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4 different Advent calendar ideas

4 different Advent calendar ideas

We all know the chocolate-filled Advent calendars sold everywhere right after Halloween (and sometimes even before that). Of course, children love getting to eat a piece of chocolate daily as they wait for Christmas, but there are ways to modify this tradition that can be just as attractive to little ones. Read on to discover 4 different Advent calendar ideas. If you are interested in being innovative this year, they are sure to inspire you.


The little pleasures Christmas tree


You will need:

  • 24 envelopes
  • 1 crayon
  • 24 cards

To begin, number the envelopes from 1 to 24. On each card, write a little pleasure or a small surprise. Insert one card in each envelope. Arrange the envelopes on a wall in the form of a Christmas tree. Every day, open the envelope corresponding to the date and read the card. Enjoy the suggested little pleasure or treat.


Christmas ornaments with personalized surprises


You will need:

  • Colorful construction paper
  • String
  • Crayons
  • A tree or tree branches

To begin, cut 24 Christmas ornament shapes out of the construction paper. Punch a hole out of the top of each ornament and thread a piece of string through the hole. Knot the ends of the string together. Write a number on one side of each ornament so that they are numbered from 1 to 24. On the other side of each ornament, write a small treat or reward. Hang the ornaments in a tree or from tree branches you have arranged in a bucket. Every day from December 1st to December 24th, encourage children to find the ornament of the day to discover their surprise.


The Advent jar


You will need:

  • A glass or plastic jar
  • Christmas ribbon, stickers, and pompoms
  • Glue
  • 24 Christmas gift tags

First, take a few minutes to decorate your jar with the ribbon, stickers, and pompoms. Children can help you with this step. Once your jar is decorated, write a small surprise or special activity on each gift tag and insert them in the jar. Every day, children pick a gift tag out of the jar to discover their special surprise or activity.


Candy surprises


You will need:

  • 24 empty toilet paper rolls
  • Christmas wrapping paper
  • 24 small cards
  • Ribbon

Begin by writing a simple privilege on each card. Slide one card inside each empty toilet paper roll. Cut 24 pieces of wrapping paper and use them to wrap the toilet paper rolls, making sure you leave at least 5 cm of paper on either side of each roll. Use pieces of ribbon to knot each end to make them look like oversized candy pieces. Children will love unwrapping a surprise each day!


I hope you have a wonderful Advent season with your group!


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