Advent Calendar Activities 6 – 10

Here are another five fun Christmas activities we’ve enjoyed this year:

Day 6: Decorate a Window Crayon Tree with Foam Shape Ornaments

This is probably my favorite activity we’ve done so far. I drew a Christmas tree with window crayons on the outside of our sliding glass door. I also cut circles, triangles, and squares out of craft foam for Trevor to use as ornaments. I then gave him a spray bottle of water to spray on the image of the tree so that the foam would stick to the glass. He had a lot of fun decorating his tree. Spray bottles are excellent fine motor work too 🙂

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Day 7: Make Salt Dough Ornaments

We make salt dough ornaments every year, and so of course we had to continue with the tradition. This is the recipe we use. This year Trevor chose to only use the penguin cookie cutter (to make Chinstrap penguins he told me), and the reindeer cookie cutter so that he could make all of Santa’s reindeer. He didn’t want to paint the ornaments once they were baked, but he’s been having fun playing with them plain. The penguins have been looking for the South Pole 🙂

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Paige enjoyed making the salt dough ornaments too, lol 🙂

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Day 8: Play With Snowflakes on the Light Table

I picked up a 10 pack of plastic snowflake ornaments at the Dollar Tree and set those out on the light table, along with snowflake gel window clings and a light-up snowman decoration I found on clearance. We made snowflake sandwiches and did snowflake dances.

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Day 9: Play With a North Pole Toothpick Village

I saw some toothpick and styrofoam Christmas activities floating around on Pinterest and put my own spin in it for Trevor. I simply did a quick Google image search for Santa’s workshop clip art, printed some figures out, cut around them, and then laminated them. I then cut the laminated figures out and taped them to the toothpicks. Easy peasy! I had saved a sheet of styrofoam from a package just for an activity like this. Trevor used the styrofoam as snow and had a great time sticking the toothpick figures in it and creating different scenes. I just love how much his imagination has grown! He had such a blast with this activity, I see a lot more toothpick and styrofoam small world play in our future. This too is great at building those fine motor skills.

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Day 10: Make a Christmas Tree Lacing Ornament

I really like a lot of the ornaments they do over at Happy Hooligans and was inspired to create Trevor a lacing tree. I simply cut a triangle out of green construction paper, laminated it, then used my hole punch to punch some holes in it. I cut a strand of red yarn and a strand of white yarn for him to lace with. I made needles for him out of pipe cleaners. He struggled a little with this activity, but stuck with it. I was proud of him for that!

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Advent Calendar Activities 1 – 5

Last year I set up different Christmas-themed activities for Trevor to do every day in December until Christmas. It was a way to give him some special Mommy-Trevor time after his sister was born. As soon as he saw our advent calendar again this year, as we were unpacking decorations, he told me that he can’t wait to do our “penguin calendar” again this year. I wasn’t really planning on doing the advent calendar this year (hoping to be a little more lazy this year, haha). But with that kind of enthusiasm, there’s no way I could tell him no. So it looks like an activity advent calendar will be a new tradition around here.

I love seeing holiday-themed kids activities online, so I thought I’d begin to share our own take on Christmas fun for kids!

Day 1: We made snow slime! It was inspired by this post over at Growing a Jeweled Rose, although we ultimately used a different slime recipe because we had less glue on hand than the recipe called for. Trevor loved that this slime was cold. He loves any kind of ice or cold-temperature play. It is so great to see how much his imagination has come in a year too!

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Day 2: I found some Christmas learning printables online. Over at 2 Teaching Mommies I found this matching game. I printed, cut, and laminated it. The first time through Trevor found all of the matches himself. The second time through we played together so he could work on turn-taking.

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Day 3: I created a brand new Christmas sensory bin for Trevor. I dyed four cups of rice red, four cups green, and left four cups white. I also added peppermint extract to it all so that it smells wonderful! I added in a few Christmas items that I picked up from the Dollar Tree, as well as items from around the house. Trevor’s been having a great time with it.

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Day 4: I separated out some red and white pony beads into two bowls, and let Trevor choose a pipe cleaner to make a beaded candy cane ornament with. I knew I was pushing him with this activity given his fine motor struggles. I honestly was hoping that he’d just string a couple and not get too upset. Well, despite a lot of “I can’t”s and “It’s too hard”s, he strung 16 beads! I was so proud of him. The candy cane ornament is now hanging on our tree and it is by far my favorite ornament of all!

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Day 5: Today we did a Christmas clothespin number match game. This came from another printable pack from 2 Teaching Mommies. I laminated these cards too. You are supposed to have the child clip the clothespins on the correct number at the bottom of the card, but I knew Trevor’s accuracy with clipping wasn’t quite there. So I wrote the numbers 1 – 10 on ten clothespins. So after he counted he found the clothespin with the right number and just clipped it anywhere on the card. I was really impressed with his patience during this activity! He lost his place counting a few times, but didn’t get upset. He did grumble a bit, but never freaked out (which is huge for him).

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In may be a lot of added work for me, but I love how excited Trevor is every morning seeing what advent calendar activity we’re going to do today. Activity advent calendars really are so much nicer than ones where the kids get to open a cheap toy or junk food. The memories we’re making he’ll have forever! Plus I’m also happy when I get to sneak in some OT practice into our routine :). Do you do an advent calendar?