I started this when my son was 2. He was one of those children that needed to have his mind kept busy because a bored G was a million miles an hour. A Christmas activity advent calendar is also a cheap, fun way of introducing family activities throughout December. Here are some of the ideas I have used in the past, and some I will be using this year.
Here are 50 of my favourite family friendly activity advent calendar ideas.
Activity advent calendar ideas
- Watch a Christmas film together.
- Make your own popcorn.
- Christmas colouring (download some sheets from the internet if you don’t have a Christmas colouring book).
- Go for a walk to see people’s Christmas lights in your area.
- Make snowman soup.
- Decorate a Christmas banner (I use one from The Works).
- Make paper chains.
- Decide on dinner and help cook it.
- Choose 5 toys you don’t want to give to charity.
- Christmas treasure hunt.
- Write your letter to Father Christmas.
- Choose a Christmas story from the bookshelf and we’ll all read it together.
- Make a nativity scene out of Play-Doh.
- Talk about your best bits from this year – what are you proud of?
- Write and perform a short play about whatever you like.
- Go Christmas shopping for your sibling.
- Make Rudolph out of handprints.
- Write a Christmas card for your grandparents.
- Let’s make Christmas themed chocolates.
- Help make the Christmas cake.
- Choose a treat activity like the cinema or Winter Wonderland to enjoy.
- Shall we visit Father Christmas today?
- Decorate Christmas biscuits.
- Decorate and build a gingerbread house (you can usually find these in the shops for about £5).
- Decorate the Christmas tree.
- Make Christmas cards for your teachers.
- Make paper snowflakes (of all different colours – just avoid yellow snow!)
- Make home made Christmas coloured Play-Doh. Recipe can be found here!
- Make a pine one bird feeder and hang it out in he garden.
- Play musical bumps or musical statues to a Christmas album.
- Go for a walk and see how many red and green things you can find and collect.
- Collect leaves and make a Christmas coloured leaf rubbing.
- Do Christmas themed puzzles (a great website is Activity Village, they have loads of fun and free printables).
- Choose a special Christmas Eve breakfast.
- Hang your stockings up! Have you left Father Christmas a treat?
- Do two chores for Mum and we’ll play a board game.
- Family board game night with hot chocolate and biscuits.
- Do something kind for a classmate or your teacher today.
- Family competition on the WiiU – you can pick the games.
- Watch a Disney film we haven’t seen before (not Zootropolis again!)
- Go to a Christmas fayre.
- You have the camera take some Christmas photos for our photo album.
- Go into Cardiff to see the Christmas lights.
- Phone someone just to say hello and make their day.
- With Mum’s help make some cool shaped crayons.
- Choose a treat for Guido the bunny for Christmas (or any pet you might have).
- Make a Christmas picture or collage to go in Dad’s office (and one for Mum too!)
- Let loose with the glitter an decorate some star shapes for the Christmas tree.
- Can you sing Jingle Bells backwards? A prize for the person who can!
- Make mince pies and non-alcoholic mulled wine.
I hope these ideas give you some inspiration for your Christmas activity advent calendar. All of this is centred around one thing: they are all things I can do with the children (and the other half when he isn’t in work). For me, Christmas is all about them, and I hope they remember the run up to Christmas for the fun things we did together.
Disclaimer: yes these fun things don’t prevent the usual arguments and I try and tailor them to how full their day is. Any after school activities it’s something short and sharp. The weekends are for baking and the lengthy stuff.