Simpler Advent Bible reading plan

Simpler Advent Bible reading plan

I have just added a simpler option onto the Bible reading plan for our Advent Present Calendar. This is the one I came up with for the younger kids. On the days where there is no package to open, you could write the instructions on a card and put the envelope among the set of parcels.

It might be too late to be useful, but there are only 19 days of activities, so if you are a late starter, you won’t have missed a thing!

This one gives the opportunity to read several stories a couple of days in a row, since repetition is a helpful and enjoyable tool for toddlers. This particular set of activities is for a family with very young children, who also do not use a Bible in their house (but they do have a Big Picture Story Bible). The activity books I have included retell the narratives in really faithful, clear ways, so I was happy to base the activities entirely on those.


Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Chapter 1 “Big Picture Story Bible”

  • What are some things which God made?
  • Open package #1and decorate a room with what’s inside.
  • At Christmas time, the baby we learn about, is the same god who made the stars


Gen 1:31

“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”

God made a very good world, where nothing was broken, and people were always happy with God.

  • What very good things has God given us to enjoy?
  • Open package #2 and enjoy playing together. (tennis balls, sunflower seeds to plant)


Wrap a card with text inside:

Read chapter 2 in the “Big Picture Story Bible”.

People started to believe that God wasn’t really good. People started to pretend that they were the boss. God had said that everything would break and die when people go away from him.

  • When do we pretend that God is not the good boss?

(no package for today)


Wrap a card with text inside:

God had a plan. God would fix his broken, dying world. God would bring people close to him again. God’s plan was to send a special, good king who would never stop being king of everything. That king would fix everything.

  • What things would you like God’s king to fix?
  • Dress up as a king with a toolbelt. Or draw a king with fixing tools.

(no package for today)


God’s special plan took a long, long, long time to happen. After a long wait, the God who made everything, the clever and big God, came into his broken, dying world.

  • Open package #3 and read the first chapter Jesus Christ the Best King of All Publications (JCBKA)
  • Build a place for a baby to sleep.


  • Read the story from yesterday again.
  • Open package #6 (pre cut paper people)
  • Decorate paper people (as characters from the story if you like).


Wrap card with text:

  • Read next chapter, “The Shepherds and the Angels” in (JCBKA).
  • Put baby in the sleeping place you made on Day 5

No package


  • Read story from yesterday again.
  • Open package #8 put on Christmas tree (“Joy” decoration)


  • Open package #9 (Pencil fun book, Jesus’ birth)
  • Read, scribble in it.

DAY 10

Wrap card with text:

  • Read “Simeon, Anna and the Promised Saviour” in JCBKA.
  • Write a letter, or draw a picture for the oldest person in your extended family.

No package

DAY 11

  • Read yesterday’s story again
  • Open package #11 (candles)
  • What in the story might these remind you about?

DAY 12

Wrap card with text:

  • Read, “The Wise Men and their Gifts”

No package

DAY 13

  • Read yesterday’s story again
  • Open package #13
  • Decorate paper stars

DAY 14

  • Open package #14 (star shaped cookie cutters)
  • Some Christmas cooking? Real or playdough
  • When did we see a star in the story yesterday?

DAY 15

  • Open package #15 Wise Men Follow the Starpencil fun book.
  • Read, do

DAY 16

  • Open package #16 The first Christmas Sticker Book

DAY 17

  • Have a special family meal, or picnic
  • Read a story from a childrens’ Bible about what Jesus was like when he grew up. Point out that the baby we’ve been reading about grew into a boy then a man.
  • What do you think you will be like when you grow up?
  • Maybe look at some childhood photos of parents, showing how the same person starts as a baby and changes until they are adult.

When Jesus grew up to be king, he had a special job to do. Remember how God had a plan to fix the whole world and bring people close to him again (Day 4)?

  • For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17

What was King Jesus’ special job?

  • Make crowns
  • Open package #19 to decorate your crown. (sparkly pom poms, glitter glue)

DAY 18

“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36

  • How can we share in King Jesus’ new creation, where everything is fixed?

When we believe in King Jesus (God’s Son), we love him as our greatest, most precious treasure.

  • Open package #20 (little plastic jewels, tree decorations)
  • Decorate the tree. What things do we treasure? What would it be like to treasure Jesus more than anything else?

DAY 19

Pull out the story book, or activity books and revise the story of how King Jesus came into his world. Dramatise some of the story with play dough models, duplo, or dress ups.