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2014 Activity Advent Countdown

Activity Advent Countdown

My annual, printable Activity Advent Countdown is back!

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

2014 Christmas Activity Countdown

  1. Decorate a Handprint Christmas Tree OR Cardboard Christmas Tree
  2. Reindeer Play Dough Game
  3. Pipe Cleaner Garland
  4. Christmas Light Matching
  5. Christmas I-Spy Printable
  6. Make and Eat Ice Cream Cone Trees
  7. Christmas Dice Games
  8. Christmas Size Sequencing (printable)
  9. Paint with Pom Poms Christmas Tree
  10. Noodle Christmas Tree Craft
  11. Elf on a Shelf Tracing
  12. Candy Cane Science Experiment
  13. Paper Plate Reindeer Craft
  14. Silver Bells Matching Game
  15. Christmas Q tip Painting (printable)
  16. Plastic Lid Ornament
  17. Snowy Window Scene
  18. Fine Motor Christmas Tree
  19. Painting Snow OR 3 Ingredient Snow Dough
  20. Sing and Dance with DIY Jingle Bell Streamers
  21. Eat and Stick Marshmallow Trees
  22. Play Snowman Slam
  23. Paper Cup Jingle Bell Craft
  24. Shaving Cream Snow Paint
  25. Merry Christmas!

Where to Start:

  1. Print the 2014 Activity Advent Countdown. This includes the countdown cards, a list of the activities, and a materials list.
  2. Set up the 25 countdown cards to get your child excited about the Countdown to Christmas Activities

Set Up 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.

Quick Tip:

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!

 

Resources:

The Activity MomPre-K Pages, Powerful Mothering, Reuse Crafts, The Pleasantest Thing, A Moment in Our World, The Blue Basket, Fantastic Fun and Learning, Crafty Morning, 3 Boys and a Dog, Inspiration Laboratories, Huppie Mama, Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, Sugar Aunts, Teach Preschool, 1+1+1=1, Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails, Fantastic Fun and Learning, Growing a Jeweled Rose,  Education.com, No Time for Flashcards, Kiwi Crate

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9 Comments

  • Reply Naomi Wentworth

    This is an absolutely great idea! I can’t wait to get started with the kids!!

    November 10, 2014 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply Shonda

    I love all the different and fun ideas you share every year!

    November 10, 2014 at 11:07 pm
    • Reply Nicole

      Thank You! We always have fun with the countdown!

      November 11, 2014 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Jen

    Love these ideas, Nicole! Great how simple they are and I like your suggestion about getting everything ready ahead of time. Hope your family is doing well.

    November 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm
    • Reply Nicole

      Hi JEN!!!! SO happy to hear from you!!

      November 14, 2014 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Victoria

    Thank you Activity Mom for honoring us using our Cardboard Christmas Tree craft in your countdown. We hope you have as much fun as we did using and recycling things we had around!

    November 23, 2014 at 4:31 pm
    • Reply Nicole

      Thank YOU for being so creative and sharing your ideas with us!

      November 25, 2014 at 12:56 am
  • Reply Tammy Boyce

    Another great list of activities to help countdown to Christmas! Thank you so much for putting it all together so that scatter brained moms like me don’t have to scour the internet for awesome ideas:) This is the 4th year I’m using your Advent Calendar activities and my kids now expect to find the cards each day in the stockings we use to countdown.

    November 29, 2014 at 5:31 am
  • Reply Victoria

    Great ideas for my group.Thank you for featuring our cardboard Christmas Trees, we hope you enjoy making them! http://reusecrafts.blogspot.com/

    February 17, 2015 at 5:03 pm
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