Sasha loves to do different crafts, activities that involve sorting, paint, messy things. I wanted to do a fun advent craft/activity calendar for her so she could enjoy an activity every day during December. It also helps me to stay organize and not get in a panic mode when S is bored and I need to immediately come up with an activity for her. Our baby #2 is coming within a week so all activity had to be easy and simple, something I could pull off while taking care of a newborn. Advent craft calendar for a 2-year-old comes to the rescue.
I also thought it would be fun to receive a new task for a day in this fun box with Santa that I put to the wall with picture hanging strips.
Here is the list of things we plan to do in December. I'll be updating this post with pictures and descriptions as we go but feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions.
Day 1. Decorate cards for grandparents
Day 2. Felt tree
Day 3. Make a snowman from play dough
Day 4. Jingle bell sensory box ( paper shred and matching colors jingle bells)
Day 5. Cinnamon birds ornaments
Day 6. Make a snow dough (4 cups of baking soda and 1 cup of hair conditioner)
Day 7. Decorate wrapping paper
Day 8. Jingle bell sticks with pipe cleaners
Day 10. The Winter Book by Susanne Berner Rotraut
Day 11. Cut snowflakes from paper and put them on windows
Day 12. Yarn wrapped Xmas tree
(get in home depot green paint samples). Make a triangle Xmas tree shape. make cuts on the sides and wrap yarn around it
Day 13. Make salt dough ornaments.
Mix 4 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt, and 1.5 cups of water. Make round shapes using bowls, make holes in the ornaments using straws, and after that put them in the oven for 2 hours at 200 degrees. After they are done baking paint on them with acrylic paint)
Day 14. Sort snowflakes buttons by color
Day 16. Jingle bell drop and magnetic ward
Day 17. Decorate paper Christmas tree with playdough ( like game feeding chicken)
Day 18. Glue and sugar powder "painting" (polar bear, bunnies)
Day 19. Make cookies with a Christmas shaped cookie cutters
Day 20. Feed a snowman with food
Day 21. Make snowflakes with paint on paper and a potato cut in half
Day 22. Glue cotton balls to Santa's beard
Day 23. Color sorting with jingle bells
Day 24. "Save the animal".
Make an ice ball in a balloon, freeze a toy inside, put warm water on it
Day 25. Make a garland from paper (with glue)
Day 26. Make a graham cracker house
Day 27. Draw a snowy scene ( blue paper, white paint, evergreen trees)
Day 28. Make a winter snow globe. Glass jar, figurine, water, glycerin, snowflakes
Day 29. Decorate paper Christmas tree with round stickers ( draw lines)
Day 30. Snowman puzzle
Day 31. Paint an ice ball
If you are looking for a traditional advent calendar with small little things inside, check out my other post SMALL GIFTS ADVENT CALENDAR FOR A 2-YEAR-OLD GIRL
If you have other ideas of Christmas crafts, share it in comments. I'd love to get some inspiration 🙂