Do your kidlets have advent calendars? I have not started using the bought ones that have a chocolate a day. This is obviously a personal choice. For the last few years I have used a wooden one that is reusable. It had a small ornament but a few easily got lost. Last year I made my own reusable one as Rogey Bear was old enough to get excited about opening the box everyday. I had to have something big enough to hold 2 treats.
I bought some mini brown boxes from spotlight, made up numbers to cut out and glue on. I also found some different pieces of Christmas scrapbooking paper and went to it.
Once complete I made up a list of activities or treats to go inside each box. The activities depended on what we had in store on our calendar. I made sure there was not a lolly or sugar treat in every box. I have attached a free printable of the number sheet and the activities that are going into our boxes.
Advent activities 2
Once they are ready I attach them to the wall with Command strips which seem to work a treat.
The final product looks something like this.
The kidlets are so excited about opening the boxes. Secretly, so, am I.
As the Christmas season creaps up on us, I thought I would repost this from last year. It is a post about an Advent Calendar that you can make with your kidlets. I will be reusing this calendar but perhaps tweaking some of the activities.
Today is the 22nd of November (in case you didn't know) and almost the first day to open your advent calendar.
REPOST: My kids are very excited but I said that they have to wait until after dinner as I know the firts treat are a couple of choclate gold coins. I have carefully chosen treat days and activities to coincide with our bust schedule – kindy and day care days, kindy wind up, day care christmas party, holiday activities and the very long preparation for Gabbylocks's dance concert.
In order to be this organised I had our calendar open and had to first put the dates and day on the Advent Calendar template. This took me sooo much longer than I wantd but in the end it is organised.
As I am a christian and I still want our children to know the true meaning of christmas, we wil be following the christmas story and Jesse Tree throughout Advent. While browsing for Advent ideas I came across another blogger who I have added to my list: www.beafunmum.com has some awesome ides and I expecially loved her Christmas story activities. Open the following link http://beafunmum.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Advent-calendar.pdf to see her ready to go activities. As a busy mum, I do not see the point of reinventing the wheel unless you really want to. I could have gone with a ready to go Advent Calendar but the time spent with Gabbylocks, while darling hubby coaxed Rogey Bear through dinner, was worth it.
I have attached some photos of our special time.
Lots of smiles
Paula 🙂 🙂
I love traditions, whether they are traditions as big as Christmas, Easter and Birthdays, or traditions you have within your home. As our family changes and grows, we improve on traditions to include everyone. Christmas is one of those times of year where traditions can be continued and new ones can be discovered. The Advent Calendar, as in so many homes, has become one of our favourites at christmas. As soon as Gabbylocks was old enough to open the ‘days’she became involved. Over the past 3 years we have had a re-usable wooden one, which has been used differently as our 1st kidlet grew. It went from opening the doors and taking out the little ornament to having the odd extra surprise in some boxes. Last year I left notes that told Gabbylocks we were to do activities, go somewhere special or just eat a yummy treat. This year our Rogey Bear is 2.5 and wants to be involved so our tradition might have to grow further.
Over the past week or two I have been searching for a different Advent Calendar. Thank you to the other wonderful bloggers out there who have shared some of there favourites. I was hoping to make my own this year but time seems to be slipping away from, as it always seems to do. I have given myself a timeline. If I do not have any of the necessary items, to make one, by the weekend, then I may have to resort to our well used one. If we go this way I will be adding some mini scrolls inside each box with a variety of activities.
- Write and post our letter to Santa
- Get a new christmas book – library or bought
- Gather up some toys that are no longer played with and donate to charity
- Buy, wrap and place a present under the K’mart wishing tree
- Go for a drive as a family and see the christmas lights
- Go on a treasure hunt for a surprise
- Make and decorate gingerbread men
- Have a photo with Santa
- Make a christmas decoration
- Watch a Christmas movie
- Write and decorate christmas cards for friends and teachers
- Host a tea party
- Make an ornament nd then give it away to a neighbour
- Donate some items to the local Wish tree
- At dinner, describe what you love about each family member
These are just a few ideas. I would fill the claendar with treats or one of these activities above.
May this be a tradition you continue or introduce into your family.
Lots of smiles
Paula 🙂 🙂
This week I plan to :
- Complete putting up the bought decorations
- Bake the Christmas cake
- Attend Thermomix demonstration for Christmas Food
- Finalise our Christmas present and Card list – including teachers
- Perhaps buy some presents, if time permits
- Do one christmas craft activity with the kidlets
- Begin writing our cards that need to go to Western Australia
- Organise our new Advent Calendar
Just a short list really. How is your planning going?
Lots of smiles 🙂 🙂