40+ Advent Calendar Activities for Kids

I shared this list of advent calendar activities for kids a couple of years ago and it was so popular I thought that I had to bring the idea up again, after all what’s not to love – 24 days of fun memory making that you can all enjoy! We’ve done every kind of advent calendar over the years but I love the idea of doing something each day that makes that day a bit special – and with over 40 ideas there’s enough suggestions to match your kids interests and your energy levels (I’ve been there too!) What’s more I’m now including a free printable so all you have to do it cut out an activity for each day and pop it into your advent calendar ready to go.

advent calendar activities for kids

Advent calendar activities for kids

Of course there are lots of things that can affect what you want to do each day – you don’t want to put making reindeer crispie treats on the same day that you know you have swimming practice because life will just become too hectic and you’ll get too stressed. Take into account what your normal calendar is like and plan accordingly, got a busy day? Choose a Christmas story to read at bedtime. Quiet weekend? Go out to see the Christmas lights. Just as important is that you can change your plans from one day to another if you need to, if you get ill then watching a Christmas movie might be all that you are up to doing! The benefit of doing an advent calendar of activities, rather than a Christmas bucket list is that you know what things are on your plan to do but your kid has no idea at all.

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Choose your Calendar wisely

Over the years we’ve done everything from one pound chocolate advent calendars Lego Star Wars and Playmobil advent calendars but the nice thing about these ones to fill with activities is that you can use them year after year so they are an investment and not something that you’ll throw away by Christmas itself.

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, a box big enough to fit a slip of paper and maybe a chocolate coin is absolutely perfect. This hanging advent calendar would be good while this wooden gingerbread house is absolutely gorgeous and the kind of thing you’d look forward to getting out every year, I’ve also got my eye on this because who doesn’t love a beautiful nativity scene at Christmas?!

Don’t forget to print your advent calendar ideas!

You can find a list of all the advent calendar activities at the end of this post that’s ready to be printed so make sure you check it out. I’ve kept it really plain so it will be easy to pick the ones you want.  Don’t have the printer lined up right now? Make sure you bookmark this page or pin one of the images so you have all these advent calendar activities for kids to hand later when you need them.

Want more ideas? My kids love getting in the mood for Christmas too so I’ve also shared a printable list for a month of Christmas activities.

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40+ Advent Calendar Activities for Kids

Read The Night Before Christmas

Make Christmas cards

Decorate the Christmas tree

Make Christmas story stones

Write a letter (or draw a picture) for Father Christmas

Make reindeer food

Decorate Christmas cookies

Make beaded Christmas ornaments

Visit Father Christmas

Colour in some Christmas colouring pages

Make reindeer rice krispie treats

Read the nativity story

Make a snow globe

Buy some food for your local homeless centre

Read Father Christmas Needs a Wee

Make some Christmas suncatchers for your windows

Watch The Snowman

Make Christmas wreaths

Make gingerbread

Make paper plate Christmas trees

Read Stick Man

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 a Christmas tree sensory bin

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

Read The Jolly Christmas Postman

Go to a Christmas Carol service

Hang up mistletoe

Make pine cone bird feeders

Play a family game together

Choose some Christmas sweets (and umm….eat some)

Make salt dough decorations

Make paper plate snowflakes

Create a snowflake sensory bag

Decorate old ornaments with glitter and glue

Watch Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas

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

Advent calendar activities for kids free printable

Click here to get your free printable.

Out now! Countdown to Christmas e-book

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Got tons of ideas then realised you don’t have all the materials or ingredients? I’ve totally been there too which is why I’m so excited about the Countdown to Christmas ebook which is written by my friend Cerys from Rainy Day Mum. Produced as a pdf that you can download to read or print it’s got everything you need in one place to make this Christmas with your kids one that will produce magical memories for years to come.

More Christmas ideas for kids

Have you done any Christmas calendar activities with your kids? Let me know what they loved in the comments below! If you love making Christmas memories with your kids then you might like these ideas for a calendar of Christmas stories for kids, perfect for bedtime snuggles or if you think you might not get the chance to try all the ideas above!

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Or how about making some Christmas story stones! Perfect for making up new stories or for decorating and hiding for people!

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4 Comments

  1. Sarah van de Berg
    7th November 2015 / 2:45 pm

    Ha! Just read your email with a link to this list – just as I’ve been busy making my own! I made a fabric advent calendar last year for our little Button and filled it with ideas like this, as well as a small German straw decoration for each day (which I bought in Lidl).

  2. 30th October 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Wow some great ideas! I’m quite traditional, I only have a paper advent calendar and we light an advent candle 🙂

  3. 31st October 2017 / 12:23 am

    Really loved this post as every year we make our own advent and I am always a little short on ideas and this post has given me plenty

    Thanks
    Laura x

  4. 19th November 2017 / 9:21 pm

    Oh I love this list! So many great ideas 🙂

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