I have a really adorable, fun, amazing, ridiculous, energetic, you-get-the-point 3-year-old, K. This is the first year she’s really able to get an idea of what the holidays are all about. And while I love the fun of candies and little gifts in advent calendars, I feel like she’s a little over-candied and -gifted already, and there are so many holiday traditions I’d like to be sure are included in our Christmas prep. And we can always use something new and exciting to fill our days. Aaand I hate to get to the middle of January and think how did we not do *that* before Christmas?
As I was working on our “activity advent calendar”, I thought there may be others out there who would also like to try this. It can be customized to the skills, likes and dislikes of your kids/families, or even for a significant other you want to share some love with.
Here are the directions: (be sure to click on these and zoom to print them full-size)
And the top layer tree:
And the bottom layer that you’ll enter your activities in before attaching the perforated top layer:
Oooohkay. I’ll admit that there may be a candy or toy calendar that could overwhelm me with cuteness and nostalgia and find its way into our hands. But the activities are something I’m really, really looking forward to. Hope you enjoy, and share your activity ideas/feedback. And as soon as I’m finished filling ours in and decorating it I’ll post some photos.