I try and steer away from the chocolate or gift versions of the advent calendars instead since my children were little we have made it an effort to spend time together as a family.
Our Storybook Advent an annual event that you can sign up for at ANY point during the year runs for 24 days every year with activities, crafts and more. However, if you are looking for something different then this Activities Advent maybe just the thing.
Why not sign up for your own Activity Cards which you can print out and inspire you with activity ideas for you and your toddlers and preschoolers to do this year.
You could always create a snowman advent calendar and place the activities inside each of the envelopes and then choose one a day to do as a family.
Some of these suggestions need a little planning so you could work out in advance which days you are going to do each one.
So here’s our 24 Advent Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
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- Go and choose a Christmas Tree -> Read our top tips for choosing your families real Christmas Tree
- Decorate a Tree in the Garden with food for the birds – you could make these easy suet balls perfect for kids as there is no heating involved.
- Create a plate for Santa Claus
- Take Mince Pies to our Neighbours
- Walk in the dark looking at the Christmas Lights
- Late Night Shopping to see the town light displays
- Set up our Nativity
- Pre-school Nativity Play
Out Now! – Countdown to Christmas Ebook
When life gets hectic in the lead up to Christmas wouldn’t it be great to be able to spend a little time with the family creating gifts for others, food to enjoy together and traditions that make magical Christmas Memories?
But what actually happens is you spend hours searching through Pinterest looking for ideas and realise halfway through saying you are going to start that you have only 1 thing on the materials list!
I’ve been there!
So that is why we’ve put together our 24 favourite Christmas Activities, Crafts and Recipes with full materials lists and step-by-step instructions so that you have everything at your fingertips.
Produced as a PDF you can download, print and use these ideas throughout the festive season with your children and families.
Find out more as we share with your our Favourite Ways to Countdown to Christmas.
- Salt Dough Ornament Creations
- Make Gingerbread Snowflakes
- Decorate a Gingerbread House
- Take toys to the Children’s Charity
- Go and hunt for Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe the 3 plants of Christmas
- Make a Yule Log
- Sing Christmas Carols by Candle Light
- Visit Santa
- Make An Angel for the top of the Christmas Tree
- Make Paper Chains to decorate the house
- Deliver Christmas Cards by hand locally
- Make Christmas Cards
- Write to Santa
- Read the Night Before Christmas
- Watch Christmas Movies
- Make gifts for Family and Friends you could make these Sugar Plum Fairy Gift Tags with your child to use.
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Fun Advent Calendars for your Toddlers and Preschoolers
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If you are looking for something to share with the children this Christmas then the Fisher Price Nativity Set is great as you can add the characters to the scene as you countdown to Christmas.
Feeling creative then get this downloadable Nativity Advent Calendar to sew out of felt and reuse year after year.
Get a personalised Advent Calendar that your child can use year after year and you can fill with what ever you want. We have one that my mum made our family when we got married and instead of filling with chocolates we fill the pockets with ornaments to decorate our small Christmas Tree. It’s been a favourite tradition with my children since they were very young.
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