Our Advent Activity Calendar!

Having two birthdays (mine and Alfie’s) happening, and Alfie’s birthday party to organise, I’m a bit late on my posts!
Never the less, we’ve got a great advent ‘calendar’ going on! I found a lovely garland of woollen socks in a garden centre – and fell in love! πŸ˜‰

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So every day I’ve been filling it with something..

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Though the socks havn’t been filled with ‘things’ – they’ve been filled with ‘Christmas jobs’, activities and occasionally a little treat. And each day there’s a special note written to the kids telling them what to do…

On the first day it was important to light the first candle of Advent. This was Leon’s job..

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…along with hanging up our winter bird feeder with food for the birds. Maya’s job was to hang up the star…

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…and Alfie’s was to give out a chocolate Santa to each child in the family..

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Teddy had to find and set out all the Christmas cuddly toys (we have a few!) – and then each and every child had to find 5 items from our Christmas boxes that they really like, and decorate the house with them. πŸ™‚

There have been other activities, such as bake gingerbread cookies…

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….make Christmas cards..

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…or write a letter to Father Christmas…

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Included with each special note is a tiny item to go with the ‘job’ or ‘activity’… a tiny gingerbread man cutter for the baking, Christmas stamps for the letters to Father Christmas, collage stars for the Christmas cards. On days when we are very busy, or have a celebration, such as Alfie’s birthday or his party, they’ve just had a “celebrate” note with a small sweet treat… and one time I included a sachet of chocolate powder for each child and some mini marshmallows to share, and wrote for them all to make hot chocolate for each other! πŸ™‚
So far this activity advent calendar has been very well received! I just need to remember to do it every day!
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