Christmas Activity Calendar


 Last year I had so much fun making an activity calendar for my girls that I decided to make it an annual tradition. 
This year's calendar is all finished and even though I made most of it, the girls were still able to add their own special touch.

I started by making a list of special activities to do with the girls
they are mostly holiday related activities like:
go see Christmas lights
visit Santa
and
make Christmas cookies

I gathered up some paint chips and wrote an activity on the back of each one
Then I stapled the paint chips into a chain
(just like the paint chip chain Melissa from The Chocolate Muffin Tree made)

Next, I cut out a Christmas tree shape from a cardboard box
I painted it dark green and then used light green to create the illusion of needles
When the paint was dry the girls completely covered the tree with glitter glue
  
Not only are the girls going to be able to cut one link of the chain down each day
but
I also printed out this fabulous list of holiday jokes from Cathy at Nuturestore 
bought a 25 piece puzzle 
(I'm the only one that knows what the picture is) 
to give them a piece each day
and 
have holiday stickers for the girls to place on the tree each day

I can't wait to see what it looks like with all the stickers on it

I'm really excited for the calendar this year, I have a lot of fun activities planned.
Be sure to follow along with the calendar here
I will be blogging about each day starting December 1! 

Happy Holidays!
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19 comments:

  1. Wow - what a fun advent calendar! And I'm so happy to think our jokes are part of it - hope they make your kids giggle :)

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  2. qwue bonita idea en verdad que que bonita!!

    I love your idea. ♥

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  3. Cathy, I hope the jokes make them giggle too! I'm not sure they're old enough to understand them yet, but we'll see!! :)

    Thank you @Solo

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  4. I like all the ideas. You're sure to have a really fun December!

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  5. Your ideas are always so detailed and beautiful! What a neat idea to cut the links each day! Thank you so much for linking up to the Critters and Crayons linky!

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  6. I make chains with my kids each year, I think this year I will have to add in activities for the kids. (or maybe jokes!) I love, love, love that you hung the chain from a cardboard tree. CUTE!

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  7. How cute! Sounds like December will be very fun in your home!

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  8. Great idea for a Christmas Countdown! Thanks for linking back to my paint chip chain!

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  9. such a good idea!! we recently did a chain countdown to thanksgiving (got the idea from jen at paint cut paste, and my 3-year old loved it.

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  10. fun stuff! I'm excited to read more of what you do. :)

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  11. This is great! I can't wait to see it more decorated as well. I'm sure they will have a ton of fun with this!

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  12. I love this!!! So many fun Advent activities around at the moment

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  13. Super cute! I love how you 'recycled' paint swatches!! I am your newest follower, I'd love it if you followed me back =-) I also wanted to invite you to link up at mY TGIF linky party - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/search/label/Linkey%20Parties
    Beth =-)

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  14. Love how you used paint swatches! Super creative!

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  15. What a unique idea! Brilliant way to use those paint swatches...

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  16. I LOVE this idea for a Countdown to Christmas! Super sweet and very interactive. The paint chip idea is wonderful...I love everything about it :)

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  17. I have done paper chain activities before and we loved it. Now my kids are in school and we have little time to do much every single day. I like the idea of using paint chip papers. Cute. Thanks for sharing with Monday Madness

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  18. Sorry to sound stupid! The chain is presumably chained together in numerical order I'm guessing so that the chain stays copmplete till the end? And do you just pin zith a drawing pin the pin the the cardboard tree? And you fix the cardboard tree to the wall or is it freestanding? thanks for your reply

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    1. no it's not stupid
      The chain is taped to the tree, every time we cut a link we moved the piece of tape to the next number so the chain stayed up
      The tree itself was stapled to the wall

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