I’ve thought a lot about what advent calendar to get J this year. I’ve done a few different ideas in previous years.
My favourite is this Melissa and Doug Christmas Tree Advent Calendar.
Even when J was really little, he loved adding on the little baubles. It’s very durable and stands up to being played with and knocked on the floor. It’s also really pretty and adds to the decoration!
Every year we’ve written out the nativity story and we get the next instalment every day.
Last year he got a present every day. I bought a train set and play dough set and gave a bit everyday. But that came to so much money in the end and that was a little frustrating for him because he couldn’t fully play with the train set until he’d got all the bits.
The year before that I did a present everyday but to save money it ended up just being pointless gifts that didn’t really get a look in. I also remember him being more interested in our chocolate one!
I love the Lego ones (my husband has had one of them) and the Play Mobil One’s, but it does all add up in the end. I’ve noticed this year that there are so many different types out there now.
So this year I’ve gone nice and simple and I’ve bought him a Kinder Advent Calendar, I think this will bring great joy, we’ll do our Melissa and Doug one and my husband is getting a nativity one. But what I’m excited about is J’s activity advent, which I’ve made for him.
I haven’t thought up 24 activities as I know life will take over and we won’t get to do them, and if you promise J something you have to do it. But we’ve come up with 12 Christmassy activities from Carol Services, making Sugar mice and making Christmas cards and Chocolates.
I’ve made each one into a scratch off panel so on each day that there is an activity he can scratch it off.
I drew each panel and wrote in the activity, I then coloured in each panel with white crayon. This helps you see the writing once you’ve scratched off the paint.
I then mixed some washing up liquid with some green (and red in the end – we needed two go’s.) Acrylic paint and painted over each panel. You probably need a few coats.
I originally tried this with clear hand soap and it didn’t work, so my finished article looks a bit different.
Each panel needed about 4 coats of paint and you can still read some of them especially with the red, but that won’t matter.
Tomorrow is making Christmas Chocolates. And I was right the kinder calendar did bring great joy!