Today I have a guest post for you guys from my friend, Liz, over at Catholic Deals. I am in love with her new blog, which is totally devoted to highlighting sales and bargains on Catholic products! If you haven't already subscribed to this blog, you should. Well, that is if you're Catholic and enjoy saving money. ;-) I love that she included several craft kits in this round-up!
Advent is coming, and many parents are looking for ways to teach their children about the importance of this season of anticipation. This can seem difficult when the stores are already filled with Christmas merchandise. Luckily, there are a lot of great, inexpensive items that will involve your children in the celebration of Advent. Here are ten Advent devotional items for children all under $10.
Christianbook has this lovely Fabric Advent Wreath for just $7.99. I love the idea of a touchable Advent wreath that even the youngest children can explore.
Advent Candles Activity Magnets are another way that children can have their own Advent wreaths. This set is $9.99 and comes with magnetic candles, candle flames, and prayer cards.
If your kids would enjoy making their own Advent wreaths, try the the Pop up Advent wreath sticker scene from Oriental Trading for $8 for a dozen. This would be a terrific and easy class project as well.
An Advent charm bracelet is a unique reminder of the season. This one from Oriental Trading Company is just $10 for a dozen. Give some to your children and the rest as gifts to your godchildren or nieces and nephews. You can also get an Advent Charm Bracelet Craft Kit, which would be a great project for a CCD or Catholic school class. The kit is just $9, and it makes a dozen bracelets. Both the bracelet and the bracelet kit include cards explaining the symbolism of the candles and colors.
Also from Oriental Trading Company is a Make Your Own Nativity Sticker Advent Calendar. This would also be a great class project, or you could make some with your kids this year and save the rest. At $10 for a dozen, you could stock up for the next several years!
If you're looking for a reusable Advent calendar, this foam calendar from Autom is just $1.99 each (in a pack of 4). Many reusable Nativity Advent calendars run from $25 to $50, so this is a terrific value for an item that you can use for several years.
Maybe you'd like to try making a Jesse Tree this year but are overwhelmed by the idea of making all the ornaments from scratch. Well, help is at hand. This Jesse Tree Ornament Kit is only $7.50 and contains an explanation fo the Jesse Tree, 12 ready-to-assemble 3-D ornaments, corresponding Bible verses, illustrated instructions, sting, and sequins.
To go along with your Jesse Tree, check out this intriguing storybook that involves the Bible stories of the Jesse Tree. In The Jesse Tree by Geraldine McCaughrean, an old man retells the scriptural stories of Christ's lineage to a young boy. The paperback copy is $9.99 from Christianbook.
To involve the whole family in Advent prayers and activities, try Getting Ready for Christmas: A Daily Advent Prayer and Activity Book for the Family. This title is $6.29 for a book and Advent calendar in one, and it includes daily prayers and activities.
Finally, even the littlest ones can participate in Advent activities with the Advent Coloring Book by Fr. Lovasik. This is just $1.95 from The Catholic Company.
I hope you find the perfect item among these selections to enhance your family worship and your children's anticipation of Christ's coming at Christmas.
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