I made this DIY Advent Calendar a few years ago and the kids loved it until my then 3 yr old decided to unwrap all of the books! Now that she is older, I’m going to try it again. The first time I made it I used cardstock and made my own cards. This time I made these cute cards with graphics from Grafos on Esty and PicMonkey to go on the books. I think they make it a bit more festive and merry!
I found this idea of having the kids unwrap a book a day and for us to read it on Pinterest a few years ago. I loved the idea, we have a ton of Christmas books, and there are a lot more out there. We don’t get to read them all, so what a great way to make sure we read at least one everyday.Then on each book is a card. On one side of the card it says the day, on the other it lists that day’s activities. Some are simple, some are a bit more adventurous. My hope is that I can teach the children, that Christmas is more than getting presents, it’s about giving. Plus the books and activities will help make counting the days until Santa arrives more fun.
DIY Advent Calendar Instructions
So to make the calendar you need scissors, tape, wrapping paper, card stock, markers (if you printed the ones with no numbers) and 24 books of your choice. If you don’t want to use the books, you can just print and use the cards!
It’s is simple! Cut out the cards, wrap the books, place the activity face down and write the number on the back of the card. Then tape the cards to the front of the books and stack them! Up wrap one a day, do the activity, and read the story!
- The activities on the cards are:
- Buy and Donate Toys to Toys for Tots or another charity
- Make Birdseed Ornaments for our feathered friends
- Read and Learn about St. Nicholas
- Paint a Christmas Scene on a Window with washable paint (don’t worry this comes off easy with Windex)
- Make reindeer ornaments out of candy canes
- Watch a Christmas Movie – Kid’s Choice
- Watch a Christmas Movie – Parent’s Choice
- Make Homemade Hot Chocolate
- Make applesauce dough ornaments
- Donate to the Food Bank
- Watch The Polar Express
- Make a Handprint Wreath
- Make a gingerbread house out of graham crackers (Shannon will be posting about this on December 10, so check back)
- Write a letter to Santa and mail it
- Make a Christmas craft
- Visit Santa
- Make paper ornaments for the tree
- Sing Christmas carols
- Go look at Christmas Lights
- Make snowflakes out of craft sticks
- Make and decorate sugar cookies
- Make reindeer food
- Make candy and other goodies
- Get ready for Santa and relax
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