Looking for a simple homemade Advent Countdown? Then this no-prep countdown is for you! Quick & easy to put together, & lots of fun for all ages to discover throughout December.All you need for this Advent Countdown are Three Kings & a Star. That's it!
If you don't have any crib figures, you could use card cut-outs like this fab set from Made By Joel which includes all the figures & a stable for kids to make & colour. If you have no star, you can print off one of our Star Templates here.
Here's how it works...
Introduce the children to the Three Kings, explaining that the Kings are going on a journey following the star, just like the Three Kings did in the Nativity Story. No one knows where the star will lead them, but the Kings will need the children's help to search for it.
On the morning of December 1st leave the Kings by your front door, but have the star hanging in a different location where the kings can be moved to. (Each night you'll need to move the star to a new location ready to be discovered by the children the next morning.)
The idea is that when the star is found, the children move the Three Kings from where they've been the previous day to the star's current position. The star & Kings stay there all day until you move the star (not the kings) to a new location that night, ready to be found the next day. The Kings then travel to the star.
The Kings then continue to travel around the house every day following the star, until 25th Dec when, if you wish, you could place the star above your crib scene ready for the Kings to visit baby Jesus on Christmas Day. I know the Kings wouldn't actually be at the stable until Epiphany, but just for this activity they'll arrive early.
Where to 'hide' the star...
I'm sure you'll have some great ideas, but here are a few to get you started:
:: Alongside Christmas books on bookshelves
:: Bedside a bed
:: On a kitchen surface or by the sink
:: Next to the fridge
:: By the toaster
:: Near the TV screen
:: On a breakfast table
:: On a chair
:: Hanging from the bottom of the Christmas tree
:: Beside Christmas cards
:: On a windowsill
:: Next to the coats
:: On a door handle
:: Next to the computer
:: Near presents under the tree
:: Beside school shoes
:: On a school bag
:: Next to your wellie boots
You could offer the children a daily challenge & see how long it takes for them to find the star each morning, or give them some clues as to where they might be.
Or you might like to talk about the journey of the Three Kings & where they travelled from, or learn the words from the carol "We Three Kings."
I love the simplicity of this quick & easy, no-cost Advent Countdown. It's also a lovely way to explore the journey of the Three Kings too & the part they played in the Nativity Story.
However your Three Wise Men travel, I hope you & your family have fun together counting down to Christmas Day.