I know we should have done this before but Advent is one of those times of year where kids are forgiving and things always take longer than you are expecting. That being said the blog world is bursting with beautifully crafted advent calendars. Have a look at Whip Up, One Pretty Thing and the Crafty Crow. The thought of buying se7en + 1 advent calendars stuffed with candy sends me reeling in anxiety. And while I could craft for months in advance the most fun we have had are those thrown together last minute plans…
So here is our calendar in Se7en Steps:
Step 1: We used a shopping bag (we needed a large piece of background – use whatever you have!) and some envelopes (and if you have done your Christmas cards then you should have some envelopes left over!!!)
Step 2:Seal your envelopes and cut them in half.
Step 3: Cut a triangle out of the front of each envelope and line them up on your shopping bag. We had to cut our bag open to fit all the envelopes on it…
Step 4: Then all the hoods drew a couple of houses…
Step 5: We stuck our houses onto the bag…
Step 6: Then we added some Christmas trees to make it look a bit more Chrismassy!!! How would we live without potato prints!
Step 7: We added street numbers to our village.
We popped two extra pockets onto our calendar – one for wishes and one for tasks.
And we were done.
Let’s get on with the stuffing it: This is the part that is fun for me. We stuff our calendar with so many things to do that we can hardly get through them but we sure can have fun trying!!! To prevent any peepers I gather my resources in one place and then pop the goodies for the day into the pocket the night before.
Se7en things we pop into our advent calendar:
- Wishes: We brainstorm this together, these are the outings our kids would like to do, the crafts they would like to try and recipes they may want to tackle… anything goes, it all goes into the pile and we try and get through them all. Well the realistic ones – no trips to the moon, but we can try the beach and ice-creams!!!
- Tasks: We have what we need to get tackling those gifts… and if we make a list and schedule them into our calendar they stand a good chance of getting done!!!
- Jokes: My kids love jokes and riddles… print them out and stuff a couple into the envelope of the day.
- Game: Last year we managed a different board or card game a day for the whole of advent… We don’t play a lot of board games, we tend to forget they exist… but if I sit and play with my kids they tend to go off and play for weeks afterwards – they just need a bit of a boost!!! And this is the best time to do that… If it is scheduled for the day I fit it in, but otherwise never get around to it!!!
- Craft: I try and do a really simple Christmas craft everyday all the way up to Christmas. Last year we did the Crafty Crows Christmas Book Crafts – it was such fun and we will definitely be making some of those crafty delights again this year. Otherwise there is Family Fun, Kaboose, and Activity Village that are packed with ideas.
- Jesse Tree: We did this last year and we will do it again this year. And we like to do a Christmas Carol day (from ctraleigh.org).
- Online Advent Calendars: these provide heaps of things to do and I just love clicking on them:
- Activity Village,
- I love Woodlands-junior, go and look at this site for heaps of fun!
- Online coloring Advent Calendar from Kented.org.uk
- Liverpool Museum even has one with Christmas artifacts to look at…
- Kireei has a beautiful piece of eye-candy along the top of their site for Advent.
- And I love this musical Christmas from sigridhaas,com that I found, many thanks to mermeladadenaranjasamargas.blogspot.com
I would love to go on… but need to start the day already!!!
So that’s us – Have Fun!!!