I’ve had an idea wandering around the back of my head for the last week. To make an advent calendar of activities for my kids. Not just giving them the cheapie £1 calendar’s full of chocolates (true fact – my kids demanded and got those in October) but giving them something to do each day. Not to do with promises of good behaviour or anything but just for fun and because I thought, insanely, hey! Why not ramp them up even more for Christmas?!? Then at the weekend my Step-Mum offered me a super cute advent calendar that she’d made with room to pop something tiny in each day and I thought hey, why not? So as I now have to plan some activities I thought I’d share them with you guys in case you fancy giving it a try too! I’ve included over 40 so you can pick or choose what you like; you might not have a Christmas market near you or maybe you’re kids are into different books. I’ve also got some tips for how to make this as stress free as possible, because stress is not your friend in the run up to the festive season. Want something you can print out to help you remember these? Make sure you check out my free printable of a month’s worth of Christmas activities for kids!
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Choose your Calendar wisely
Choose an advent calendar which doesn’t have too big a space to fill because you’ll only feel obliged to pop something big in each box otherwise! This cute stocking calendar is similar to the one my step mum’s made us and will look lovely over a fireplace or something like this wooden advent calendar would be great as you’ll be able to use it year after year. Want to make your own? I love this cute tutorial from Hodge Podge Craft that looks simple enough for your kids to make with you!
Be prepared to change things around
If my kids sleep well then we’ll totally be baking or crafting or something fun. If they’re up at 4am? It’s watching a Christmas DVD. Make sure you can go back in and change the activities round if you need to because it won’t be fun for them if it’s not fun for you either.
Advent Calendar Activities for Kids
Make Christmas cards
Decorate the Christmas tree
Write a letter (or draw a picture) for Father Christmas
Make reindeer food
Decorate Christmas cookies
Visit Father Christmas
Read the nativity story
Buy some food for your local homeless centre
Make some Christmas suncatchers for your windows
Print a bubble wrap snowman
Play with red and green playdough and some Christmas cookie cutters
Drive or walk around your area to look at the Christmas lights
Make mince pies
Make hot chocolates with lots of cream and marshmallows
Dry orange slices and hang them up
Make snow paint
Make some paper chains and hang them up
Go to a Christmas Carol service
Hang up mistletoe
Play a family game together
Choose some Christmas sweets (and umm….eat some)
Make paper snowflakes
Do some snowflake sensory play
Decorate old ornaments with glitter and glue
Cut out some Christmas trees from green card and decorate them with stickers
Make some TMNT ornaments (seriously my kids will love these!)
Go to a Christmas Market
Make a popcorn garland
Want more ideas? Why not check out my list of 24 Stories for a Christmas Book Advent Calendar!
Have you done any Christmas calendar activities with your kids? Let me know what they loved in the comments below!