Advent Calendar 2013

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 πŸ˜€ 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.

These are the colourful ‘baubles’. Lucky me that they are already nicely numbered for counting down to Christmas!

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.

Presenting our advent calendar 2013!:

We will be using some of the previous ideas from last year’s list ofΒ 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! πŸ˜€

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3 Responses to Advent Calendar 2013

  1. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum says:

    What a fantastic idea I love how it involves the children as well.

    Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Tots this week and just to let you know that I will be featuring this over on Rainy Day Mum this week.

  2. Debs- Learn with Play at Home says:

    Thanks for linking to Tuesday Tots. Love this idea! I’ve featured it on this weeks Tuesday Tots. πŸ™‚

  3. The Blue Desk says:

    I love this idea. It’s child size which is a bonus. Every year I look for new ways to make an Advent Calendar, and this will definitely be on the list for next year. Thanks for sharing!

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