As Christmas of My Make Do and Mend Year approached a couple of years ago, I had a rant about advent calendars, and blogged about my idea for doing an activity each day with the Smalls.
I totally LOVE this idea, probably more than the kids do. They have been bought Lego calendars by a relative, which I am sure will be a billion times more exciting than my attempts to step away from consumerism, but I am determined to persevere with this idea!
So for anyone else wanting to do a similar thing, here is my list of 24 Advent Activities for you to pick from if you’d like 🙂
I’ve tried to vary it a bit from last years, but some of these things are becoming tradition.
(I know it’s probably too late now, but if you are still wanting a homemade Advent calendar, then there are 35 here from The Crafty Crow , or there are 5 toilet roll advent calendars here from The Multi-tasking Mummy)
1) Write a letter to the big man, Father Christmas
There are loads of templates on line, like these ones here from Family Fun.
We get them to put theirs in the (unlit) log burner before bed, and then liberally sprinkle glitter around the hearth ready for them to discover the next morning
Or there are these fingerprint ones from Hands on as we Grow
3) Felt tree decorations
I have a horrible feeling I have just given away all our felt scraps, but if I can find some more, these ones from Kidspot look do-able!
4) Make orange and spice playdough
This playdough from NurtureStore sounds like it will smell delicious!
5) Make Christmas biscuits
If you want to, you can make a double batch and freeze half ready to have nearer to Christmas. This is my favourite recipe here
6) Decorate the biscuits
Abandon all ideas of sophisticated, under-stated Scandi-style chic and let them go crazy with the sprinkles
8) Go to the library and stock up on Christmas books
9) Make a handprint wreath
I spotted this on the Nurture Store, and looks really cute!
10) Make/decorate your own wrapping paper
We have a roll of brown paper at home that we picked up at the scrapstore. I’m planning to use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of potatoes and let them go crazy with paint… I may regret this…
Or this fingerprint reindeer wrap from The Crafty Crow looks very cute
Or this cookie cuter paper is another great idea from NurtureStore
Or this Lego printed paper from No time for flashcards
11) Yarn decorated ‘baubles’
-from Hands on as we Grow
13) Make teacher presents
-I am planning a variation on these chocolates here on NurtureStore
14) Make mince pies
Again, you may need to forget about the aesthetics of your mince pies and be happy with ‘rustic’
15) Watch a Christmas movie
Pile on the sofa with some popcorn and a big blanket to snuggle under
16) Go for a bike/walk around town and marvel at the Christmas lights/decorated houses
Hot chocolates upon your return are obligatory.
17) Make paper snowflakes to tape up on the windows
You remember, the ones where you fold a piece of A4 into 4 and then cut out shapes…!
18) Decorate the tree
Last year BigSmall had his own tree (a twig in a pot…) to decorate, so that we could leave our tree unadorned!
19) Make/decorate a gingerbread house
My friend made two last year, and then invited us round to decorate them. I feel like I should return the favour!
There are instructions here from the BBC Good Food site for making your own, or I think you can buy kits ready to assemble and decorate.
20) Some kind of toilet roll craft…!
There are some great ideas in this post here on Red Ted Art
21) Build a lego Christmas ornament
I saw this on Frugal fun for boys, and know that my boys will love it!
I just googled Lego Christmas ideas, and there are loads of things to have a go at (some look easier than others…)
22) Egg carton trees
How cool are these from Mermaid’s Makings?
23)Decorate a plate for Father Christmas
In the past we have done this with ceramic paints and white china plates, but I think this year we might go with good old paper plates
24) Put out the stockings, and any signage you may have to indicate that Father Christmas needs to make a stop. Don’t forget the mince pie and the carrot
If this wasn’t quite enough, check out this fab post from No Time for Flashcards, with 25 Christmas books, each with a craft to match them-what a brilliant idea!