Here are the details of our first four advent activities this year. The next seven are here, the final four are here and the full list is here.

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ADVENT

We will be explaining advent itself, the anticipation, preparation for and countdown to the celebration of the coming of Jesus.

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– Handprint wreaths (inspired by this but there are plenty of instructions elsewhere also)

– Finishing patterns on wreaths using holly leaves and berries

– Ways to make the number 24 (using 24 red balls and 24 pipe cleaners)

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MARY AND JOSEPH

We will look at Mary and Joseph, their journey to Bethlehem and their obedience to God’s plan for them.

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– Journey to Bethlehem game, reading words with ‘s’ and ‘sh’ sounds

– Shadow puppets

– Roll and create a felt picture of Mary and Joseph’s journey

– Mary’s song and praising God

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JESUS AND THE NATIVITY

This theme will focus on the birth of Jesus.

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– Matchbox manger (inspired by this)

– Matching words and pictures

– Learning to draw a nativity scene, each page of the book builds one more element into the scene (idea from here)

– Cut and paste nativity scene

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JESUS, LIGHT OF THE WORLD

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– Light of the world find-a-word

– Silhouette nativity scene candle holders (I have used black contact on jars and battery operated tea lights)

– Star and manger light garland (we will place a light from the string of lights through each of the stars and manger)

– Torch projections of star, candle and manger

– Light of the world verses

xo

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