10 Advent Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers

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It's hard to believe Christmas is right around the corner. Both of my kids love Christmas so I wanted to find some fun and easy ideas for them to do this Christmas that would point them to the real meaning of Christmas, Jesus.

Today I am sharing 10 Advent activities for toddlers and preschoolers that they will love to create.

10 Advent Activities for toddlers and preschoolers.

10 Advent Activities for Toddlers And Preschoolers

We always try to bring in the real meaning of Christmas into everything we do during this time of year. I think it is so easy to get caught up in the gifts and shopping that we sometimes forget the real reason many of us celebrate this time of year.

My daughter especially always loves the story of Baby Jesus, so I wanted to find some ways to bring His story into our home more often.


This Nativity Sensory Bin was a huge hit with my daughter. I wanted something she could hold and play with. She would retell the story and often ask questions about different parts of the story as she played. Plus it is a great sensory experience for little ones.

An easy, DIY Nativity sensory bin, perfect for the Advent season.


Yes, there were most likely more than three wise men, so you could always make more of the little wooden men for this activity. I made my own scented play dough using essential oils and create the wise men out of wood.

The gold was orange and yellow glass beads that you normally see in the flower arrangement section of a craft store. This was fun and very easy to put together. You can read the full tutorial HERE.

A Christmas themed Three Wise Men invitation to play with homemade play dough.


This is SO easy and definitely something you can create each year for your tree or as gifts.

An easy recipe for homemade cinnamon applesauce ornaments, a perfect sensory experience for kids.


These 5 quick and easy Advent Calendar Ideas would be the perfect addition to your Advent activities.


These Christmas Alphabet Puzzles from Teaching Mama would be perfect as a holiday busy bag or Advent activity for your toddlers and preschoolers.


Slime has been a huge hit with kids lately and this Stretchy Christmas Tree Slime from The Chaos And The Clutter


My friend Vanessa created this super easy and cute DIY Advent Calendar Craft that would be perfect for your fireplace or mantel.


This is a fun twist on an Advent calendar from Toddler Approved. She created this Christmas Tree Advent Puzzle for her kids. You can use it as an Advent calendar or play a number scavenger hunt or number puzzle with it.


This little Advent Tree Activity from The Imagination Tree is a decorative and easy way to display your Advent activity plans for the month!


If you have a Lego lover, this Lego Advent Calendar will be a huge hit with them.

If you are looking for some great hands-on Advent activity ideas, Truth in the Tinsel is an excellent resource. You'll discover the true meaning of Christmas as you do fun crafts and activities each day of December. Or you can pick and choose which activities you want to do with an alternative schedule that lasts six days. Your kids will love it!

Truth in the Tinsel

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Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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