This cute Advent Candle craft is very easy for young children to make and it turns out really cute. They love the little faces on the candles.
A bit about the Advent Wreath: Advent is a Christian holiday that is basically part of Christmas. It begins on the Sunday nearest November 30 -- the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle. It lasts four Sundays. The Advent wreath comes from the folk traditions of northern Europe, where people lit candles on circle-shaped wreaths of evergreen. The three purple candles in the Advent wreath symbolize hope, peace, and love. These candles are lit on the first, second, and fourth Sundays of Advent. The pink candle symbolizes joy and is typically lit on the third Sunday. Sometimes there is also a fifth white candle that is lit on Christmas day and symbolizes the birth of Jesus (I didn't include this one on the craft -- instead I have a white bow).
- something to color with
- Print out the template of choice (color or B&W)
- Colour or paint the template pieces.
- Cut out the template pieces (may require adult assistance).
- Glue the candles onto the base. (You can glue one on each Sunday of Advent -- the pink one goes on the third Sunday)
- Finish it off with the white bow.
- You can add the child's name and the year onto the back.
- You can glue this craft onto large butcher paper or plain wrapping paper to make personalized gift wrap or onto the front of a large piece of construction paper to make a card.
- Close template window when done printing to return to this screen.
- Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).