As we approach Advent I’ve been looking for ways to engage with my toddler. After much trolling through Pinterest I’d found lots and lots for bigger kids, a good amount for pre-schoolers but precious little for toddlers. So I decided to create my own list. I have an Advent calendar that hangs on our door to the lounge in the shape of a Christmas tree with 24 small pockets, in this I’ll place the toy or a slip of paper with the activity for the day.
I’m planning mainly on doing this in the late afternoon as darkness is falling but there are still HOURS before bed…..
First and foremost we want Simeon to know that Christmas is about Jesus and so I really wanted to incorporate a Bible story each day. The Jesus Storybook Bible has released an Advent Reading plan with cards to download. Each day the card will be in the pocket of our calendar, we’ll read the story for that day and hang the card.
I also picked up a toy nativity set. I plan on giving each piece every other day until we’ve made the whole set.
And here’s our loose plan. We are attending Christmas at Kew as a family – so that’s one of our days, other times it’s a craft activity or a fun and easy thing to do together (reading a Christmas themed book.)
Simeon will get new Christmas pjs on Dec 1.
day 1 – PJs
day 2 – nativity character & nativity christmas book
day 3 – decorate wrapping paper (brown kraft paper)
day 4 – nativity
day 5 – tree ornaments using salt dough
day 6 – nativity
day 7 – christmas cookies
day 8 – nativity
day 9 – glow stick bath
day 10 – nativity
day 11 – christmas music dance party
day 12 – nativity
day 13 – watch a christmas themed movie
day 14 – nativity
day 15 – read a special christmas book
day 16 – nativity
day 17 – christmas at kew
day 18 – nativity
day 19 – nativity colouring and sticker book
day 20 – nativity
day 21 – make a paper chain garland
day 22 – visit daddy in town for a Christmas lunch
day 23 – read ‘the year of the perfect christmas tree’ & special homemade babyccinos
day 24 – happy birthday baby jesus cake, children’s service at church
I’m hoping that along with reminding us daily of the reason why we celebrate Christmas this will help to keep December fun and exciting for everyone in the family!