advent activities for preschoolers: The Truth in the Tinsel

November 25, 2011

I am so excited to share my friend Amanda's new ebook with you The Truth in the Tinsel. It's fun and child-friendly/hands-on way to experience the Christmas story with your kids.

She's done all the hard work for you--all you have to do is gather the supplies and have fun!

The basic idea is that you read a small portion of the Christmas story with your child every day. Then, you make a simple ornament together. (For example, when you read the part about the angels, you make an angel.)

She has a detailed supply list, photos, and step-by-step instructions.

All the supplies are basic items you probably already have on hand such as construction paper, tissue paper, popsicle sticks, etc.

However, the supplies are not that important--in her book she says specifically, "If the craft calls for foam and you only have felt--use that! If it calls for sequins and you only have beads from a broken necklace--use those! The final product is not really the goal. The goal is to get to know the story."

I like that. I'm not going out to buy anything--we are going to wing it with what we have and that will be just fine. We are just going to focus on the story and enjoy the experience of making something together. (There will very likely be A LOT of glitter.)

I also love how she gives you ideas on how to talk with your child about the verses you are reading. She provides a focus and a starting point, and from there, you can take the conversation further.

My hope is that this advent experience will lead to some good conversations with Juliet. I'll be posting a few pictures of our projects throughout December.

If you'd like to join us in this advent experience, you can get your copy of The Truth in the Tinsel right here.

Here's a little more incentive to buy it today: she's offering it at a discounted rate of $2.99 for black friday shoppers!

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