Advent Activities

Advent Activities at The Religion Teacher

Now Available: The Religion Teacher’s Advent Activity Pack and Jesse Tree Kit.

The Internet is loaded with advent activities of all sorts and kids. Check out the following links to help guide your way. Here are some general advent activity hubs on the web. These pages have other great resources to check out:

USCCB Advent Home Page (

Advent Activities for Children (

Catholic Advent Resources (

American Catholic’s Seasonal Feature (

Ignatian Advent Resources (Loyola Press)

The Religion Teacher’s Advent Activity Pack and Jesse Tree Kit (The Religion Teacher)

Catholic Advent Wreath Activities

Advent Wreath Blessing (Catechist Magazine)

Advent Wreath Crafts and Activities (Catholic Icing)

DIY Advent Wreath (

O Radiant Dawn: 5-Minute Prayers Around the Advent Wreath (Ave Maria Press)

Paper Advent Wreath (Catholic Inspired)

Advent Wreath Coloring Page (Activity Village)

What is the Meaning of Advent? (The Religion Teacher)

Advent Calendar Activities

Online Advent Calendar (Catechist’s Journey)

Interactive Advent Calendar (

Using Printables to Create Personalized Advent Calendars (The Religion Teacher)

Buy Advent Calendars on Amazon (

Advent Calendar: The True Story of Christmas (Sweeter than Sweet)

Printable Advent Calendar (The Catholic Toolbox)

Advent Jesse Tree Activities

The Jesse tree tells the story of Jesus’ ancestry. It is a great way for students to connect the Old and the New Testament.

The Religion Teacher’s Jesse Tree Kit (The Religion Teacher)

Sample Jesse Trees (Catholic Icing)

Jesse Tree (Resources for Catholic Educators)

How to Create a Jesse Tree (

Advent Prayers

The prayers on the following websites will work perfectly as opening or closing prayers to each of your class sessions. Consider distributing a list of these prayers and having students select some for their private reflection during this liturgical season.

USCCB Advent Prayers (

General Advent Prayers (

The Great O Antiphons (

General Prayers (Creighton University)

The Light of Prayer (Catechist Magazine)

Advent Prayers for Teens (Engaging Faith)

Advent Resources and Prayers (CRS Fair Trade)

Advent Prayer Service Ideas and Tips (The Religion Teacher)

Advent Games

Advent Bingo (Loyola Press)

Another Advent Bingo Game (

Advent Jeopardy (

Advent Wreath File Folder Game (The Catholic Toolbox)

Advent Books

Advent Stories and Activities (

Lets Make a Jesse Tree (

Joy to the World! Advent Activities for Your Family (

O Radiant Dawn – Advent wreath prayers for families! (Ave Maria Press)

Meaning of Advent

Video: What is the Meaning of Advent? (The Religion Teacher)

Video: What is the Meaning of the Advent Wreath? (The Religion Teacher)

Why is the third Sunday of Advent Pink? (The Religion Teacher)

Waiting and Preparation: Teaching Advent and Christmas (Catechist’s Journey)

Advent Journey to Christmas Craft Activity (

Journey to Bethlehem Advent Craft (Catholic Playground)

What are the O Antiphons? (Catholic Education Resource Center)

The Advent Activity Pack Worksheets


Do you have other activities that you have found or posted this year? Feel free to post a link in the comments below. I will be updating this page as I find new resources.

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  1. Cheryl Heintz says:

    Great site. Thank you.

  2. Michelle Petermeyer says:

    I loved the Lent activity pack. I used it this past lent (2013). I’m trying the Advent activities this year and plan to use the Lent pack again. Great products! Lots of info!

    Thank you!


  3. Thank you so much for your work and love of the Catholic Faith. Thanksgiving Blessings.