To identify Advent as a time of waiting
The children will be able to express an appreciation for the season of Advent.
- Butcher paper
- Colored paper (purple and pink)
- Markers and crayons
- Begin the activity by asking the children to explain the meaning of the word Advent. (The time we wait to celebrate Jesus' birthday.)
- Next, ask the children if they can recall some of the ways we celebrate the season of Advent. (We make Advent wreaths.)
- Allow a few moments for the children to share what they know about Advent and the making of Advent wreaths. If necessary, remind them that the wreath helps us count the weeks that we wait for Jesus.
- When you feel the children have a clear understanding, tell them that they will be making their own wrapping paper that will be used at the end of Advent in celebration of Jesus' birth.
- Encourage the children to think of the special colors and special events that are significant to the season of waiting. Write their ideas on a large poster paper for all to refer to as they illustrate their papers.
- Provide the children with large sheets of butcher paper and coloring utensils.
- If possible, have available a sample of your self-made wrapping paper.
- As the children draw, say: During the season of Advent, we prepare for Jesus' birth by letting him know that he's welcome in our lives and in our hearts. We can use this special wrapping paper for the gifts that we wrap in anticipation of Jesus' birthday.
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Try to create your own wrapping paper to use as an example for the children.