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and here we are again, nearly the beginning of december, otherwise known as 24 days of trying to think of something nifty to put inside the advent calendar every day!
a lot of bloggers talk about this and wonder what to put inside it. this year i want to avoid putting in candy (as if all the sweet things this time of year weren’t bad enough), stupid little toys or other objects (no more buying useless things that’ll just end up in the landfill) and money (yes, a few times that i just didn’t know what to put in, i just put in small coins). this year will be different because i’ve decided to propose a different fun activity to do together every day that everyone will enjoy!
alex from c’è crisi, c’è crisi has already put together a list of 100 activity ideas for the advent calendar for grown-ups, kidlets or both. i, instead, have decided to take this journey with you day by day, reporting what we do every day. if you suffer from a scarcity of ideas for your kids, i’d love it if you tagged along and did what i do!
and actually, to help anyone who wants to be led by the hand, i also thought i should give you some ideas to start with, seens as the advent calendar is opened in the morning and so you’ll need activity ideas to propose before i manage to post. i’ll add the ideas bit by bit onto my facebook page, so we can countdown together there, too!
first, let me tell you a bit about our advent calendar. i’m quite proud of it! it’s made of 100% upcycled materials (here’s how i made it) and it didn’t cost me even a cent. plus it’s fun and the kids love playing with the pieces. basically it’s a 3-D painted cardboard tree with numbered branches sticking out. kinder surprise eggs (thanks to my nephew, who consumes a frightening amount of the things) that are decorated in different ways hang from the branches. so every morning you look for the number of the date, you open the egg and you find some knicknack or a note with something written on it.
on the 1st day i start with gifts my mother gives me in advance for the first day of december. they’re already wrapped (so i never know what’s in them), so i fold a piece of paper inside the egg with a little map to find the hidden package. during the remaining days i will again put a piece of folded paper inside with hints to what type of activity we’ll do that day.
here are some of the things i’ve done in the past that could work well for your first advent calendar days: (update: and you can find all the activities that I did with my children here)
make cloud dough with flour and oil
be bathtime artists with homemade bathtub paints
create imaginary animals (or whatever you want) with homemade play doh
experiment with the bizarre oobleck
recuperate broken crayons to make new super-colored crayons
invent a sock monster together
make some portrait bookmarks as christmas gifts
i think that’s enough for now…or for the next twenty days! i’ll be back soon with the first days of the calendar and my review of a book that you do not want to miss out on! (update: here is what I did on each day of that particular year’s advent calendar)