I hear and see everyone talk about their advent calendars and starting that tradition with their kids. I have never done this before and really didn't know what an advent calendar was. So I did a little research and came up with a whole lot of information!
What I discovered is that an advent calendar can be what you want it to be during the holiday season, its pretty much a countdown of what is to come "an arrival"
Starting Dec. 1st I will have 17 daycare days (this doesn't include weekends and 1 other day because I am closed) so I made a 17 day advent chain link calendar. On each link is 1 or 2 activites that we will be doing that day to celebrate this wonderful season!
Here is my list of activities:
Day 1: Have a Dance Party and Decorate a Gingerbread Man!
Day 2: Read to the children Matthew 1:18-25 and do a coloring page while I read.
Day 3: Paint Christmas Ornaments while we listen to Christmas Music!
Day 4: NO NAP DAY! (i will regret this) make a Christmas Frame!
Day 5: Play with Wrapping Paper and Listen to different books on Christmas
Day 6: Watch a Christmas Movie
Day 7: Decorate Christmas cookies
Day 8: Make a Santa Handprint
Day 9: Bring the Snow in to Play with! (I hope there is snow by then...not really I don't care for the snow but its all about the kids...right?!?)
Day 10: NO SOCK DAY! this is fun trust me! and we will make choc. spoons!!
Day 11: Read from the Bible Luke 2: 1-14 and make an ornament out of pipecleaners and beads!
Day 12: Make Pretzel Snacks
Day 13: Nativity Scene Craft
Day 14: Open a Present (which will be a new book) which we will than read!
Day 15: Make a button ornament!
Day 16: Make a Reindeer Handprint
Day 17: Read from the Bible Luke 2:15-20 and do a coloring page.
I am sure there will be more things that we add that wont be on our advent calendar but this will keep us plenty busy!
I hope you enjoy our ideas and be sure to come back to check it all out!!