Yes, I know, it’s December already. Have you made an Advent Calendar? Or are you still panicking about what to put in it? Well don’t worry…
The first thing, which only really dawned on me yesterday, is that you don’t have to fill it with a full month worth of stuff. If you do, the little
blighters darlings will only peek/swap around/steal the stuff early anyway. No, panic not, fill the next few days’ worth, then read my list and do the rest later (at your leisure, as it were!)
This is an Advent Calendar I made yesterday using Rust-Oleum Chalkboard paint (instructions here) which I simply put candy canes in, as they look so pretty! It doesn’t have to be complicated.
Some ideas depend on the size of the pockets or boxes on your calendar, some depend on the age and sex of your children, but here is a list of ideas for you to work with. I hope you are inspired!
- Lego – I’m splitting a small lego box for mine. The best way is to follow the instructions as you split the pack so they can be made as they go along.
- Jigsaw pieces – same principle, a few pieces per day to make up the puzzle
- Stampers (rubber printing stamps)
- Chocolate coins
- Real money coins!
- Mini figures
- Party poppers
- Tiny puzzles – I used the little ball/maze puzzles
- Marshmallows to make a snowman or with hot chocolate
- Pin badges (flashing lights/Christmas themed)
- Stationery items – rubbers, pencil sharpeners etc
- Hair bows, bobbles, slides, clips
- Craft items, or split up a craft kit (we’ve got Mr. Maker kits this year)
- Christmas baubles to hang on the tree
- Felt finger puppets or decorations, maybe in kit form if children are older
- Wrapped biscuits
- Christmas style chocolates (foil wrapped mini Santa, Snowman etc)
- Chocolate tree decorations
- Lip gloss or chapstick
- Vouchers or notes for special treats (panto, Santa visit, view lights, movie night – let your imagination run wild!)
- Acts of kindness – we are adding an act of kindness every day in ours. Giving is as important as receiving. It’s a good lesson to give at Christmas time!
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