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2013 Activity Advent Countdown

Christmas Countdown

 

My annual, printable Activity Advent Countdown is back!

It includes ideas, printables, and resources found around the web to make counting down to Christmas with your toddlers and preschoolers fun and educational.

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2013 Activity Advent Countdown

1. Toilet Paper Tube Tree Painting

2. Christmas Memory or Matching

3. Christmas Tree Sticker Matching

4. Snowglobe Craft

5. Very Hungry Reindeer

6. Roll and Decorate a Tree

7. Icicle Ornaments

8. Christmas Shadow Match

9. Shredded Paper Snowman Craft

10. Spiral Christmas Tree Craft

11. Santa Dance

12. Snowman Cup Craft

13. Christmas Tree Alphabet Matching

14. Paper Plate Snowman Garland

15. Clothes Pin Trees

16. Crayon Resist Candy Canes

17. Christmas Letter Mazes

18.Toilet Paper Tube Snowman

19. Circle Tree Craft

20. Paper Plate Santa Mask

21. Paper Plate Snowman Ornament

22. Toilet Paper Tube Snowflake Painting

23. Spoon Snowman Puppet

24. Egg Carton Trees

25. Light Up Christmas Trees

Where to Start: 

1) Print the 2013 Activity Advent Countdown. This includes the countdown cards, list of activities, and a materials list.

2)  Set up the 25 countdown cards to get your child excited about the Countdown to Christmas Activities.
Ideas:

  •       Put each card in a small box and wrap them. Let your child unwrap a box each morning and that is the activity of the day (regardless of the number)
  • Put the cards in a jar and have your child pick a random one out.
  • Attach them to a piece of garland with clothes pins and take one down each day in order.
  • Make a pocket chart with library pockets from the dollar store or by sewing felt into a grid and put the cards in the pockets in order. Pull one out each day.
  • Make a chart with the numbers 1-25 on it. Have your child pick and cross off a number each day. That number would be the activity of the day.
  • Hang the cards from the lower branches of your Christmas tree and let your child pick the activity for the day by picking one to take off of the tree.
      3) I print all of the activities and gather my materials ahead of time so that I can just grab what I need for that day. That way the work is done and I can enjoy the countdown with my kids!

For more countdown activities and printables, visit my:

Resources:
Creativity FirstSpoonfulKiwi CrateThe Activity MomPlaying with Words 365Happy HooligansBusy Little BugsHousing a ForestParents.comChristmas WowMake and TakesCreative Family Fun1+1+1=1jtPhotoThe Very Busy KindergartenMommy’s Little HelperTLC’s Christmas Guidereal life, one day at a timeMermaid’s MakingsAll Kids Network
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9 Comments

  • Reply Christina

    Do you start the advent activity countdown on December 1st?

    November 6, 2013 at 12:58 pm
    • Reply Nicole

      Yes, start on December 1st!

      November 6, 2013 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply Shonda

    I’m looking forward to using these fun crafts!! Thanks!!

    November 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm
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  • Reply Christina

    When I click on the link for activity 18 (toilet paper tube snowman) it’s says account suspended. Is there a different link for the craft? Or can you explain what the craft is?

    December 18, 2013 at 5:21 am
    • Reply Nicole

      I’m so sorry that happened. Here is the link to the picture of it on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/219691288044517983/
      It is a toilet paper tube made into a snowman with googly eyes, orange triangle nose, and buttons. Then they added a piece of ribbon for a scarf and used a pipe cleaner and two pom poms to make ear muffs.

      December 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm
      • Reply Christina

        Thank you for the quick reply! We are enjoying the activity countdown you have shared.

        December 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm
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