Well, it’s finally here. My advent activities post. I know some of you were really hoping to see this last week so you’d have more time to prep. So I apologize for the delay… but sometimes you just gotta prioritize… and sleep is really important for this mama! HA!
I’m super excited for these activities – and I really appreciate the advice that my dear hubby gave me – to not over-do my planning because I don’t want to wear myself out. So, instead of doing a service activity every single day, I included some of our family activities that we were already planning, as well as some super simple things that will take just a few minutes to do so that I avoid burnout. Here are the activities we’ll be doing (though they are randomized on this list since some folks will read this who will be recipients of our projects, and we don’t want them to know what day to expect our good cheer)… feel free to “steal” any of these ideas for your own kiddos!
1st – Make and deliver two snowman neighbor gifts
(UPDATE: link now corrected, sorry!). (This we actually ARE doing on the 1st because you want to get this started EARLY in the month – click the link to get all the info, FREE printables, etc do do this yourself!!)
Make a pretty snow picture for our babysitters.
Bake breads to give to people.
Make a Christmas card for the mailman.
Bake cookies to share. (Daddy’s work, cookie exchange, and other friends)
Go to Target and select one new toy for the toy run.
Participate in the Christmas PJ Toy Run.
Read a Christmas book.
See what happens when we put candy canes in water.
Build a Gingerbread house.
Kid’s Christmas party for Daddy’s work!
Make a special Christmas card and mail to Grandma and Grandpa.
Make a music video singing a Christmas carol and send to Mamie and Pappy and Granny and PawPaw.
Help make cards/stuff baskets of food for hungry families with our MOPS friends.
Make a Christmas card for her MOPS teacher
Deliver Christmas presents at MOPS!
Go visit Santa (as a whole family).
Sing Christmas carols as loud as you can!
Take donuts to the nurses at the hospital.
Bake gingerbread men and decorate!
Go to Sea World and play in the snow!
Take breads and cookies out to the farm.
25th – MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Obviously, you can chose any way to get the point across of what activity you’ll do when. You can write activities on popsicle sticks and draw them out randomly. You can use toilet paper rollers to do all kinds of super cute things (like I originally intended to do – check out my numerous pins here
– but it takes a long time to collect 25 toilet paper rollers!!) Or, you can do what I ended up doing – and put each paper slip in an envelope. I had these kraft round labels already, so I went on the Avery website and designed some simple labels (Click HERE to download your FREE copy of these December labels!
– print on Avery product number 22808, or print on plain paper and cut with a paper cutter in whatever shape you prefer
). I use PicMonkey regularly, and used their designs to create my slips. Then I simply covered clothespins with Washi tape I already had to make a pattern. I removed our artwork from our art wall and used the same wire to hang up the envelopes, and then simply placed a December calendar (artwork I also created on PicMonkey, free download available below) inside our frame where the Picasso quote normally hangs. So when we pull from the envelope, we will also use a dry erase marker to mark off the date on the calendar – part of our math calendar time daily activity.