With two toddlers running around the house, I’m all for the trend of ditching the candy and filling the Advent calendars with Christmas activities instead. I’m a little scared, however, of actually committing myself to a project or outing each day before I get a chance to see how it’s shaking out. After all, I do have a very young toddler who’s nap schedule is still a bit of a moving target as well as an older toddler who inspired the recent “How to Maintain Your Zen When the Kids Have Lost Their Ever-Loving Minds” post.
To start, we dug up lots of white butcher paper and all the green and red art supplies we could find: paint, markers, crayons, colored pencils and glitter.
Then I told the littles to choice their weapon of choice and get creating.
- The checkout period for library books is only 28 days and I didn’t want to get stuck with a bunch of yet-to-be-opened books that were overdue and racking up the fines.
- I didn’t want to use sub-par books just to make sure I had enough.
- Even if I could get my hands on 24 high quality books that I was allowed to keep ’till Christmas, I wasn’t sure we had enough paper to wrap them all.
- I liked the idea of mixing it up a bit. C seems to get a little more excited when he’s not exactly sure what to expect.
Finally, I lined everything up on the mantle and – viola! – an Advent calendar was born.
I mixed up the order of everything to keep C wondering what would be coming each morning: a story or some art.
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