Where has the time gone? It’s already almost advent season! In a few short weeks my family will be celebrating my hubby’s birthday, Tobi’s birthday, Christmas with 3 sides of family, New Years, our anniversary..with a newborn baby due sometime in the midst of it all.
I’ve been thinking about what type of advent countdown to do with the kids. So, of course, I hit up Pinterest.
Here are some of the ideas I’ve found that look great for kids. Each image that isn’t my own is linked to the blog post it came from.
Last year, I made a magnetic Christmas Tree advent countdown. I glued scrapbook paper onto a cookie sheet that I got from the dollar store, and made circle ornaments that I numbered. I glued a magnet onto each ornament and the kids could stick them onto the tree. I’m not sure if I’ll use this again this year since the baby is likely to try to eat the ornaments.
This is a very easy-looking calender that the kids could help make. The site it is on isn’t in English, but I think the picture is enough to go by. You could fill each day’s tube with candy, a Scripture verse, a small toy, etc.
Here is another great family advent calender. A bunch of cards are made with different family activities.
Here is another family activity calender idea using matchboxes. You could also include Scripture verses.
Here is a tutorial for a super creative and super cute advent calender. The blogger used a mini muffin tray (that conveniently has 24 cups!) and magnets.
One blogger posted 2 ideas, and I love both of them. The first advent calender is in stocking-form. Each stocking has 3 slips of paper in it; a Scripture verse, a family activity, and a service (such as brushing the snow off a neighbour’s car.)
The next activity is a Christmas book advent. She wraps up 24 Christmas-related books (including ones that the family already owns) and the kids can unwrap one each night to read together.
This last one is the one I think we might do this year. It’s a simple paper chain with 24 links, and each link has a Scripture reference on it. If the kids are helping you make it, they could also write a name of a person to keep in prayer that day. The blog post linked to the picture also has a link to a printable of the paper chain links all ready to go with Scripture references on them, as well as a tutorial. I was thinking of doing a paper chain advent calender to start with, so I’m really excited to have found this post!
Does your family have an advent tradition? Please share!