Sunday, November 25, 2012

Advent Activity Calendar

I just finished up an advent activity calendar for us!  It's important to me that the whole presents/Santa/stuff part of the holidays be very minimal in our house, so I try to put a lot of emphasis on the really important (for us, the story of Christ's birth and serving each other) and the fun (making cookies, decorating, etc.)  I thought it would be fun if we had an advent calendar with an activity for each day.  

I pretty much worked with what I had on hand.  My supplies were: a piece of scrap wood from the garage, white spray paint, cup hooks, and a cute paper tag pad from Target (I found these near the scrapbook paper - I was pleased that there were exactly 24 sheets in the pad).

cup hooks and tag pad
I screwed 24 cup hooks in the wood in a staggered pattern  - that got a lot easier when I started using Matt's drill to start the holes.   I screwed two more cup hooks in the top (I pinched the hook closed with pliers) so I could hang it on the wall.  Then I spray painted the whole deal. 

Conveniently, the tag pad has cute little cut-outs so I could just pop 'em up on the hooks.  I still have to write numbers on the front.  Our activities will be on the back on little post-it notes so I can move the activities around if I need to.  I got the post-it note idea from Simple Mom.

I hung it in our dining room so it will be convenient to check the activities everyday. Here's the list of our activities.

Linking up to: Sundae Scoop at I heart Naptime, Think Pink Sunday at Flamingo Toes, Made by You Monday at Skip to my lou, Take a Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful and meaningful activity this will be each day!

Love, Dadder

Anonymous said...

Glad you found all that you needed! Very creative as always. I think it will be a blessing for your family and especially for the girls.
Love, Mom

Anonymous said...

Dad and I were just saying how Christmas has gotton so commercial over the years; it is refreshing to see this. How meaningful for the girls; and a good way to build happy memories.
Papa and Dassa