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Printable Christmas activities for advent

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Printable Christmas activities for advent calendar

I am so excited about having an advent calendar this year! Last year I was thinking of activities last minute and shoving them in the doors when the kids weren’t looking. But this time I’ve got a plan! And I’ll share it with you.

I’m adding a few new things to our Christmas activity list. I thought it might be fun to take the kids to pick out their own presents for family members at the dollar store. I’m also going to let them decorate their own rooms with lights, paper snowflakes and their own crafts.

One more thing. I’ve read about throwing Jesus a birthday party with cake and balloons. That would be fun Christmas day in the afternoon when we’re all staring at each other! Kids love a birthday party and this is a great way to keep the focus on Jesus.

Christmas activities for advent calendar - decorate the tree

Christmas activities for kids

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Christmas activities for advent calendar - paper snow flakes

Advent means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. We’re counting down the days until we celebrate Christ’s birth — the most notable person of all! Here is what is written inside our little advent house. I tried to think of activities that work for all ages, young and old, so we can do them together over the years!

Printable list of kids Christmas activities for your advent calendar

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If you would like a list without the numbers so you can go in any order click here.

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Print activity sheet, cut into strips and place inside advent calendar for a month of Christmas activities

Here are some giving activities to do with the kids in addition to the advent calendar. Because, let’s face it, if your kid pulls “donate your toys” out of the calendar it might be a little bit disappointing. Some of these things will take finesse, but they are very much worth it:

  • Buy presents or donate toys for children in need.
  • Go to grocery store or look in the pantry for food to donate to local food bank.
  • Volunteer at a food bank.
  • Do a chore for an elderly neighbor.
  • Send a soldier a care package.
  • Take some goodies to the fire station or hospital ER desk.

Do you do an advent calendar? What are your family holiday traditions?

More activities

Have you seen these felt Christmas trees for kids? I made it mostly for Clara, but the boys are actually playing with it more. I am really, truly surprised because I had zero expectations. For the tree, I bought a yard of green felt for $3 at Hobby Lobby (after online coupon), and used about five sheets of 8.5x11 felt I had in my fabric drawer for the ornaments. I hung the green triangle on the wall with command strips and postal tape. I'm waiting for the little one to rip it off the wall, but so far so good. Look it up on Pinterest for a more thorough tutorial. There are a bunch of amazing ideas.
Have you seen these felt Christmas trees for kids? I made it mostly for Clara, but the boys are actually playing with it more. I am really, truly surprised because I had zero expectations. For the tree, I bought a yard of green felt for $3 at Hobby Lobby (after online coupon), and used about five sheets of 8.5×11 felt I had in my fabric drawer for the ornaments. I hung the green triangle on the wall with command strips and postal tape. I’m waiting for the little one to rip it off the wall, but so far so good. Look it up on Pinterest for a more thorough tutorial. There are a bunch of amazing ideas.
Hand pillow
Make a keepsake pillow with the kids handprints in the shape of a Christmas tree. See more in this post.
One month of easy indoor activities for kids | HouseMixblog.com
And if anyone else is panicking a little bit about the kids being home for a long Christmas break, check out a month of things to do inside.

Watercolor print by freepik.com.

4 thoughts on “Printable Christmas activities for advent

  1. Oh good! I tried to pick activities that would work for some time, but please share any ideas you have too! Merry Christmas. :)

  2. Kate, you always have the best Kid ideas. Can’t wait to do some of these with my grandson. Love the Idea of the Felt tree. Thanks for all your wonderful posts. I don’t always get around to commenting. Sorry about that.

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