Advent Activity Guide

For Children and Families


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Advent Activity Guide

For Children and Families

A Note for Catechists

This guide is intended as a companion to the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops’ Liturgical Calendar, with Gospel Readings and family-friendly activities aligned with the Sunday Mass Readings of Advent and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.

Our goal is to help Catholic families grow in faith during Advent — with opportunities to recognize Christ’s face in the poor. More than 2,000 years after Jesus’ humble birth, Guatemalan children pray for safe homes, and by utilizing this guide, you can help answer that prayer. We hope each activity reaffirms the joys of Catholic Social Teaching and the Corporal Works of Mercy as we unite through Christ to bless the poor.

Getting Started: Handmade Advent Wreath

To draw your children into the Advent journey, make a personalized Advent wreath to use during the next four weeks.


  1. 1.) Have your children trace their hands on the green construction paper. Once the tracing is complete, cut out each handprint. Repeat this process until each student has enough hands to form the shape of a wreath.
  2. 2.) Glue or tape the paper hands together in a circle, making the wreath.
  3. 3.) Using glue or tape, wrap three cardboard tubes in purple construction paper, one in pink and a longer one in white.
  4. 4.) These tubes represent the Advent candles. Place the colored “candles” on the wreath, with the white candle in the center. Each week, fill each tube with yellow or orange tissue paper, to represent the lighting of the candles.


Green construction paper or card stock
1 sheet of pink paper
3 sheets of purple paper
1 sheet of white paper
5 cardboard tubes
Yellow or orange tissue paper
Glue or tape

Supplies You’ll Need Throughout the Advent Season​

(Week 1) Small cardboard box (such as an empty tissue box) or empty container (such as a milk carton), wrapping paper, tape, scissors.

(Week 2) Wrapping paper, tape, scissors.

(Week 3) Baking supplies.

(Week 4) Markers, crayons, colored pencils and other graphic tools to decorate your children’s cookbook (before it is photocopied).

(The Octave of Christmas) Cupcakes, cereal, marshmallows and raisins (if your parish allows food).

For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their distress; Shelter from the rain, shade from the heat.

Isaiah 25:4