Christmas Countdown

Count down to Christmas with a craft or activity for each day of advent. Christmas is such a magical time of the year and what better way to make memories with your kids than fill advent with fun crafts and activities and maybe even introduce a few new traditions. There is something on the list for every day of advent, have a go at everything on the list or pick and choose your favourite.


Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.


CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY COUNTDOWN 



Click on the images and links for full instructions for each activity. Have fun! While you are here take a look at all our Christmas crafts and activities.


1st December- Countdown to Christmas with a book advent calendar. Wrap up 24 books and let your child un wrap one each day as their bedtime story. The books don't need to be new, but if they are Christmas themed it will add to the excitement. Alternatively make your own advent calander by colouring in this FREE prinatble advent calendar by Hattifant.


christmas book advent calendar - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

2nd December- Get the family together and have fun decorating the Christmas tree. Stick on some music, put on some silly Christmas hats and get the kids involved, the tree might not end up looking perfect but memories are being made. Why not introduce a new tradition like The Kindness Elves


The kindness elves - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.


3rd December- Help the kids make their own tree ornaments.  We always have so much fun making tree ornaments and there are so many ideas to choose from.  Take a look at our collection of DIY Christmas Ornament craft ideas for kids


Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

Follow Messy Little Monster's board Christmas Tree Ornaments on Pinterest.

4th December- Make Christmas cards for family and friends. Here are a few simple ideas to try. For full instructions click on the image below. 


kid made christmas card ideas - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

5th December- Help your child to use this FREE printable santa letter to write a letter to santa.  UK people if you let your little one post their letter to santa before the 8th December using the address in this link you will get a reply from santa! We also have this Dear Santa paper available to download. 


free printable santa letter - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

6th December- Make Christmas handprint and footprint keepsakes. Using a simple salt dough recipe you can make Christmas keepsakes that will last forever. Click here for full instructions on how to make these christmas keepsakes.


Christmas salt dough keepsakes - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

7th December- Make a Christmas wreath. Find a few ideas suitable for adults and kids on our Christmas wreath pinterest board. We love this fun handprint wreath and poem and we had fun making our DIY Christmas wreath


Follow Messy Little Monster's board Christmas Wreaths on Pinterest.

8th December- Have a Christmas themed north pole breakfast by filling the table with sparkly decorations and lots of Christmas themed treats. I love these homemade Christmas treats. Follow the links below for recipes. 


Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

Rice Krispie Snowmen by Top Food Pics
Reindeer chocolate brownies by Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons
Santa Pancake by Taste of Japan
Melted Snowman Cookies by Mum in the Mad House


Maybe try one of these cosy hot chocolate recipes to go with it. 


Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.


9th December- Track santa to see where in the world he is. Keep checking back...especially on Christmas eve when you can see him getting closer and closer.


track santa nomad santa - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

10th December- Read the nativity story and talk about the true meaning of Christmas. Take a look at this great list of nativity crafts for kids.


Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.


11th December- Make your own DIY wrapping paper. Don't forget your tags! I love these fingerprint reindeer gift tags we made last year. 





12th December- Wanna build a snowman?  If you're not lucky enough to have snow this Christmas take a look at these snowman crafts and activities.


Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

13th December- Elf yourself! Upload pictures of your family and watch as you become dancing elves.


Elf Yourself - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

14th December- Be inspired by this set of Christmas play dough ideas from  One Time Through.


Christmas playdough ideas - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

15th December- Make a gingerbread house.  We usually by a kit but I LOVE these easy mini gingerbread houses by Red Ted Art.


easy mini gingerbread houses - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

16th December- Make a hot chocolate reindeer like these by Thrifty Jinxy.


reindeer hot chocolate with free printable tag label - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

17th December- Help your child to make some gifts for family. There is nothing better than a personalised homemade gift.  Take a look at all our homemade gifts that kids can make or our DIY keepsake craft ideas to get some inspiration. 


Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.


Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.


18th December- Have fun making and playing with Christmas spoon puppets

19th December- Spend time together as a family playing some simple Christmas games like this printable Christmas version of the game would you rather by Kitchen Counter Chronicles.


printable christmas version of would you rather - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

20th December- Have a bit of quiet time with these FREE Christmas colourings.  We also love these FREE colourings for grown ups by Red Ted Art.  


Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

21st December- Create a personalised FREE message from santa  from Portable North Pole. 


personalised free message from santa portable north pole - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

22nd DecemberMake some reindeer food ready to sprinkle on your lawn on Christmas eve. Simply mix oats with a bit of glitter for sparkle. Print of and attach one of these cute reindeer food poems by Fun in First.

Reindeer food poem free printable - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

Alternatively set up a magic reindeer food station to make it extra magical. 

Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

23rd December- Snuggle up under a blanket and watch a Christmas movie.  Elf is always the favourite in our house!

24th DecemberMake a Christmas eve box. You don't need to spend a fortune but pyjamas, hot chocolate and a DVD always go down well! Here is the Christmas Eve Box we made last year. 

Christmas eve box - Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.

Christmas eve is such an exciting evening, I think I actually prefer it to Christmas day! Sprinkle reindeer food on the lawn to guide santa to your house. Leave santa a tasty treat (you could even make a special plate for santa). Hang up your stockings and get the kids into their Christmas pyjamas. Once the kids are in bed its always fun to sprinkle a bit of fake snow by the door before relaxing with a festive glass of mulled wine.

25th December- MERRY CHRISTMAS


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Christmas advent countdown.  Fun Christmas craft and activity ideas for every day of advent. Perfect ideas for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.


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