Christ Centered Advent For Toddlers With Truth In the Tinsel

I love having activities and things to do each day of December and I especially love making sure we focus on the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus’ birth, the entire month as well. Since having kids, December has become a whole new level of fun and I cannot wait to see how our month plays out this year since little miss is older and at such a fun age.

Last year I had activities we did together as well as things I needed to accomplish each day, but this year I wanted to make sure we were focusing our attention on Jesus’ birth so I created an Advent calendar to help us keep track of all of our activities and Scripture.


In addition to our daily activities, songs, and books, I cannot wait to delve into Truth in the Tinsel advent activities. At 20 months, little miss is still quite young to fully understand everything that Truth in the Tinsel has to offer, but I cannot wait to build upon it year after year with her. We will be following and discussing each of the Scriptures that the book follows and may incorporate some of the crafts as well, but in years to come we will certainly be doing all parts.

What I Love about Truth in the Tinsel: (Please note I am an affiliate for Truth in the Tinsel. If you purchase through the links found in this post, I receive a small commission. You can read my full disclosure HERE.)

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1. Everything is based around Scripture. What better way to keep Christ in Christmas than to read directly from His Word.

2. The crafts, although we may not do them all this year, are extremely simple and easy to put together using materials you have lying around your house and every craft is meaningful and is a great reflection activity for the Scripture read that day. Printable ornaments are also available to purchase for only 3.99 if you don’t have the time (or energy because lets face it we are all tired mamas and daddies) to get super crafty.

3. The whole family can get involved. Its not just for the kids. Learning and sharing in those special moments as a family are priceless.

4. If doesn’t take hours upon hours to complete. So if you are running short on time one day its ok. You can still make it work, even if you have to skip a day.

In addition to using the Scriptures found in Truth in the Tinsel, we will be doing at least one different activity a day, reading a different Christmas book (and be honest all the ones from days prior) and singing Christmas songs, as well as having festive snacks and meals the entire month. We will also be working on some handmade Christmas gifts throughout the entire month.

This year’s advent calendar is simple and uses the printable I found HERE. I just printed them on Kraft paper, cut them out, wrote our Scripture and daily activities on the back and then attached them to bakers twine and will hang them up on a decorative hook on our fridge. I was planning to attach them to twine using festive clothespins, but I could not for the life of me find those little buggers so I had to improvise and I am pretty happy with the results.



Here is a peek into what the month of December looks like for us activity wise.  A printable calendar is offered below if you would rather see these activities in calendar form. Inspiration links are provided in the calendar. Please note, I did not include the specific Scriptures we will be reading on the calendar as this is part of the Truth in the Tinsel download. If you are wanting to follow along with the Scriptures, please be sure to go and grab your own copy of the book by clicking on any of the links in this post or by doing so HERE.

1. Get out the felt Christmas Tree from last year; Make Reindeer Footprint Ornament

2. Paint and assemble the rest of Reindeer Footprint Ornament; letters to Santa

3. Christmas Cookie Cutter Painting

4. Wrap some gifts; Erupting Candy Cane experiment

5. Color Christmas Pictures

6. Candy Cane Scented Playdough

7. Make Christmas Cookies: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip

9. Clothespin Fine Motor Cotton Ball Paint Tree Decorations

10. Candy Cane Hunt

11. Plastic Spoon Lightbulbs

12. Breakfast With Santa, Color Christmas Pictures

13. Christmas Themed Playdough Mat

14. MOPS-Play with previous Day Activities

15. Make Christmas Cookies: Raisin Filled

16. Wrap some gifts and create special wrapping paper

17. Prepare for Christmas PJ Playdate Party-Make Sugar Cookies

18. Christmas Cookie Decorating PJ Playdate Party

19. Holiday Christmas Light Tunnel-Go see the Christmas Light Displays in the neighborhood

20. Christmas Playdough Mat

21. Make Christmas Cookies: Reece’s Cup

22. Baby Jesus Handprint Art

23. Christmas Bow & Bell Fine Motor Sort

24. Make Birthday Cake (Blueberry Buckle) for Jesus; Christmas Eve Box; Watch the Grinch

25. Eat Birthday Cake for Jesus (Blueberry Buckle); Read THe Christmas Story; Open presents; Enjoy our day with family

If you click on the picture below, you can get a pdf download  of our activities with clickable links for any activity inspiration. I created this for myself to see it in calendar view, but if you prefer a list view you can just use the list above.

printable calendar of toddler advent activities

We plan  to work on decorating our house and Christmas tree and preparing for the month over the next couple of days. This will be the perfect family activity to get us in the Christmas spirit. You can’t have fun Christmas activities without having a festive hose right?

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