For the final post in my Advent series, I’m sharing some of the activities that I’ve planned for this year or that we’ve done in the past. Two of my kids love arts and crafts, the oldest is a budding chef, and we all like to eat, so I try to include something for everyone. We may have a treat and an activity, or some days we just have one or the other. And if the craft is on the youngish side (as in, too young for a tween), I assign my oldest the job of helping his little brother. And so without further ado, the list!
- Make peppermint bark—This one’s both a craft and activity. We left out the peppermint extract from this recipe, but our bark was sufficiently minty. It’s so exciting when we find something delicious that no one in our family is allergic to.
- Make paper chain tree—I remember making these in elementary school. I try to schedule this activity early in Advent, but this year we didn’t do it until December 4 or so. So we just made fewer loops.
- Eat candy canes
- Decorate the Christmas tree
- Call Grandma—I promise that we will talk with my mother and mother-in-law many times before Christmas. It’s just fun to get everybody all together to make the phone call.
- Drink warm cider—We added cloves and cinnamon and warmed it on the stove for a comforting treat.
- Make Christmas cards—The older kids chose two friends to make a card for. I helped the youngest make one card.
- Paper Nativity scene—This is the set that we used two years ago and it’s still one of the cutest I can find online. I printed the black and white version, then we glued the sheets to cardboard from cereal boxes. Then we colored them in.
- Christmas coloring page—I printed out a few different sheets and let the kids choose. The girls chose both chose this and my youngest chose this. I didn’t ask my oldest to do this activity. 🙂
- Watch a Christmas movie—I don’t have a movie picked out; we will just search NetFlix and maybe discover a new favorite together.
- Trail mix—We will toss together cereal, chocolate chips, and marshmallows, then eat the mix while watching the movie.
- Make paper ornaments—In previous years we’ve made this one and this one. I haven’t decided for this year, yet. There are too many beautiful choices.
- Bake cookies—This is a Saturday activity that we’ll start earlier in the day. Every year I let the kids pick a cookie recipe to bake. Now that they’re getting older, they can handle this pretty independently. Yay!
- Decorate the afore-baked cookies.
- Paper plate angels—We made these last year.
- Watch “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”—Linus actually recites the Luke account of Christ’s birth, which is amazing for network TV don’t you think??
- Drive around the neighborhood and admire the Christmas decorations.
- Christmas tea party—I haven’t actually done this, but it sounds like a cute idea!
- Christmas word puzzles—I printed several last year, including this one and maybe this one? I’m on the hunt for a really tough puzzle, worthy of a 12-year-old’s respect.
- Christmas dance party—Music was provided by my “All I Want for Christmas is You” channel on Pandora. I am not ashamed.
- Watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”
I’m already wondering what we’re going to do next year, when the kids will range from kindergarten to full-fledged teenager. If you have any fun Christmas traditions for kids of all ages, please share!
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