To kick off the beginning of Advent, our elementary children made edible Advent wreaths in class yesterday. They loved them and so will the children in your ministry! (Thanks to one of our awesome leaders, Megan, for this fabulous idea.)
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Donuts with a hole in the middle (any will work but I’d suggest glazed or powdered)
- Green sugar (we used a store-bought one in a shaker bottle)
- Jumbo marshmallows
- Pretzel sticks
- Twizzlers (we used the pull & peel kind), cut into 2-inch pieces
- Paper plates
Assembling the ‘wreath’ is fairly simple to talk children through. Here’s what you’ll have them do:
1. Place a donut on a paper plate. (The donut represents the wreath.)
2. Place the marshmallow in the center of the donut. (The marshmallow represents the center candle.)
3. Sprinkle the green sugar on the donut and marshmallow. Careful…some of our kids were very generous with the sugar.
4. Stick one pretzel stick in the marshmallow and the remaining pretzel sticks around the donut. (The pretzel sticks represent the candles.)
5. Make flames for the ‘candles’ by peeling apart the Twizzlers and wrapping the pieces around the top of the pretzel sticks.
That’s it! A simple (and delicious!) way for children to learn about the Advent wreath.
If you’re looking for more great ideas for Advent & Christmas, be sure to check out my Advent & Christmas Pinterest board.
What fun ways are you bringing the Christmas story to life through food? Share your ideas and pictures below!