2012 Activity Advent Countdown (printable)

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

25. Merry Christmas!
Other Ideas:
Where to Start: 

1) Print the 2012 Activity Advent Countdown. This includes the countdown cards and a list of activities. Print the Materials List.

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


Toddler Approved
2 Teaching Mommies
Share & Remember
Motherhood on a Dime
Children’s Learning Activities
Little Family Fun
Me & Marie Learning
Rockabye Butterfly
I Can Teach My Child
Tons of Fun
House of Baby Piranha
Play and Learn with Dana
Kinder Kids Fun
Crafty Journal
Free Homeschool Printables
Leapfrog & Ladybugs
Enchanted Learning

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  • Reply Cerys Parker

    What a fabulous list – I would love for you to come and link up where I have a countdown to christmas advent linky 🙂

    November 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm
  • Reply

    Love this! We need to get started early.

    November 1, 2012 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply Jackie Higgins

    Thanks! It would be so good if I could get this done now and not be stressed closer to the holiday. Thanks for getting it out so early!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm
  • Reply Laurie

    I loved this last year and am super excited to do it again! The only thing missing from this year’s printable is the material list by day (which was AWESOME!!!!!). Is there any chance that you have one for this year?? It was just so helpful to get organized!

    November 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm
  • Reply The Activity Mom

    I just added the Materials List by Day on step 1 under “Where to Start”. You should be able to print it now. I’m so glad you asked for it and that you are loving the Countdowns. We have so much fun with it too!

    November 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm
    • Reply Laurie

      Thanks so much!!!!

      November 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm
  • Reply Julie

    I’ve done this now for about 3 years and love your ideas! Thank you for sharing~

    November 9, 2012 at 10:32 pm
  • Reply Mud Hut Mama

    An activity a day – what a fun way to count down to Christmas – this is such a great list and I think your idea choose the idea randomly from a jar adds even more fun.

    November 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm
  • Reply Tammy

    Thank you so much for putting this together again! My girls loved the activities last year!

    November 14, 2012 at 11:40 pm
  • Reply Shonda

    Thank you so much for putting together these ideas. My son and I are going to have so much fun getting ready for Christmas.

    November 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm
  • Reply Alli

    I’m trying to get them all set up ahead of time, and it appears that #9 Gingerbread Letter Matching is missing the first page (A-F). In the comments she suggests posting our email so that she can send it directly to us, but it seems like that might be a bit much for her to handle if we all email her on 12/6 or 12/7. Would it make sense to contact her directly about this? I don’t mind doing it individually, but I am assuming that more than one person will (or has) run into this problem.

    This is such a fun idea; my kids are totally going to freak out at how awesome it is. Thank you so much for doing the hard work of finding the activities for us!!

    November 27, 2012 at 4:41 am
  • Reply The Activity Mom

    Alli, I’ll send her a message and see how she wants to handle it. Thanks for leaving a comment about it! =)

    November 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Deb Chitwood

    I love the Activity Advent Countdown Printables you share each year! I featured your printable as the Free Printable of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page (and on Pinterest.)

    November 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm
  • Reply The Activity Mom

    Alli, I didn’t hear back from her. I guess individual emails/requests for the document will be the way to go. Sorry!

    November 30, 2012 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Ashley

    Very cool idea! Thank you for featuring one of my ideas 🙂


    December 3, 2012 at 1:27 am
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