Activity Advent CalendarThis year we are starting a new tradition – the Christmas Activity Advent Calendar. I started out by making the advent calendar from my trusty mini muffin pan and covering each opening with a magnetic circle. Each activity will be inside the muffin tin!
2 Magnetic sheets (I purchased these from Hobby Lobby)
Mini Muffin pan (I used a Wilton brand)
Decorative Christmas paper
Numbers 1 – 24 (I bought this super cute stamp set from Stampin Up for the advent calendar. Any fun number stickers would work like a charm though.)
The first step is to cut out circles. I used a 2 1/2 inch circle punch and simply punched out circles from the magnetic sheets and the decorative paper.
The next step is to make little magnetic sandwiches.
The first layer is the magnet, then the paper circle, a decorative shape if desired, and then the number.
Here is my finished product!
I added an extra magnet for Christmas day at the bottom of the muffin tin but it needs no specific activity.
Here are the activities I have planned for the month of December. I found these on various sites around the internet just by Googling “Activity Advent Calendar”. I plan on keeping a master list handy so I can plan for the next activity and can make changes if necessary.
The activities will simply be cut out and tucked behind each magnet.
1 Help make a snack for your preschool.
2 Bake a fun dessert for the family
3 Cut out snowflakes
4 At dinner, describe best what you love best about each family member.
5 Go shopping with mom and buy a gift for someone from the giving tree.
6 Make a gingerbread house
7 Buy new pjs for Christmas
8 Make a paper garland chain
9 Donate food to the food bank
10 Make Christmas ornaments for family
11 Help mail all the gifts to family
12 Go out for gelato
13 Decorate pinecones with pom poms
14 Have lunch with Daddy
15 Buy a new book about Christmas
16 Write a letter to Santa
17 Ride the Polar Express!
18 Make pumpkin pancakes for dinner
19 Listen to Christmas Music during dinner
20 Deliver Christmas gifts to the neighbors.
21 Christmas movie night
22 Decorate sugar cookies
23 Drive around to see the Christmas lights
24 Read the Christmas Story from the Bible
I would love to hear about any activities you would recommend for the month of December. Please leave a comment below!