- Print the pictures and the date cards. (Use seven sheets of white cardstock for the pictures and seven sheets of color cardstock for the date cards. You can use two different colors for the date cards if desired.) Number the back of the pictures 1 through 25. (For example: Isaiah would be #1, Nephi would be #2, the star and moon would be #3, and so forth.) Cut out the pictures and date cards. (A paper-cutter makes the job go faster.)
- Attach the sign “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” to the top of a poster board or display board and attach the date cards underneath the sign with sticky tack (or purchase a pocket chart and place each date card in a pocket).
- For little ones, slip the matching pictures behind its date card in the pocket chart, or attach the scripture’s matching picture to the back of the date card before attaching it to the poster board.
- Pocket Charts: If you have a pocket chart you can put items matching the scriptures into the back pockets such as a star or angel ornament to put on the tree, a candy cane like the shepherd’s crook, or a story, song, or activity that goes along with the scripture’s topic. Have the children check the pockets for additional fun things to do after reading the scripture. See here for a list of the scriptures so you can arrange what to put in the back pockets
Each day, starting on the first day of December, take a date card off the chart (going in numerical order) and read the scripture together as a family. Have the older children find the matching picture that goes with the scripture and replace the date card with the picture. Have the little ones turn the card around so the picture is showing and then put the card back in its spot if using a poster board, or, if using a pocket chart, take out the date card to display the picture behind it.
(The pictures and idea come from the Friend December 1985.)
Ideas for back pockets:
The 2016 Light the World advent cards could be put in the back pockets. Each card has activity ideas to do each day to serve and love like Jesus.
Day 3: Samuel the Lamanite (story)
Day 7: Mary and the Angel Gabriel (video)
Day 8: Joseph and the Angel (video)
Friend December 1986. Lace up ornaments. Print onto card stock. Punch holes in indicated spots. Lace up and tie ends together.