I might be biased but I think a story book advent calendar might be one of the nicest things you can give your kids. Your kids get all excited about Christmas, you get to have some time snuggling together reading Christmas stories and making memories and you have the start of a new Christmas tradition that you could do year after year. Today I’m sharing 24 ideas for books that you could include, with some classic children’s Christmas books and some new favourites to find.

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This is a snowman paper plate craft with a difference – it moves and dances around! This fun snowman puppet craft is easy to make and it looks super cute too. It’s the sister craft to the movable penguin paper plate craft I shared a couple of weeks ago and it would be great fun to mix them up too for a fun little winter puppet show.

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You might not want to keep the kids up late for New Year but these New Years Eve activities for toddlers are loads of fun and a great way for them to get excited about the special day during the day time. There’s crafts, sensory play ideas, colouring and even a simple New Years science experiment so there should be plenty enough to keep them busy and happy during the day and hopefully worn out enough for bed time too!

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I promised myself I wasn’t going to share any more Christmas crafts this year but this Santa puppet craft is so cute it seemed a shame not to publish it. You might have to excuse the rather brief explanation though as I am supposed to be making breakfast – oops!

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I’m a huge fan of simple crafts for kids so for me this New Years Eve craft ticks all sorts of boxes – it’s made from a paper plate, which this time of year is the kind of thing I often have knocking around anyway, it’s got a slight educational slant promoting scissor skills and fine motor skills and most importantly it’s sparkly and looks pretty – surely a must for New Years Eve! These would make great decorations for an event too or spinning and playing with them should keep the kids busy for a bit.

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