Instead of chocolate how about doing something fun together everyday leading up to Christmas? :-)
What you need
- 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)
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:
- Dance to jingle bells
- Decorate the Christmas tree
- Write the Christmas cards
- Make leaf salt dough ornaments
- Choose a gift for a child in need (Christmas Tree Project 2015)
- Visit Santa for a photo
- Dry orange and cinnamon sticks to decorate a wreath for the front door
- Pick out food to donate to your local food bank / toys etc charity
- Write a letter to Santa
- Play pooh sticks
- Make ice marbles
- Finger paint a tree
- Sing Christmas carols outside
- Create natural decorations and hang outside
- Play in the snow / run around in the rain
- Go on a leaf hunt & see how many different colours & textures you can find
- Have a Christmas-themed picnic
- Put up the holiday cards you get in a creative way
- Dance, jump & play in a pile of leaves!
- Go for a Christmas walk (see the lights)
- Bake mince pie cupcakes
- Go on a winter nature scavenger hunt
- Read a Christmas story together
- 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!)
- 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.
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!! ;-).
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