Reposted from our 2006 archives. I believe all the links below work, though I may be able to provide better / updated versions of these links, and will try to do so soon.
We see a lot of search queries in our site meter with folks looking for Advent Wreath prayers or Advent crafts and activities for young children.
While we’ve linked some children and family-oriented resources in our Resource Compilation, not many of them were as helpful as I’d hoped. So I went on a search for a few more resources — especially those that would easily print out on one or two pages.
Here are the some of the best resources I’ve found today:
Crafts and Activites
1) Children’s Advent Crafts and Activities (for pre-school children)
I found this link on the MOPS website. It provides a Bible reading, a craft, and suggested activities for each week of Advent. Very appropriate for Sunday School classes (ages 3-6).
2) CatholicMom.Com’s list of Advent Activities for Children — this spans a much wider age range of children. Loads of Activities Here.
Children’s Advent Prayers for lighting the wreath, etc.:
The Passionist Community has a very nice set of prayers for young children during Advent. Here’s a prayer they offer for using in lighting the Advent Wreath candle each day:
as light comes from this candle,
may the blessing of Jesus Christ come to us,
warming our hearts and
brightening our way.
May Christ our Savior bring life
into the darkness of this world,
and to us, as we wait for his coming.
Here is their list of 4 prayers for each week of Advent.