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11 Frugal Advent Activities & Free Printables

Looking for some ideas of ways to celebrate Advent as a family or make memories as you count down to Christmas? Here are 11 ideas submitted by readers here:

Thrifty and Thriving shows you how to make your own Christmas Countdown Advent Activity Calendar.

Bamm Boo created Advent Activities in Jars — one for each day counting down to Christmas!

Well-Rounded Home put together a free printable Random Acts of Kindness Advent Calendar.

Intentional By Grace shows you how to create an Advent Calendar when you don’t have any money.

Free Homeschool Deals has a free printable December Activity Calendar.

Ann Voskamp is offering a free Jesse Tree Devotional ebook and free printable Jesse Tree ornaments to hang on your tree.

When You Rise created some printable verses you can laminate and put around your home to help you focus your mind on Jesus this Christmas.

Mandi is offering a free printable Advent Chain as a fun way to count down to Christmas.


Jessica from LifeAsMOM is offering a free Christmas Countdown download.

The Prudent Pantry shares how to make a Christmas Book Advent Calendar. Teaching Good Eaters shares how they are incorporating the Christmas Book Basket Advent Calendar idea in their home.

Confessions of a Homeschooler shows you how to make Advent Activity Ornaments. Her post includes free printables and a list of activity ideas.

Looking for a really simple Advent Calendar idea? Jessica shows you how to make your own Advent Calendars from packs of gum.

How is your family seeking to make Advent meaningful? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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  • Donna says:

    What a great collection!
    I LOVE the Scripture ornaments!

  • Stephanie says:

    Does anyone have anything together for preschool/toddler ages? I want to do something but I have a baby that just turned 2 and a 3 1/2 year old. I thought I would put it out here before I went to work…just in case someone already had it all put together! Thanks!

  • Jessica says:

    Thanks for the mention Crystal 🙂

    In addition to the gum count down again this year our family is going to be looking at the genealogy of Jesus this Christmas – I am *so* excited! I have written up the story for 25 of the characters according to Matthew’s genealogy and we will be reading one story a day, starting with Abraham and ending with the Lord Jesus. It’s been the most rich study I have ever done working through this and I will be sharing each characters story the night before each day it corresponds with (so starting November 30, in the evening, I will share Abraham’s story and it will end Christmas eve with Jesus’ story.)

    I made this visual to go along with it for my boys: and in going through it I wrote it for myself and will read it to the kids as such, pausing to explain concepts that might be trickier for them to understand so it isn’t necessarily a “child’s” thing and yet I think they can easily be drawn into it and learn a lot.

  • Debrah says:

    We gathered some of God’s names and attributes, including Scripture reference, and painted them on inexpensive glass ornaments with puff paint. Every day, we pick an ornament, read the Scripture and talk about it, then place the ornament on the tree. We’ve done it for the last few years and the kids have really loved it.

  • Mariah says:

    I made a advent calendar shaped like a wreath, it was very cute!

    Supplies needed:

    Decorative round tin dish $1
    Clothes pins $1
    Glittery table scatter $1
    Christmas themed baking cups $1
    Glue gun
    List of Christmas activities

    At the dollar tree I found tin serving plates/dishes. They were designed with pictures of snowmen, snow on a house, poinsettia, etc.

    Pick a picture you like, that’s the base of your project.

    Buy a package of 24+ clothes pins at the dollar tree.
    Buy Christmas themed muffin liners/baking cups. $1 at Hobby Lobby with their 50% off Christmas sale.

    And some glittery table scatter from the dollar tree. They had blue snowflakes, red stockings, and green trees.

    Write your Christmas activities in the center of the baking cups. 24 cups, 24 activities.

    Glue one piece of table scatter (looks like a glittery foam sticker, but not sticky) onto each clothes pin.

    Clip a baking cup folded in half (outside design showing while inside writing is hidden) with clothes pin securely to edge of tin dish. Complete an equal row of folded baking cups and clothes pins, then evenly layer the rest of the folded baking cups and clothes pins. It will look like a wreath.

    It’s very fun, you can use the glittery Christmas clothes pins afterward for hanging Christmas cards and your can use the dish for nuts or candy. At $4, not bad.

    If you want to save $1, you can go half and half with a friend. In addition to the items listed above you need another clothes pin pack and another tin, that’s it to make 2 of them.

  • Thanks for sharing my advent jars. There’s lots of other great ideas here too 🙂

  • Kim Henning says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. At 11pm tonight (11/30), I realized that tomorrow was December 1and I had done nothing to put an advent calendar together. When my kids wake up in the morning there will now be one from ideas I gleened from several of the contributors above! Thanks again — saved my sanity!

  • Thanks for the mention, Crystal! These are some great ideas!

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