If you need an easy Advent Calendar solution, here you go! This free printable bundle has not only number cards, but actual calendars and 72 activity cards that include Bible readings, Acts of Kindness, and family activities! An easy no-fuss calendar is included as well – and more! Adorable vintage rustic style! Come check it out!
Advent Calendars: A Meaningful Family Tradition
My guess is that you have kids (or maybe you teach kids) – and that’s why you’re here. So you don’t need to me to tell you that one of the most fun activities for kids around Christmas time is the countdown. My boys, who are 6 now, have been doing some kind of countdown since they were toddlers. And as they get older, it has only gotten better and hopefully more significant as a family tradition. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with counting down by eating chocolate – I mean, what kid doesn’t like that? But hopefully, as they grow, the approach to Advent grows more meaningful with them.
Advent literally means, “coming” – and so this is a super-fun time to build anticipation.
A Variety of Advent Calendar Activities for Kids and Families
The printables I’m sharing with you can really work just about any kind of advent calendar: one you already have, one you want to make – or even as its own stand-alone calendar.
I have a bunch of ideas to share with you for advent calendars, more than just the number card printables. But yes, they are in there, too. I’ve created them in a cute vintage rustic style as well, so it will be a classy compliment to your Christmas decor as well!
You can easily go to the store and purchase an advent calendar with pre-made boxes or buckets or sacks. You can also DIY many kinds of advent calendars of this type, if you want to save money or do this as a family activity. If you don’t want to be bothered with any of that, you can just print out the calendar and/or the cards.
There are all different kind of activity choices, depending on the priorities of your family.
The free printable countdown PDF I’m giving today has a several different options for activities. Let me break down what you’ll get today:
Advent Bible Readings
For many (myself included), it’s important to keep the focus on Christ. A simple way to do this is to go through advent daily readings. As adults, we can probably do a devotional. Some older kids may be fine with that, too.
But for younger kids, a few advent Bible verses is all you need. This part of the advent calendar has a short portion of Scripture you can read every day. If that’s only advent activity you want to do, that’s totally fine. There’s no need to live up to a hyped-version of advent.
Acts of Kindness
As our kids get older, to teach them the true meaning of Christmas, it’s important to get them to think of others and not be only focused on their Christmas list. Acts of Kindness is a great way to do this. (I did an Acts of Kindness Countdown for Valentine’s Day when my boys were 4 years old, so it can work for even the younger ones). With this calendar, there’s an activity to do every day that focuses on showing kindness to others.
Family Advent Activities for Kids
Many families like to spend the month of December having quality time with each other, enjoying some family Christmas activities. All of the activities in this portion of the calendar are family-oriented and kid-friendly, with the goal of bonding with siblings and with parents.
Mix and Match
We know Christmas season can be so busy, right? Maybe the thought of doing all this stresses you out (on top of Elf on the Shelf, right?) Do not feel obligated to do any of it. You can mix and match and pick just the right type and number of activities for your family. You can mix up all three, choose the ones you like, or even create your own using the blank cards. Just do whatever will fit best with your lifestyle, schedule, and holiday family goal.
Breakdown of Advent Calendar Printables and How to Use Them
Straight Up Calendar Print-Outs
If you want to keep like simple without being crafty, you can just print off the calendar and go from there. You get 4 versions of the calendar itself: 1 with ALL 3 types of activities per day (not meant for you to do them all in one day – unless you’re crazy and you want to – but you can just choose one on that day that works for you); a calendar with just the daily Bible readings, a calendar with just the Acts of Kindness, and a calendar with just the Family Activities.
Numbered Printable Tags
If you want to DIY your own advent calendar (here are 30 amazing ideas for DIY advent calendar), you can print out the numbered tags, on cardstock or on paper. You can hang them on something as simple as clothes pins on a string.
I also have an extra pallet laying around – you can just wrap some just string around it, duct tape it in the back, and create a very simple DIY that way as well! A spare piece of wood can work!
I also included blank number tags (not really numbered since they are blank) with just the images on them, in case you have something like this from Hobby Lobby or maybe something with numbers from a previous year.
Side note – There are two #24 cards – one with Santa, one with a manger scene. As you build toward Christmas Eve, choose the one that your family emphasizes.
Each calendar (Bible Readings, Acts of Kindness, Family Activities) has its own activity cards. There’s a set for Bible Reading, with red letters. There’s another set for Acts of Kindness in green letters. Finally, the last set is Family Activities in brown letters. This allows you a little more flexibility than using the printed calendars, as you can easily pick from each calendar and incorporate them into your own set up.
Some activities require a little more effort than others in the Family Activities and Acts of Kindness sets. You can easily mix and match with your schedule for the month and do what makes the most sense for you.
Each set also comes with many blanks, so you can include your own ideas and family favorites. The only numbered set is the Bible Readings because they are mostly meant to be read in order.
Once you cut out all of your cards, you can just glue them (or even just clip the back-to-back) to the number or picture card.
Once you’ve chosen your activities and created your card set, you can hang them on a string with clothes pins or with display that you use already. If you have numbered boxes or sacks that you already own, you can just take the activity card and stick it in the box or sack without doing anything else.
Super-easy! Everything you need for advent you can find in this printable.
Free Printable Advent Calendar for a Limited Time
Right now, I’m offering this set for free in 2021 for my subscribers. Just fill out the box at the end of the post to get your full bundle. This bundle includes:
2 page instruction sheet
4 Calendars (Bible Reading, Acts of Kindness, Family Activities, 3-in-1)
3 pages of Picture Cards with Numbers 1-24 (plus 3 blanks card)
3 pages of Picture Cards without Numbers (plus 3 blanks cards)
3 pages Bible Reading Cards – Red Lettering (plus 3 blank cards)
3 pages Acts of Kindness Cards – Green Lettering (plus 3 blank cards)
3 pages Family Activity Cards – Brown Lettering (plus 3 blank cards)
To get your bundle, just fill in the box below!
I’m so happy to offer this to you and I hope it will bring many memories for you and your family for years to come!
If you’ve looked through this and feel like you haven’t found what you’re looking for, here’s a post with 30 more advent calendar activities – all with free printables, some even as complete sets!
If you use and create this, I’d love to know! Please tag me on Instagram @100affections or leave a comment on Pinterest! Merry Christmas!
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