The fact that I drew my inspiration for this Advent Calendar from a post called An Advent Calender for the Procrastinator proves just how easy this crash test was!
I started writing up my Mindful Christmas Crash Test Results and realised (again) that it was massive. So I’m going to share this project with you now and the rest later this week.
In the past the kids have had chocolate advent calendars given to them which have just resulted in us getting hounded for pre-breakfast chocolate hits. This year we have made our own advent calendar and will be including a mixture of fun activities, treasure hunts for useful items and the odd treat.
I chose non-typical Christmas colours, but it is still festive enough for our coastal theme.
CrashBoy and I went on a trip to KaiserCraft to buy some non-Christmas papers (cheaper than the Christmas paper!) and got all the pretty paper we needed and more for $10. CrashGirl and I spent the afternoon (while CrashBoy napped), making the little envelopes. It’s a great activity (she’s 4 1/2) for her little fingers and she got a lot of satisfaction from folding the squares into envelopes.
The envelopes are held together with double-sided tape which was less mess and more effective than the glue called for in the original tutorial.
The numbers are stamped on squares cut from wine box dividers. You can buy the mini pegs from Riot Art and Craft. Instead of stringing them up, I decided to peg them to my Christmas present from last year – a seashell wall hanging. Ta dah – a Coastal Christmas Advent Calendar!
Some of the envelopes will include new traditions like clean and donate some toys, visit the local Christmas lights. We debated about taking the kids to the local Christmas Carols but they attract a 20,000 strong crowd and go quite late, so we may reserve that for when they are a bit older. Items will most likely be of the art, craft and stationery variety.
The final day will be a clue to find their Christmas Eve surprise which will be a box with new PJs, a Christmas DVD and movie watching treats.
For more ideas on what to include in your advent calendar check out:
Are you making an Advent Calendar this year?
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