I decided to make a Christmas Countdown Calendar for my Oldest Son, Isaac. Some Advent calendars include treats, toys or small gifts but I decided I would rather create experiences for each day leading up to Christmas.
Why you ask? I was hoping to make a meaningful Christmas decoration as well as create fun activities for us to do during the holiday season. I remember the holiday season being filled with excitement and anticipation as a child and I want to recreate that for my own children. The month of December is a busy time regardless so I used activities already on our calendar as “the” activity. The activities range from attending the Christmas parade to baking cookies to decorating his room.
- Paper Lunch Bags
- Clothes Pins
- Twine or rope
- Card stock for the Advent inserts
- Paint *optional*
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Step 1: Brainstorm 25 wonderful activities to participate in during the month of December.
Step 2: Write each idea down onto paper with a marker.
Step 3: Label each brown paper bag with a number 1 – 25 (days of the month).
Step 4: Insert each paper with an activity into a bag.
Step 5: Choose a great place to hang your brand new Advent calendar and string the sisal rope.
Step 6: Use office clips or clothes pins to hang each bag onto the rope.
Step 7: Step back and ADMIRE.
Step 8: Try and Explain to your 3-year old that you can only open OPEN per day (Isaac: “Just like my vitamins” Mommy: “Yes only one a day like your vitamins”!
After: The Smith Christmas Countdown Calendar!
Each bag is filled with a piece of paper with (1) activity to enjoy per day.
I love how this turned out and I LOVED the joy on his face when he had the BIG BOY job of hanging each bag on the rope.
What fun we had :).