Choose your own advent calendar adventure

Instead of chocolate how about doing something fun together everyday leading up to Christmas? :-)

We had a lovely weekend creating our family advent calendar :-)

We had a lovely weekend creating our family advent calendar :-)

What you need

Envelopes, roll of brown paper, index cards, decorating tools... :-D

Envelopes, roll of brown paper, index cards, decorating tools... :-D

  • Envelopes
  • Roll of brown paper
  • Index cards
  • Decorating tools (let your children choose - glitter glue was the #1 choice)

 

Now the fun begins ;-)

1.  Number the envelopes

Anyway you want for each day to Christmas (1-25)

I wrote the numbers then number stickers were spotted.  They then came in handy to identify what day they were for the well decorated ones ;-)

I wrote the numbers then number stickers were spotted.  They then came in handy to identify what day they were for the well decorated ones ;-)

2. Get decorating!!

Anyone in close range has to get involved.  Including visitors that day  ;-)  Let it get messy and take the opportunity to let them use anything they want.  Glitter glue got a work out.

3.  Pick activities and write them in index cards

Come up with an activity to do each day.  Let everyone choose something.  Write them on the index cards.

Here's some suggestions:

  1. Dance to jingle bells
  2. Decorate the Christmas tree
  3. Write the Christmas cards
  4. Make leaf salt dough ornaments 
  5. Choose a gift for a child in need (Christmas Tree Project 2015)
  6. Visit Santa for a photo
  7. Dry orange and cinnamon sticks to decorate a wreath for the front door
  8. Pick out food to donate to your local food bank / toys etc charity
  9. Write a letter to Santa
  10. Play pooh sticks
  11. Make ice marbles
  12. Finger paint a tree
  13. Sing Christmas carols outside
  14. Create natural decorations and hang outside
  15. Play in the snow / run around in the rain
  16. Go on a leaf hunt & see how many different colours & textures you can find
  17. Have a Christmas-themed picnic
  18. Put up the holiday cards you get in a creative way
  19. Dance, jump & play in a pile of leaves!
  20. Go for a Christmas walk (see the lights)
  21. Bake mince pie cupcakes
  22. Go on a winter nature scavenger hunt 
  23. Read a Christmas story together
  24. Bake a treat to leave out for Santa and practice peeling carrots to leave out for the reindeer
    Make reindeer food to leave out on christmas eve (porridge oats mixed with edible glitter - scatter over garden and birds come and eat it so the kids think reindeers have been!)
  25. Go on a present hunt

Share your activities too, we'd love to see what you come up with

4.  Create your calendar

Roll the brown paper out and get sticking.  Stick the envelopes in numeric order with Christmas at the top.  Decide what activities you will do each day (put an activity index card in each).  Remember you can switch it up as you go.

Then hang up your masterpiece.  We stuck ours up with pins and sticky tape on our living room door.

Our masterpiece ;-)  Leaves to be added...

Our masterpiece ;-)  Leaves to be added...

 

5.  From 1st December choose your own adventure

From 1 December let your children take turns opening the envelope each day and do the activity together.  You can move cards around as you go.  Snow day = build a snowman no matter what activity it's supposed to be (the Christmas card writing can wait!! ;-).

 

Disclamer

I do love a craft table ;-)

I do love a craft table ;-)

To be honest I was worried my kids would be bored after decorating the first envelope.  Maybe it was pure luck but they got right into it.  Our whole table was covered with decorating materials and we all had fun making it together.  We were all proud of our creations :-)  

Looking forward to the December 1st and opening each envelope.

Little Forest Folk