Advent Calendar DIY
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Advent Calendar DIY. Every year we put out an Advent Calendar for the kids. It is just like the one I had growing up, but this year I decided to change our traditions a little. I want my boys to be kind, and give more of themselves. So, we will have two Advent Calendars this year, one will be a daily giving calendar, the other will be a fun one.
My Coca Cola crate from Crates and Pallet (available on Wayfair) is perfect for an Advent Calendar, with 24 spaces for bottles or small DIY boxes, there is a space for each day of December leading up to Christmas. I made the boxes for each day with my Cricut Explore Air 2. Each box was filled with a piece of candy, and a good deed or activity to do. Then, I taped the boxes with washi tape, and added a tiny little bow to some of them.
Some of the activities are simple like adding quarters to vending machines or taping pre-paid Redbox codes to the rental machines, others are more of a challenge, like doing their brothers chores. Finally, some are family activities like working at the soup kitchen or bringing cookies to a hospital, fire station, police station, or nursing home. I even left some as free choice, hoping to encourage the boys to think openly and do kind acts on their own. I left the last one as your choice, but I think I will make it MY choice. Last year on Christmas Eve, we went to the mall and gave each boy $5 to spend on a stranger however they saw fit. One bought 2 coffees at Starbucks, one bought toys at the Disney Store, another bought some cookies, and another paid for the mall train for a family. We all had so much fun that day, I want to do a repeat!
I designed 24 printable cards with pre-made activities, as well as a page of blank ones for you to customize on your own with or without your little ones.
I have read that it takes 3 weeks to create new habits, so I am hopeful that after 24 days of giving back in small ways, the boys will want to continue it on their own.
You can download the pre-made activities as a group, and, or the single page blank. Please remember, free printables are for personal use only. They cannot be edited, altered, or resold.