2016 Activity Advent Countdown

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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! Paper Plate Angel Make and Play with Gingerbread Playdough Christmas Tree Alphabet Match (printable) Burlap Wreath Ornament Jingle Bell Painting … [Read more...]

2014 Activity Advent Countdown

2014 Christmas Activity 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! Decorate a Handprint Christmas Tree OR Cardboard Christmas Tree Reindeer Play Dough Game Pipe Cleaner Garland Christmas Light Matching Christmas I-Spy … [Read more...]

Away in a Manger Dice Game

Away in a Manger DIce Game

  Away in a Manger Dice Game How to Play: Download and Print Away in a Manger Dice Game . Roll the die. Look at the chart to see which person you rolled and put him/her in the Manger. When all of the people are in the Manger you win! Directions and Tips are included in the download. We have had so much fun with this game and it has given us a chance to … [Read more...]

Nativity Shape Craft (printable)

Nativity Shape Craft

Download the Nativity Shape Craft Printable Christmastime is here!  I'm loving doing Advent activities with my daughter these days, and especially being able to share with her the story of Christmas.  We haven't quite jumped into shapes yet, but she is curious about them and loves playing with her shape puzzles. I originally intended this to be a craft for her, but after … [Read more...]

Nativity Sensory Bin

Nativity Sensory Bin

I want my daughter to have as many chances as possible to explore the Christmas story this year.  She loves playing with her Little People Nativity Set as well as a magnetic refrigerator Nativity set I found for her.  Another way I can share the story with her is through a Nativity sensory bin! I used straw as my base for the basket - I was able to find a friend who was … [Read more...]

First Grade Christmas Countdown

Christmas Countdown

My 2013 Christmas Activity Advent Countdown is targeted towards preschoolers (although toddlers and Kindergartners still enjoy it). B (1st grade) still wants to join us for the countdown after school and during Winter vacation. Although he would be more than happy to do the same countdown with N (and still might), I wanted to give him the chance to review Kinder/1st Grade … [Read more...]

2012 Activity Advent Countdown (printable)

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I'm so excited to bring you my annual, printable Activity Advent Countdown! I used ideas, printables, and resources (list below) found around the web to make counting down to Christmas fun and educational! 2012 Activity Advent Countdown 1. M&M Wreath  2. Ornament Shape Matching 3. Bow Painting 4. Indoor Snowball Hunt 5. Gingerbread Number Activity 6. Shape … [Read more...]

Simple Christmas Tree Craft

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Day 10 of the Activity Advent Calendar - Paint a Christmas Tree Another Simple Christmas Tree Craft! It's the simple activities like these that have been the most popular on our advent calendar. I've never seen B work so hard to paint in the lines before. Then he glued down circles for the ornaments. I usually put dots where I want him to put the glue as a guide but this … [Read more...]

2009 ACTIVITY Advent Calendar (Printable)

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There are so many different, awesome types of advent calendars out there. I was having a hard time deciding on one and then it occured to me that one Christmas activity a day would be fun for us. I made and printed the activity cards (below), sewed 25 felt pockets (pictured above, directions below in the comments section), and used foam stickers for the numbers. My goal … [Read more...]