Mini envelope advent calendar 3.
Paper chain advent calendar
4. Origami cup advent calendar
5. Advent activity ideas
Welcome to another issue of
Kids Craft Weekly! I'm very excited to bring
you a whole newsletter about crafty advent calendars because they are
one of my favourite things about the festive season.
calendars are a great way to help kids understand how long they have to
wait until Christmas. Instead of purchasing a calendar that
the usual sweets or trinkets, I want to urge you all to make your own
advent calendar this year
that includes a fun family activity for each day from December 1
– 24. Kids of all ages will love this!
We started making our own
advent activity calender four years ago now
and I have to say the whole experience has completely transformed the
lead-up to Christmas for our family. The kids love doing something a
little special or different each day and I've found that tailoring the
actvities can really make this increasingly commercial time of year a
lot more meaningful.
So what do you say? Are you up for the challenge? To get started simply
have a look through the ideas in this newsletter and choose a calendar
that best suits your family. Alternatively, come up with an idea of
your own! Advent calendars don't have to be difficult or elaborate and
if you start now you've still got two weeks to get
If you'd like to see some additional advent ideas then you should grab
a copy of the Christmas
Craft printable mini-book because it has heaps of great
advent crafts and a whole page of cut-out activity suggestions. It also
has a stack of other great crafty Christmas ideas that make it well
worth the $6 cover price. Plus, it's a fabulous way to support Kids Craft Weekly
which is completely free all year round.
For more fun, pop over to the Facebook
fan page to talk advent calendar ideas and activities with me
and the Kids Craft Weekly community. And a headsup: there will be
PS.Card swap sign-ups
close in a little under 24 hours so this is your last chance to get
involved in a fabulous annual tradition of the Kids Craft Weekly
community. Emails with details of how to retrive your swap partners
will be sent out over the course of the next week so keep an eye out
envelope advent calendar
is a really simple and cute advent calendar. We've used potato prints
to decorate the envelopes but you could make it even more simple by
buying some Christmas stamps or stickers and letting your little ones
go crazy with the embellishments!
You will need
• small envelopes
• stickers or paint to decorate
• miniature pegs
• advent activities, sweets or trinkets to put inside
1. Decorate some miniature envelopes using potato prints or stickers.
Whatever you choose to do, keep it simple as you will have to repeat it
2. Number the envelopes from 1
to 24 and enclose an advent
activity and a sweet or trinket in each envelope.
3. String some colourful string along a wall or mantle and use mini
pegs to hang the envelopes from the line.
chain advent calendar
is the advent idea
that we are going to use this year. It's a great way to recycle old
artwork and provides a visual guide to how many days are left until
Christmas. The downside is that it's not very easy to switch activities
around at the last minute which is something that I have tended to do
in previous years. I'll let you know how we get on!
You will need
• colourful paper or old artwork
• white stickers
1. Cut some colourful pieces of paper into long rectangles.
Write your advent activities on the back of each of the rectangles,
then fold the rectangles in half, longways, so that only the coloured
side is visible.
3. Using a stapler, make a paper chain from each of the lengths of
Remove one of the paper chains and read the advent activity inside on
each day in December. The kids will love to watch the chain get shorter
and shorter as Christmas approaches.
cups advent calendar
made this lovely origami cup calendar for our 2006 activity advent
calendar and it was a big hit. The folding did take a while though so
make sure you have plenty of helpers!
You will need
• origami paper
• stapler • advent
activities, sweets or trinkets to put inside Directions
1. Fold some origami paper into simple cups. Look here for instructions
on how to fold an origami cup. Staple on some ribbon to make a handle
then number the cups from 1 to
24 and enclose your advent activities plus some sweets or trinkets.
2. Pin the cups to a notice board or to some wood or hang from a
This was definitely the most attractive advent calendar that we've ever
made. The little origami cups looked gorgeous hanging on our old broom
handle – a real visual delight!
Some advent activity ideas
are a few ideas to get you thinking about what activities you
might like to include in your calendar. A smart way to plan
advent calendar is to pull out your diary and include pre-scheduled
events and activities (such as 'go to the school Christmas concert') in
your advent calendar so that you don't wind up with too much to do on
any given day.
everybody's toenails in Christmas colours.
Set up the
Christmas cookies and decorate them.
present to give to charity.
picnic for dinner.
Go out to
look at Christmas lights after dark.
letter to Santa.
somewhere special for dinner.
ice creams after dinner.
Christmas movie before bed.
will find all these advent ideas and more along with a full page printable list of
activities and numbers in Christmas Craft
– the Kids
Craft Weekly printable book. You can buy
it now and start
working on your advent calendar within five minutes!
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