I LOVE Christmas and I LOVE advent calendars! This year I decided to do something different for my 3-year old daughter. I made a scratch-off activities advent calendar with scratch-off stickers. I made it super simple, since it's going to be used by my 3-year old, and made it for only 12 days. Since I have circular scratch-off stickers, I am going with a Christmas tree theme to blend in like ornaments. You can order scratch-off stickers from multiple sites on the internet.
Create your calendar: I folded a large piece of construction paper in half and drew half a Christmas tree. (You could do whatever kind of picture you'd like. You could cut the stickers into any shape you'd like too.)
I opened my paper and then I actually ironed it out a bit because I don't like the fold down the middle. If I were a better artist I wouldn't have a fold at all. ;)
I used a stencil to plot out my activities that will be covered by the scratch-off stickers and wrote out the actual activities with a pen.
Cover the activities with scratch-off stickers. You could number the stickers if you have specific activities that you'd like to be revealed on certain days.
Decorate! I wanted to make this calendar super cute with decorative scrapbook paper and all sorts of cute embellishments but it's going to be used by my 3-year old.
We ended up with this simple tree using ornament stickers instead.
I can't wait to see what will be revealed!
Here are some activity ideas for kids:
- Build a snowman
- Watch a Christmas movie
- Decorate gingerbread houses
- Bake and decorate sugar cookies
- Visit a neighbor or friend
- Write a letter to Santa
- Go sledding
- Visit Santa at the mall or other location
- Make an ornament or pick out a special ornament that represents a special occasion from this year
- Sit by the fire and play a game
- Have an indoor snowball fight
- Do something nice for someone else
- Reenact the nativity
- Go to a Christmas tree lot and find the "perfect" tree
- Read the Christmas story from Luke 2
- Donate an old toy or book
- Check out some Christmas books at the library
- Make paper snowflakes
- Send a special Christmas card to someone that might need some extra holiday cheer
- Take a Christmas Train ride
- Read your favorite Christmas book
- Go see Christmas lights
You could also make a special advent calendar for your spouse to spice things up for the holidays. Along with other activities that you've already thought about, here are some extras:
- Take a picture of yourselves together to remember this year
- Make a Christmas wish list together (pretend that money doesn't matter)
- Back massage
- Watch an old Christmas classic
- Bake your favorite holiday treat
- Browse books at the bookstore (check out vacation spots in magazines)
- Have an indoor snowball fight or outdoor snowball fight
- Build a unique gingerbread house/building/landmark together
- Relax in the tub with your favorite drink
- Foot massage
- Sit by the fireplace and sip hot chocolate or play a game
- Send a Christmas card to each other
- Sculpt something with snow
- Send a letter to Santa about the other person
- Go ice skating
- Go sledding by sitting in large black trash bags instead of using a sled.
- Go see a local performance of "The Nutcracker"
Have an activity idea? Please share!