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21 Nativity and Advent Activities for Toddlers

With Christmas on the horizon I thought it would be nice to share a little round up of nativity and advent activities for toddlers. Advent activities are those which are about waiting and preparing for the nativity and as these are activities for toddlers they’re all suitable for one and two year olds to learn about the story behind the celebrations. Of course you’ll find that some of these activities are suitable for older kids too but I’ve tried to find those that are suitable for little hands so that everyone can enjoy this special time of year no matter how old they are!

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When is Advent?

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Advent starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas which means that the date changes slightly each year. In 2018 it starts on 2nd December, in 2019 it will start on 1st December and in 2010 it will start on 29th November.


Nativity and Advent Activities for Toddlers

There are so many lovely ways for toddlers to enjoy the nativity in the lead up to Christmas, my kids used to play with the Fisher Price nativity set at Sunday School and nativity stickers were always a great way to keep them busy in the lead up too – perfect for making cards or creating nativity scenes of their own. There’s lots of nativity and activities in this round up today with paper plate crafts, nativity cards and nativity candles amongst others – if you want to make sure you don’t forget any of these ideas then be sure to bookmark this page or pin an image for later so you’ll have all these ideas to hand when you need them. If you’re looking for advent calendar activities then make sure you check out our round up with over 40 fun ideas for kids or keep reading for more Christmas crafts for toddlers as well as some ideas for nativity books for toddlers.

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These nativity story stones are a great way to discus the telling of the story with younger kids as they can help put them in the correct order

I adore this nativity sensory bin which would be perfect for toddlers to play with

This paper plate manger would be great for toddlers as even younger ones would be able to paint the manger itself.

This beautiful baby Jesus card from Kids Craft Room has a free printable

I love these Christmas candles made by kids in their preschool group

This Christmas lantern craft for toddlers is perfect if your kids like the idea of a ‘lit’ candle but without any real flames

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More one for you to make for your toddlers than for them to make themselves, but I couldn’t leave out these DIY nativity blocks because they are gorgeous and would be perfect for toddlers to recreate and tell the nativity story with.

Learn about shapes while making this sweet nativity suncatcher

Make some toilet roll angels for a nativity scene or pop one on top of a Christmas tree!

This popsicle stick manger craft is so cute!

Wouldn’t these nativity cards be fantastic to send to family members? They have a free template too to help you make them.

Save some paper rolls to make this three kings craft from Red Ted Art

Don’t forget the animals that were there for the birth of Jesus – this sheep craft is really easy for toddlers to make (and fun to print)

While this donkey craft looks great too

This textured nativity art on Rainy Day Mum is perfect for little hands

This nativity wreath makes a great toddler made Christmas decoration too

This handprint nativity would make a lovely keepsake

Meaningful Mama shares how you can make a nativity scene for your kids to make a simple drawing in

Use geometric shapes to talk through the nativity scene – this would be good to make on a Christmas card too!

This footprint manger was made with a class of three year olds and would make a lovely keepsake

Let your child explore the story of the nativity by making a nativity tree

Nativity Books for Toddlers

My daughter was given a nativity story as a toddler and it’s one that we still read now a few years later, they really are lovely stories to share together in the run up to Christmas! Why not check out these stories to share with your toddler too.

Christmas Crafts for Toddlers

These scrunched paper Christmas trees are a great way to practice fine motor skillsscrunched-tissue-paper-christmas-trees 300Paper plate snowflakes are perfect for younger children as you can decorate them without then getting too gloopy!

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These snowflake twirlers are good for scissor skills and fine motor plus they look great hung up!

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