Kid-friendly Advent Printables

Every year the struggle remains the same: how do we keep their little hearts and minds focused on Christ when Christmas has become such a consumer-oriented holiday?

Enter the Christmas Adventure Box, a kid-friendly advent activity for the whole family.  Explore the spiritual significance of many of our favorite Christmas traditions, such as Christmas lights, candy canes, St. Nick, and more.

I first wrote about how we use this kid-friendly advent as a family tradition a few years ago.

If you haven’t read that post, I highly recommend you start there (just click this link).

I also recommend visiting my friend Lana’s site, which is where the idea originated. She gives more detailed instructions in a lesson-plan type of format which would be very helpful for teachers, homeschoolers, children’s church leaders, AWANA leaders, and so forth.

One of the things I love best about this kid-friendly advent activity is that it is very flexible!

Choose to do every day or just a few days a week, spend as little as five minutes or as long as an hour, and if you get behind (that never happens to us…haha), complete multiple days in one evening.

It’s advent that works for your family!

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This year, I wanted to be a little more organized since last year flew by so quickly that we never actually completed the Christmas Adventure Box advent acitivity.  I was such a holiday hypocrite.

So, I created some free printables to attach to the items in the box (see below) with simple instructions for how to complete each day’s activity of advent for kids.

Using this method will prevent me from having to look up the blog each day or print out a new set of advent instructions when ours gets lost (which also never, ever happens, right?).

Want to keep Christ at the center of your family Christmas?  These printables make kid-friendly Advent easy! The Christmas Adventure Box is a fun, frugal, and kid-friendly activity for advent that will teach your children the true reason for celebrating the Christmas season!  Learn the spiritual significance behind some of our favorite Christmas traditions, such as Christmas trees, lights, stockings, and even candy canes!


And I thought if I was going to take the time to make printables for this advent for kids, then I might as well share with you all. :)

So, Merry Christmas to you, my faithful readers – here are free, downloadable printables to go along with your Christmas Adventure Box advent for kids. Just click the words below to download.

Kid-friendly Advent free printables


I plan to print ours out on card-stock, cut them apart and attach them to the wrapped items in our box, making this family advent activity even simpler than it already is.

I’m all for simplifying the holidays for less stress, especially with four kiddos in the house (okay, three kiddos and one young man).

Don’t forget to visit The Christmas Adventure Box post for details on how to get started and a handy list of needed items. Once your box is filled and the cards are attached, you are all set to go for this easy, kid-friendly advent that that whole family will enjoy.

Teach your children the stories behind holiday traditions

and, most importantly, how Jesus is the Greatest Gift of all!

Jen :)

If you find yourself worried about how to give your kids a good Christmas, read here.

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    • says

      Most of the ideas came from my friend, Lana, but I needed more flexibility, especially after we had our twins. :) I love doing advent activities, but also know we don’t need a lot of extra pressure during the holidays. Thanks for stopping by!
      Jen :)

    • says

      I have heard of a Jesse tree, but never checked into it. I’ll have to see what it’s all about. The one downfall to being flexible is that you can’t tell exactly how many days are left, if you’re not doing every day. So, our five year old twins keep asking if they can open presents every day. A countdown would work well for them. Maybe we’ll make a paper chain or something, haha.
      Jen :)

    • says

      We didn’t get to do it last year, so I’m really looking forward to it! I like not having a forced schedule because so often life just gets in the way and then I end up feeling guilty about not getting them all done. Let me know how it works for you!
      Jen :)

  1. says

    What a wonderful way to be intentional about the true Spirit of Christmas. I love this! My daughter is only 10 months old right now but I am saving this for next year! Thank you!


  1. […] Don’t Forget Why We Celebrate Christmas. The reason we celebrate Christmas is to remember the day that Jesus Christ was born into the world. He came as a vulnerable, helpless baby and grew into a sinless man that sacrificed his life in order to save ours from an eternity separated from God. It’s easy to forget about this truth as we are busy shopping, decorating, cooking, and entertaining. A great way to keep Jesus as the main focus of the holiday is to observe the season of advent. Without getting into differences among denominations, it’s essentially a few weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas where you focus on the first and second coming of Christ. There are many advent calendars for kids and adults, like this one, that have games, discussion prompts, and stories to help your family keep Christ in Christmas. You can also find many free advent printables online, like this one from Being Confident of This. […]

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