For Christian moms, that question takes on a more urgent tone–what are we going to do to celebrate Christmas that focuses on the Incarnation of Jesus? How can we spend the Advent season expectantly waiting for the birth of Christ? And how can I convey to my kids that Jesus is the greatest gift ever given?
Let’s address those questions! As a part of the Screen Free Activities series here at Thinking Kids, I’ve put together a list of over 100 Christmas activities for kids.
You’ll find links to amazing posts with instructions, printables, and some to fun products. Be sure to pin your great big list of Christmas activities for kids so you can find it throughout the month, and next year too!
Christmas Activities for Kids
- Make this printable Advent Calendar and use the daily Scripture advent readings to focus your family on Christ’s birth!
- Create and give an adorable Nativity Scene craft (and print the free Bible verse cards)!
- Start a new tradition with this really cool Christmas Prayer Countdown Chain.
- Work on an Angels and Shepherds Book craft with these free downloadable printables.
- Do a Bible Brick Challenge from the book of Matthew.
- Let your preschooler work through this printable Nativity Activity Pack.
- Make and give Toilet Paper Roll Shepherds (with free printable Bible verse bases).
- Go through these 5-day Bible studies as a family–there’s one for kids and one for teens.
- Practice sequencing the Christmas story.
- Give birthday gifts to Jesus!
- Focus on service projects and “fill the manger“.
- Work on simple needlework skills with fabulous Three Wise Men Felt Christmas Ornaments (free templates).
- Create a Light of the World candle gift.
- Play with some of these great Learning Tools for Kids.
- Work through The Five Solas: Signs to Follow on the Narrow Path family Bible study.
- Create a Nativity Stained Glass Lantern.
- Do a Birth of Jesus object lesson.
- Put together a felt Nativity story board and have your children tell the story.
- Make these Names of Jesus Advent Ornaments.
- Make a Christmas Story Bracelet and print the Christmas poem.
- Color a free picture (and verse) of the Nativity, or work on a stained glass coloring page.
- Make Christmas Stained Glass Art.
- Read the Crippled Lamb and discuss.
- Play with gold, frankincense, and myrrh playdoh.
- Do a Heroes of the Bible Brick Challenge.
- Work through this Wise Men Visit Jesus lesson (with activities).
- Create a toilet paper roll camel.
- Work on this printable Jesus’ Family Tree Minibook.
- Make these simple Christmas Star of Bethlehem Sand Dollar Ornaments.
- Go through this free printable Names of Jesus Bible Lesson and Nativity Craft Pack.
- Do this Birth of Jesus lesson (and make this super cute craft).
- Create paper tissue wise men.
- Make this beautiful (printable) Nativity Shadow Puppet set.
- Play with a homemade Small World Bethlehem.
- Create this Animal’s Christmas Carol Craft.
- Work through My Christmas Activity Book.
- Gift homemade peg doll angels.
- Create a Names of Jesus Ornaments Poster and work on learning each name.
- Work on these Wise Men lessons and activities.
- Make a Nativity Story Wreath.
- Color this printable Advent Coloring Book.
- Make a DIY Recycled Nativity Scene.
- Work through this Advent activities printable calendar.
- Learn about the Shepherds with fun activities and lessons.
- Work on these 35 free Christmas Nativity Printables.
- Create a beautiful Nativity Chalk Silhouette.
- Make a beautiful paper strip angel ornament.
- Do a Bible object lesson on the nativity.
- Work through this great big list of Nativity Crafts and Activities.
- Introduce a new Advent tradition for your family. Choose one from this big list!
- Print these free Christmas Coupons, brainstorm fun ways to fill them out, and give them as gifts.
- Make a wood peg nativity like this nativity family scene or this peg doll nativity display.
- Read daily from this free Bible Verse Advent Calendar.
- Gift these simple homemade Nativity Ornaments.
- Let your teens work on these awesome Bible Verse Coloring Pages and Devotions Books.
- Do a Christmas word search.
- Read some great Christian Christmas books!
- Help your kids use their own toys to create an exciting Nativity scene, or take a look at this toy scene.
- Create a Textured Art Nativity Scene with your toddlers.
- Make a Bible craft! (Join our Bible Crafts for Kids Facebook group!)
- Use this printable Christmas calendar to make sure every day has a fun activity.
- Start a new tradition with the 12 Games of Christmas.
- Go through a Simple Names of Jesus Salvation Message.
- Memorize a Bible verse.
- I love these printable Names of Jesus ornaments.
- Choose an activity from this printable card set of 60 Advent activities, or check out these Advent ideas.
- Make popsicle stick puppets with cardstock and markers. Act out the Christmas Bible story.
- Hold a gingerbread house playdate.
- Bake and decorate nativity cookies.
- Do some Bible object lessons.
- Read a picture book!
- Put on a puppet play of the Christmas story.
- Make one of these Advent wreaths.
- Find some more fun Nativity coloring pages here.
- Check out even more Christmas children’s books.
- Make a rustic Walnut Shell Manger Ornament.
- Gift these cute homemade Wooden Peg Angel Ornaments.
- Do a Bible object lesson on the shepherds.
- Learn about Saint Nicholas (he was a real person!).
- Make Easy Nativity Story Stones.
- Use one of these great Christmas resources.
- Memorize a Bible verse a day with this printable calendar.
- Plan 25 days of Christmas activities for kids.
- Explore these Old-Fashioned Christmas ideas.
- Sew these adorable felt bird ornaments based on Tomie de Paola’s The Birds of Bethlehem.
- Learn about the Birth of John the Baptist.
- Do some fun Christmas baking with a focus on Christ.
- Make an Advent Window Star.
- Learn about Saint Lucia (this is a big thing for Swedish kids!).
- Make some Popsicle Stick Christmas crafts.
- Read through some of Amy Blevins’ favorite Christmas picture books.
- Create this cute paper plate manger craft.
- Make a nativity ornament based on Margaret Wise Brown’s Christmas in the Barn.
- Do the Christmas Super Hero object lesson.
- Work through the Christmas Salvation object lesson.
- Create a simple Stone Advent Calendar nativity scene.
- Make some Christmas ornaments with your teens.
- Do some Christmas STEM activities.
- Learn about Jesus’ Genealogy.
- Explore these 12 meaningful ideas.
- Print this daily random acts of kindness Christmas calendar and work through it, this printable list, or print these RAK cards.
You can visit Inspired by Family blog for the full schedule of activities.
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Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.