It’s just over a week until the beginning of December!
Be inspired by these 10 wonderful ideas for making your own advent countdown calendar, just in time!
found at the following inspirational places……
Do you have another idea for an easy advent calendar? Please share it with us!
Kate @ Puddles and Gumboots says
Oh so many great ideas here! Thanks for including mine
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I’ve made 24 envelopes out of patterned paper, written the numbers 1 to 24 on them and bought some mini wooden pegs. I’m going to hang some twine on the fire place and peg the envelopes to it. Inside each envelope is going to be an activity for that day. There’s going to be some baking, craft activities, going to pantomine, christingle, buying the tree, watching the snowman dvd with popcorn, reading christmas stories, making bird food etc. I’ve managed to get our final 24 activities sorted! I’m really looking forward to it!
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
helen, that sounds perfect! Simple, beautiful and full of meaningful content 🙂 We have just finished our activity list too and I will be publishing that latter in the week. I love the idea of popping them into envelopes- lovely!
What a wonderful collection! Thank you so much for including our Countdown Tree, Anna!
I love that the variety of Advent Calendars is endless! Thanks for including mine! 🙂
Jamie @ hands on : as we grow says
Oooo, great ideas! We’ve never done one yet, so this looks like a great place to start and get some inspiration 🙂
i was just searching for advent calendar ideas last night and decided to model mine for my son on this one: http://craftastica.blogspot.com/2008/11/recycle-bin-advent-calendar.html. all the above are great inspiration, too!
Just found your blog and love it. I am always looking out for new activities and toys for my 10 month old that aren’t just ‘plastic’ and provide new stimulation. I liked the pictures of your treasure baskets, we too have loads of those.
You might like my brother in laws blog (abcdoes.com) he is an early years consultant and has some great ideas – that is where I get most of my inspiration,
Thanks and I will keep following!
This is a great roundup of ideas! They are all so beautiful! Ours will be very simple this year, but I hope to get ideas for a more permanent one for next year! Thanks for doing the work of finding inspiration for us! Great post. I’ve pinned, stumbled and shared. 🙂
maggy, red ted art says
I am making a baby sock calendar this year 🙂 I think it is the most adorable idea EVER!
Lovely ideas!!! Must keep them in mind.
Our little man loves his curious George soft toy and all the books. So we are taking pictures of George in all sorts of daily activities such as reading a book, brushing his teeth, eating bnana, on the slide, in the sand pit etc. we are writing little stories on each picture on the back and wrap them in paper, put a numer on and peg them on a string in his room. Excited if h will like it, but anyhow we are having fun making it!
I love you ideas. Ours is similar to the Martha Stewart one. Using some of our scrap fabric, I made 25 little stockings that we fill with treats. We also have a slip of paper with a special activity for the day. I have listed our ideas on my blog
what cute calendars! i did a post about advent calendar stuffer ideas:
emily @morefromthemoorefamily says
We had a craft day and made mini-muffin tin Advent Calendars. So much fun!
critters and crayons says
This is a beautiful roll-up! I love all the ideas! I actually think we might have to have multiple advent calendars this year! 🙂 Thank you for including ours!
I made my son a very simple one with origami paper boxes this year (http://teachingbrady.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/advent-calendars-and-visual-schedules/), but I’m collecting mint tins to make a more permanent one next year similar to this on ( http://sassycrafter.blogspot.com/2008/11/christmas-countdown.html ), although I think I’ll make ours multicolored.
Anna @ The Imagination Tree says
Oh what gorgeous ideas you all have! SO creative!!
Nelly, yes I DO love his blog! thank you- I’ve seen it before but not read it for a while. Thanks for the reminder. He is so passionate about early years play 🙂
I LOVE Advent Calendars. You certainly have displayed some nice ones! When my 3 boys (now 25,19 and 17) were small I made up a rather primitive one that they adored. My youngest still enjoys counting off the days until Christmas with this calendar
despite the fact he’s not a child anymore and well over 6 feet tall. It’s almost time to put it up once again. You can get a glimpse of it, from a few years ago, posted in an old blog post…check it out here:
happy holidays 🙂
I’m doing a calendar, knitting numbered socks… Since a week and i’m in the middle of the work 🙂
I’ve just blogged about a rather easy Advent Calendar idea on my brand new blog!
Great ideas 🙂
I’m trying a new one this year, I’m going to decorate a small shoe box, then write the numbers 1-24 on post-it notes (maybe get my daughter to help!)
Each evening when she’s in bed, I’ll change the number to correspond to tomorrow’s date and put a little gift inside. I’m hoping she thinks the box is magically refilling!
Gift ideas so far are: birdseed and pinecones (to make feeders with that day); a note that promises an extra bedtime story; a bag of salt and pictorial instructions to make salt dough tree decorations… along with a few days of chocolate coins and Christmassy knickers!