This Advent Countdown is perfect for young children who enjoy a game of 'hide & seek' or love treasure hunts. Each day will take them on a new journey, where they'll discover not only a star, but a different activity to explore every day too. Quick & simple to put together, you'll find the 25 activities to print off & cut out at the bottom of the page.
Every year we bring out our Nativity set to explore during December, but this Advent the Three Kings are going on an adventure of their own. From December 1st onwards they'll set off each day to find the star which will be hidden somewhere around the house.
You could use any star decoration or ornament for this, we're using a battery-operated light which will glow in the dark so we can see it in the evenings too.
Each evening I'll move the star to a new location ready to be discovered the following morning. The idea is that when the children find the star, they then move the Three Kings from where they've been the previous day to the star's current position.
The Kings will continue to travel every day around the house, following the star, until 25th Dec when we'll place the star above the stable. (I know in the Nativity the Three Kings didn't actually arrive at the stable until Epiphany, but just for this activity the Three Kings will visit Jesus on Christmas night.)
Attached to the star each day will be a piece of paper with one of our activities which we'll explore together during the day. We'll pick & choose the order of these depending on the plans we have for the day.
I've designed the Advent Activities to help explore the real meaning of Christmas. Some activities link directly to the Christmas Story, & others encourage generosity & care,
I'm looking forward to starting our adventure on December 1st, & discovering afresh the Christmas Story together with all the fun activities.