The Advent season is a time of joy, reflection, and anticipation, and it offers a wonderful opportunity for aged care communities to engage in meaningful activities. This season, we’re excited to introduce a new tradition that combines creativity and Christian spirituality – the Advent Wreath Craft Activity, specially designed for seniors.
The Advent season is a time to celebrate the arrival of Christ, and what better way to do that than by crafting a beautiful Advent wreath? In this delightful craft for seniors, you’ll create your very own evergreen wreath, adorned with four candles, each symbolizing a week of Advent. It’s a wonderful tradition that has been cherished by families for generations, and now, it’s your turn to experience the magic.
As the Advent season unfolds, you’ll gather with fellow residents in the late afternoon, just as families around the world do. Together, you’ll bless the wreath, lighting one candle for each week of Advent. The warm glow of the candles, the sound of Christmas carols filling the air, and the sweet aroma of Christmas cookies and ‘Stollen’ will create a sense of togetherness and holiday spirit that’s truly heartwarming. So, mark your calendars for Advent Day on the 3rd of December, and get ready to craft your way to a joyful and memorable Advent season. This is one of those special Christian activities for seniors that everyone will cherish.
Crafting the Advent Wreath
As the event marks into our hearts, a fun crafting activity will make it even more memorable. Here’s how to create an Advent Wreath with our Seniors in aged care:
- Construction Papers (Green, Purple, Blue, Pink, and Yellow)
Step-by-step Process of the Advent Wreath
1. Take the green construction paper and fold it in half. Then, fold it again from the bottom all the way to the top. You can look at the picture for help.
2. When you unfold the paper, you’ll see a line where it was folded. Use a ruler to trace along this line.
3. After you’ve traced the fold, put a dot on every inch.
4. On each dot, draw a line from the center fold down to the bottom. You can look at the picture for help.
5. Now, when you have all your lines, carefully cut along them until you reach the fold line. Do this again for another line until you see cuts in the middle when you open the whole construction paper.
6. Open up the whole paper and fold the bottom flap. Once it’s folded, put some glue on top of the flap.
7. After you’ve put on the glue, fold the bottom flap all the way to the top flap. Make sure they stick together.
8. Roll up the paper and add some glue to one end. Press it together to seal it. You’ve made a wreath!
9. Now, let’s make the candles. You’ll need more construction paper for this. Get purple and pink paper for the candles and yellow paper for the flames. Take the purple paper and use a ruler to trace three candles. Use the pink paper to trace one candle, making it the same height as the purple ones.
10. Carefully cut out the candle shapes and put glue on the bottoms of each one.
11. Stick the candles onto your wreath.
12. Next, take a small piece of yellow paper and fold it into four sections to create four flames for the candles.
13. Draw a flame shape on the folded yellow paper. Cut it out, and now you have four identical flames.
14. During Advent, each week, glue one flame onto a candle. Start with the purple candle, then add one to the second and third purple candles, and for the last week, glue a flame onto the pink candle.
15. Congratulations! You’ve made your very own Advent Wreath!
You can also watch this video in making your own Advent Wreath.
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