Advent Calendar Activities

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The kids want to have an Advent calendar this year. The only trouble with that is that we celebrate the twelve days of Christmas by opening one package every morning. A couple of years ago when we had an Advent calendar (by Playmobil) it was just too many days of opening presents.

Then today (or yesterday) I received Kids Craft Weekly in my email inbox. This issue had a link to an Advent Activity Calendar from the Kiddley archives. This is it, folks! Essentially every day there is some small-ish suggested activity.

I have made a list of activities, but I need a few more, particularly if the weather is as nasty as it often is. Here's my working list (some are from the list in the link and some are my own):

  1. Paint everyone's toenails
  2. Make hot chocolate
  3. Bake cookies
  4. Build a fort
  5. Have a play bath
  6. Give everyone a wild hairstyle
  7. Go walk in the woods
  8. Take pictures of each other
  9. Play UNO (even Clara plays UNO)
  10. Make a giant picture
  11. Make paper snowflakes
  12. Write letters to far away friends
  13. Make a wind boat
  14. Thank someone for being nice
  15. Make a shining star
  16. Have pancakes for dinner
  17. Make fingerprint people and animals
  18. String cranberries for the tree outside (maybe not a good idea since there is a family of raccoons living next door)
  19. Dress fancy for dinner
  20. Play soccer
What else friends? I need a few more ideas!

We do also light Advent lanterns every night during Advent and we have a liturgy that we say together that David came up with a couple of years ago.


KM said…
Love this idea! Followed the link trail and got some ideas from other people's lists, too.

-make paper chains
-make Peanut Butter Pinecones for birds
-Make salt dough ornaments
-Write a winter poem
-"To brighten someone's day, find toys to give away!"
-Sing Christmas Carols
-Walk/drive around to see Christmas lights
-Fill the table with candles and oil lamps and light them all at once!
-Make origami tree decorations
-Take old towels/linens to the animal shelter
-Practice (anonymous)random acts of kindness
Nancy said…
We did the 12 days of Christmas also - opening 1 gift/day - most people thought we were nuts, but we felt the kids appreciated their gifts much more. Glad to hear someone else does this too.
I like your Advent ideas also.
Mamabear said…
I love this idea! I'm off to find envelopes and ideas! I shamelessly copied this idea onto my blog.

Mamabear said…
A couple I have added so far:

~Making cards for the neighbours in our complex
~Getting our Christmas tree
~Sorting thru our toys and giving some away
~Making teacher presents
Anonymous said…
We are doing something like the same this year--37 days of presents sort of defeats the general goal of making Christmas less about presents, no?

Some ideas I liked that involved even less planning (since 37 days of specific things to do sounds like it could be a little much for me too...):

--getting out the Christmas books
--getting the Christmas tree
--gathering supplies for making presents...

i.e. things are we going to be doing anyway

Hope you are feeling better!

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