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 craft and activities count down.  Fun activities for every day of advent.

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Click on the images and links for full instructions for each activity. Have fun!

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

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.

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.  Here are a few of our favourites:

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

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 6th December using the address in this link you will get a reply from santa!

free printable santa letter

6th December- Make Christmas handprint and footprint keepsakes. Using a simple salt dough recipe you can make Christmas keepsakes that will last forever.  Don't forget to seal them with a coat of  mod podge (UK linkUS link)). Click here for full instructions on how to make these christmas keepsakes.

Christmas salt dough keepsakes

7th December- Make a Christmas wreath. Find a few ideas suitable for adults and kids on our Christmas wreath pinterest board.
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. 

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

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 norad santa

10th December- Read the nativity story and talk about the true meaning of Christmas. Take a look at this great list of nativity crafts and activities by My Mundane and Miraculous Life.

list of nativity crafts and activities

11th December- Make your own personalised gift wrap like this printed Christmas wrapping paper by Danya Banya.  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 by I Can Teach My Child

snowman crafts and activities for kids

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

Elf Yourself

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

Christmas playdough ideas

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

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

reindeer hot chocolate with free printable tag label

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 and keepsakes to get some inspiration. 

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

20th December- Have a bit of quiet time with these FREE christmas colourings by Red Ted Art or snuggle up under a blanket and watch a Christmas movie.  Elf is always the favourite in our house! 

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

personalised free message from santa portable north pole

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

23rd December- Make 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 I made last year.

Christmas eve box

24th December- 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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