Because my 2.5 year old daughter is thrilled by holidays, I had a hunch that she would enjoy mkaing an activity-based advent calendar. And when we were still going strong after an hour had passed, I silently patted myself on the back.
This project is more crafty than our usual process-based happenings, but N got so into the industry of selecting images and do-dads to glue onto the bags that I feel compelled to share this for the benefits of developing fine motor skills, making aesthetic choices, practicing with a glue bottle, and commitment to completing a fairly large project. I think she really enjoyed the camaraderie of working side-by-side, and I must admit that she’s pretty good company too. Oh, and did I mention that she was invested in this for a solid hour? Seriously.
Cut your paper to desired size and fold it in thirds. One side should overlap the other by about 1/2 inch.
Fold the bottom up about 1/2 inch and crease the paper.
Open everything up. Make two cuts (see photo).
Fold the paper together and add glue to seal it up.
Add some more glue, and the envelope is ready for embellishments. Make 23 more, and you’re ready to go. I punched holes in the back of the envelopes, strung them with string, and hung them on our mantle.
Decorate away! And don’t forget to add some numbers.
In case you’re wondering, here’s a sample of our activities: Make cookies, play with friends, make and hang ornaments, and take canned goods to those in need.
Ideas from our friends around the web:
What activities do you have planned around the holidays?
Looking for more holiday ideas? This activity is linked up to the Idea Room’s list of Christmas projects.