Last year, after reading about the idea to create my own advent calendar of activities on the A Peak Inside the Fishbowl blog, I vowed I would do it this year with the kids. December is now fast approaching, so I am posting my list below.
I haven’t done the envelopes yet – I am thinking that will be an activity I’ll do with my son this week – we’ll decorate them with stickers and sparkles! It’ll be a number counting/writing activity at the same time.
This list may change if something comes up. There are a few things that I decided not to include on the list – outings to museums or libraries because we tend to do that during the week anyway etc.Also, we have company at our house from the 18th on and some events in between so I worked my days knowing I’m already committed, plus I had to work it around preschool schedule, library club that we go to etc. I also had to make them age appropriate (aimed at a 3 year old).
I think I found a fun balance of different/special activities that we will all be able to enjoy!!
Thanks to Christine (@litemochamom) and Andrea (@missfish) for some ideas for this list.
1. Write and mail letters to Santa.
2. Paint a paper Christmas tree for the wall.
3. Sing Jingle Bells – get a special chocolate treat.
4. Dessert for supper, supper for dessert!
5. Make hot chocolate.
6. Select 2 toys to donate to other children who need toys.
7. Make a paper snowman for the wall. Play ‘pin the face on the snowman’
8. Make Christmas cards for your friends.
9. Sing Frosty the Snowman. Enjoy a special chocolate treat.
10. Buy a toy and bring it to Toy Mountain.
11. Make paper snowflakes and decorate the windows
12. Bake a batch of Christmas cookies.
13. Go for a drive to see Christmas lights and decorations.
14. Using pine cones, make bird feeders with peanut butter.
15. Make a list of ten things we are thankful for. Hang it where you can see it every day.
16. Play Christmas hide and seek with a Christmas bear! Can you find him?
17. Christmas PJ party! Stay in your pjs all day, watch Christmas shows, read Christmas stories and snuggle!
18. Sing Rudolph. Enjoy a special chocolate treat.
19. Make and enjoy hot chocolate!
20. Make a paper chain for the mantel.
21. Bring Snow in the house to play in a bucket. Put some in the freezer, some in the fridge. What happens? Read the book ‘Snow’
22. Sing We Wish you a Merry Christmas. Enjoy a special chocolate treat.
23. Bake and decorate Christmas cupcakes.
24. Unwrap one present after dinner (mommy and daddy get to pick which one)
25. It’s Christmas Day. Remember you have a family who loves you. And that’s the most important gift of all.
Once we get them done, I’ll post pictures! I think this is such a great way to really savour the month leading into Christmas.
Are you creating one? Would love to hear activities on your list!