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28 Days of Advent Calendar Activities

Advent calendar miniature house with one door open showing a wrapped toy and folded note.

Can you believe we’re near the end of 2018 already? Every year seems to go by quicker than the one before it. Especially when I think of how much my children have grown. My girl is already beginning to enter the pre-teen stage, which I’m not quite ready to accept. My son is curious about everything and anything and is like a sponge taking it all in. He also has an answer for everything. Lucky for us they both still enjoy Mom and Dad’s company, especially when the Advent calendar comes out! This year I’m sharing 28 days of Advent calendar activities that you can do at home with the fam, too.

Do you use an Advent calendar at home? We do, just not in the traditional way that it’s supposed to be done. The Advent countdown is all about the arrival of Jesus, but that isn’t the focus of our calendar. I do make it a point to include a few days of religious practice and reading stories about Jesus, but it isn’t the reason I set up ours every year.

In our home, the Advent calendar is used to bring us together.

Advent calendar activities listed on paper with small toy wrapped in colorful tissue paper tied with string.

As parents, we get so caught up in the day-to-day cycle of school, work, chores, dinner, and afterschool activities, that we forget to slow down and be present with our children. Including activities in our Advent calendar (the way we do it) encourages us to take a break from it all for a little bit each day during the busiest time of the year. These kids are growing so quickly that I don’t want to miss any of their young years, so I’m gonna keep on coming up with reasons to spend time with them while I can.

Advent calendar miniature house with one door open showing a wrapped toy and folded note.

These family-focused activities are always a hit.

The activities I’ve planned are simple, but there are a few that require some planning. They range from simply watching a movie with popcorn and tea, to making Gingerbread houses together. Some of them don’t require anything but a board game that everyone can play.

At the end of this post, you’ll see a link to download the list in PDF format. The list is ready to be printed on regular 8 1/2 x 11 paper and cut into individual activity cards. Each page has 6 activities. Use some of them or all of them, it’s up to you of course.

I’ve even included a blank one if you decide to add something different or prefer to hand write them. Add small candies or toys or whatever you want with the notes if you like. I usually add a combination of both. Last year I used candies. This year is a little different because my son happened to see the Lego Advent calendar at Target one day and asked for it every day since that day to buy it for him. So we did.

Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar

Star Wars Lego Advent Calendar

And since my girl isn’t into toys as much these days, it works out better for him to have his own toy themed calendar.

Don’t worry, he still participates in the activities each day. He’s so excited about his Lego calendar that he doesn’t even mind his sister being in charge of the original calendar. It’s a win for both!

Advent calendar house with 25 doors placed on a mantel with Chrismas decor.

And on that note, before you go, I’ll leave you with a peek of the pom-poms we made on the first day.

We’ve been having so much fun making these pom-poms. I honestly did not expect the kids to like making them as much as they did.

We used the Clover pom-pom maker that I found at Micheal’s craft store.

Pom Pom maker, pom poms, and a ball of yarn.

I hope you all have fun with some or all of these activities this year, and maybe even add a few of your own! Share them and tag me on Instagram if you do @spanglishspoon!

Advent calendar activities listed on paper with small toy wrapped in colorful tissue paper tied with string.

Now for that printable!

Click on the link below.

28 Advent Calendar Activities for The Whole Family