2015 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!

2015 Activity Advent Countdown

  1. Q-Tip Snowflake Ornaments
  2. Building Christmas Sculptures
  3. Christmas Color by Number
  4. Fishing for Candy Canes
  5. Christmas Playdough Mats
  6. Make and Eat Ice Cream Cone Trees
  7. Alphabet Wreath Activity
  8. Yarn Wrapped Ornaments
  9. Pour Paint Ornaments
  10. Inside snow play (bring real snow inside in a cake pan) or make fake snow with 2 ingredients
  11. Santa Hat Ornament
  12. Roll a Christmas Tree Dice Game
  13. Make Wrapping Paper or Cards with Cookie Cutter Art
  14. Christmas Themed Sticky Art 
  15. Candy Cane Name Ornaments 
  16. Decorate a Paper Plate Christmas Tree 
  17. Stack a Felt Christmas Tree
  18. Fizzing Candy Canes
  19. Sticker Christmas Tree Craft or 3D Tree Sticker Decorating
  20. Christmas Q-Tip Painting
  21. Pasta Ornaments
  22. Letter Matching or Ornament Counting
  23. Gingerbread Cookies Pretend Play
  24. Make Jingle Bell Bracelets
  25. Merry Christmas!

Where to Start:

  1. Print the 2015 Activity Advent Calendar Cards. 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!

For more countdown activities and printables, visit my:

 Resources: Crafty Morning, Left Brain Craft Brain, Itsy Bitsy Fun, 3 Boys and a Dog, Tot Schooling, Mom Inspired Life, The Inspired Treehouse, The Activity Mom, Happy Hooligans, Mommas Fun World, Buggy and Buddy, 3 Dinosaurs, Stay at Home Educator, Childhood 101, Creative Family Fun, Powerful Mothering, Teaching Mama, Hands on as We Grow, Cutting Tiny Bites, Itsy Bitsy Fun, My Nearest and Dearest
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  • Reply Anne

    What a fun list! Thanks so much for including our gumdrop trees!

    November 23, 2015 at 4:55 am
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  • Reply Katy

    Thanks for much! We can’t wait to start this year’s countdown! 🙂

    November 24, 2015 at 10:39 pm
    • Reply Katy

      ***Thanks “so” much… oops 🙂

      November 24, 2015 at 10:40 pm

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