It’s so hard to believe that the year has flown by again and we are approaching the holidays. I wanted to take the time to share with you some Christmas Advent Calendar activities that I have planned to do with the kids this year.
Holidays Fast Approaching
Last year, I wrote about some Christmas Traditions that you could start with your littles, and at the time Mila was 3. Now, I don’t know about the rest of you but the age difference between 3 and 4 for me was a big deal. I look back at her just 1 year ago and she has grown tremendously.
She really is coming into her own and finding what she likes and dislikes. She is very driven and persistent- which I think are GREAT qualities to have, but it can be exhausting trying to keep up! To get back to what I was saying, the Christmas activities that I had done with her last year were so much simpler.
So this year, I’m definitely taking it up a notch. I want to do as much as possible with her that would be age-appropriate and will keep her engaged. One of the things I was most excited to do with her is to start the tradition of the advent calendar.
Pre-made Advent Calendars
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Now, I know that there is an easy way to do this, which is by buying an advent calendar that is already premade. Stores like Target and Amazon sell a specific type of advent calendars, where you get a different Lego piece or Barbie every day leading up to Christmas. And although I think those are neat, it doesn’t bring that same excitement of the joy of making one yourself.
So this year I decided to have my own advent calendar and customizing what goes in each day. And I think the best part about that is being able to customize it, where each kid gets their own or you can do one for the whole family. Also, some of the ideas that you choose can be used year after year and the kids will not get tired of it!
DIY Advent Calendar
The first thing that you need to do is find an advent calendar. And oh my, do they have so many cute ones. I honestly thing think that was the hardest part for me, was picking one because there literally is so much to choose from. So, I didn’t get 1, I got 2. 😊 The first one I got is an upgraded version of last year’s countdown calendar. Last year I had a little chalkboard to scratch a day off each day.
This countdown is simple by moving the star each day and I liked the fact that this one allowed Keira to move it each day without getting messy (with chalk). The pockets on these are small on these so if you plan to put something in there other than little notes, that may be difficult.
Then we also have a regular advent calendar that has 24 little boxes that can be opened up every day. Here are my favorite advent calendars that can be re-used every year:
The best of all worlds
I decided a mixture of small toys and trinkets, candy and various activities leading up to Christmas. As much as I would like to do an activity every day with two littles, I realized that it just wasn’t possible while working full time. I plan to do a few activities throughout the week and then on the weekends.
Here are some ideas for things you can include in your advent calendar (that are not chocolate) along with your pick of fun festivities:
- Figurine (Lego, LOL Doll, Shopkin, Little Action Figure)
- Nail Polish
- Hot wheels/ or train
- Candy Cane
- Gummy bears
- Key chain
- Finger Puppet
- Doll Accessories
- GLow sticks
- Rubber Stamp
- A dollar
I feel like this is the perfect idea for parents of young kids that will want to do a handful of fun things throughout the month without the kids (or the parents) feeling overwhelmed to do something “Christmas-y” every day.
The great thing about these activities is that most of them, I had already planned on doing, like visiting Santa. To make it easier, you just do a backward count and make sure the big events, like such, will fall on a weekend day and put that activity in the box for that specific day.
Most of the other activities are very simple DIY things that I found raiding the Bullseye Playground section at Target or online. They have so many cute fun things that the kids can don’t cost much. But don’t wait, they run out fast! If you are a frequent Target shopper, you know to get these goods as soon as they put it out! Amazon has some cute kid crafts as well like these:
Advent Calendar Activites: Free printable
If you are unsure of what activities you plan to do with your kids, this is where I’ve made it easy for you. I have put together 36 different activities for you to choose from. You can pick the best 24 that you think your family will enjoy best if you plan to choose an activity each day.
Or you can choose the ones that you know you want to do, and fill the rest of the calendar up with other goodies of your choice. I have created a mixture of activities that kids of all ages (and parents) will enjoy.
Some of these activities come with random acts of kindness that I think is so important to teach our kids, especially at this time of year. That it can’t just be about receiving and making sure that they behave so Santa leaves presents. This time of year is also about remembering to spread kindness and to think about the people who may have it harder than us.
This sheet is ready to go into all your advent calendars! All you have to do is print them out and cut the ones that best apply to your family.
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