Last year was the first year we made our very own advent calendar. We made a clothes pin advent calendar because I was crazy over those little rustic looking pegs. This year, I made a magnetic advent calendar because I had just gone crazy at Daiso buying magnetic tape and magnetic tacks and was devising ways to put those magnetic thingies to good use. Bottomline, I think I’m just a tad mad.
Anyway, to make the magnetic Christmas tree advent calendar, basically, I taped 3 pieces of A3 green construction paper together then drew in the tree (vertical for the topmost piece and horizontal for the other two). Then I used a sheet of drawing block for the ‘snow’ and a sheet of brown construction paper (cut to size) for the trunk. And the star is made from a sheet of yellow foam. And I stuck magnetic tape to some parts of the tree and star. Everything was drawn freehand so there are no measurements to share 😀 As for the important numbered baubles for jotting down the advent activities, I decided to re-use the Christmas-themed paper baubles I recycled from a Christmas project box from last year.
All I did was to write down the advent activities on the baubles (which I’ll be sharing in a separate post tomorrow) and I placed a magnet tack behind each of them. This was something my girl could help with.
The best part about this advent calendar? The kids can decorate and re-decorate the Christmas tree as they please, as many times as they want. My little boy wasn’t so interested and walked away after awhile but my girl did it several times over in one sitting.
We will be using some of the previous ideas from last year’s list of advent activities this year as we didn’t manage to complete every single one of the crafts, and we’ll definitely be doing the annual handprint Christmas tree as a keepsake. Last year, I didn’t have courage to do it with my fidgety and unpredictable boy but this year, I’m pretty sure he’ll manage to do it just fine because he has grown to love doing art and craft, just like his sister!
Check back tomorrow for our advent activities 2013! 😀
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