Thursday 3 December 2020

Our Family Advent Calendar Activities

I was a little delayed in making an advent calendar for the kids, but late better than never. An advent count the days in anticipation of Christmas, and we have included some treats and activities in our calendar. We did up to 25 days instead of 24 days. More fun!

And we made it out of toilet rolls.

Our advent calendar

1. Wrap the rolls with wrappers. I did it because I didn't like its raw look. I had an old nice calendar that I could tear and wrap. Up-cycled that instead. 

Wrapping the rolls!

2. Cover one of its openings with soft tissue wrapper and sealed it with yarn. The other opening is for inserting the treats and activity slip. 

Soft tissue wrap and yarn

3. Insert treats and activity slip from the other end of the opening. You may put them in a small plastic or wrap them small enough to fit in the roll. So that it doesn't slip out easily. 

Treats and activities

4. Find a best fit box that can fit 25 toilet rolls nicely. I sourced mine by cutting off the bottom of a box, with a side height of about 4 cm, to allow me to hold and put the calendar upright. Remember to write or paste the dates!

Almost there!

5. Colour and decorate the base box if you like to! We painted it red and green.

Counting down to Christmas!

Here are the activities I've included in each roll, for each day.

1. Read together for 15 minutes
2. Share one thing we love about each other
3. Play a board game together 
4. Watch a Chinese drama!
5. Let's do leaves painting
6. Write a letter to each other
7.  Sing karaoke - Popsical
8. Make a Thankful jar
9. Share about a favourite book
10. Lego master competition
11. Teach our dog a new trick
12. Bake and decorate cookies/cupcakes
13. Fix a 500 pieces puzzle together
14.  Make a pinata
15. Play hopscotch
16. Make fruits chocolate fondue
17. Indoor candy cane hunt
18. Watch a Christmas movie
19. Create a Christmas popsicle flavour
20. Play water gun/balloon
21. Do an indoor picnic
22. Let's go ice skating
23. Draw an imaginary character for a story
24. Go for a walk nearby
25. Play charades 

December is a happy month, it's important that we keep the activities light and easy. With little or no preparation work for the mama, me. Everyone deserves an easy wind down towards the tail end of the year. 

Have a great time with December!