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2023-12-03 00:00:00
2023-12-24 23:59:59

Advent is the period of four weeks leading up to Christmas, observed by Christians as a time of preparation and anticipation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

In early years settings, Advent can be celebrated in a way that is inclusive and fun, focusing on themes like joy, hope, love, and sharing.

Here are some ideas for celebrating Advent in your early years settings:

Create an Advent calendar: Make a simple Advent calendar with the children, using paper, cardboard, or fabric. Each day, reveal a new activity, story, or discussion topic related to the themes of Advent.

Make Advent wreaths: Create Advent wreaths with the children using paper or natural materials like evergreen branches, pine cones, and berries. Discuss the symbolism of the wreath and the four candles, which represent hope, love, joy, and peace.

Christmas crafts: Engage children in making Christmas crafts and decorations, such as ornaments, cards, or paper chains. These activities promote creativity and fine motor skills while introducing children to the traditions of Advent and Christmas.

Organize a charity activity: Involve children in a charity activity, such as collecting non-perishable food items for a local food bank, donating toys or clothes to a local shelter, or creating holiday cards for seniors or hospital patients. This helps teach children the importance of giving and caring for others during the Advent season.