Tree ornaments found at Faithward, use the Bible stories to talk about creation and the fall, how Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecies, and the events leading up to His birth.
Find the ornaments and Bible stories HERE.
You can also find a Jesse Tree in Comfort and Joy, our printable Advent study for families and churches!
9) Baby Jesus Ornament Craft
This ornament is perfect for older children to create on their own and for younger kids to do with help. It makes a great gift for grandparents too! Click HERE for the Baby Jesus Ornament directions.
10) Nativity Ornaments Printable
At the beginning of the Advent season, have your students make their own ornaments with this stained-glass nativity ornaments printable and send them home to hang on the family tree or hang them on a small Christmas tree in your classroom!
11) Nativity Scene Craft
Print out copies of this easy craft and have kids color it while you tell the Christmas story from Luke 2. This is a great craft to use right before Christmas Eve.
Printable Nativity Scene Craft
You can also use these cute and simple Nativity Finger Puppets to help your youngest students retell the story!
12) Advent Banner to Hang
Print out an Advent banner and paste the Bible verses on the back. String them on ribbon or twine and have your students take them home to use during the Advent season. Here are two ideas:
Advent Calendar Banner from The Purposeful Mom
Advent Ornaments from Confessions of a Homeschooler
13) DIY Nativity Story Stones
If you’re looking for some Christmas Bible crafts for older Sunday school students, even high school kids may enjoy creating a Nativity set with smooth stones to retell the Christmas story. Find the instructions and supply list on Rainy Day Mum.
14) Prince of Peace Cookies
If you have access to a kitchen at your church, you could bake cookies as part of one of your Advent Bible lessons.
One of the names of Jesus is Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and these treats will help reinforce that truth! Find the instructions HERE.
15) Graham Cracker Nativity Scene
If you want to combine a snack with a craft in your Sunday school class, this graham cracker nativity scene is a fun way to do so!
16) Advent Coloring Pages
Check out these great Advent coloring pages:
17) Sing Christmas Carols
While this isn’t exactly a craft, it’s a great way to reinforce the truths your Sunday school students have been learning about the birth of Jesus Christ.
Advent activities can help children understand why the Christmas season means more than just getting presents and making cookies. It’s surprising to me how many kids, even those who go to church on a semi-regular basis, don’t know many details about the Christmas story.
Let me know in the comments if you have any other great ideas for Advent crafts for kids!