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
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
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
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!
Linked to:
Critters&Crayons Homemade Christmas Link Party
The Sunday Showcase
Monday Madness

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  1. cathy @ NurtureStoreSunday, November 27, 2022

    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 :)

  2. Solo por el gusto de compartirSunday, November 27, 2022

    qwue bonita idea en verdad que que bonita!!

    I love your idea. ♥

  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

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

  5. crittersandcrayonsSunday, November 27, 2022

    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!

  6. Jill @ A Mom With a Lesson PlanSunday, November 27, 2022

    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!

  7. maryanne @ mama smilesMonday, November 28, 2022

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

  8. Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin TreeMonday, November 28, 2022

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

  9. rachelle | tinkerlabMonday, November 28, 2022

    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.

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

  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!

  12. Kate @ Puddles and GumbootsTuesday, November 29, 2022

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

  13. Beth (www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com)Tuesday, November 29, 2022

    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 =-)

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

  15. Rashmie @ MommyLabsThursday, December 01, 2022

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

  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 :)

  17. Laura @Art For Little HandsSaturday, December 03, 2022

    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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