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December Advent Calendar for Kids

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How to plan a December Advent Calendar for Kids with items that are useful, cheap and productive. I wanted our December Bucket List to include Free Fun and Gift Making Projects. My kids loved all of the December Advent Calendar Activities and are still talking about them! Plus, I got them to help me with my December To-Do List!

I truly believe that my kids are at the most magical age this year. We are coming off of our best summer ever and heading right into the best winter. I mean… it’s been pretty darn good so far! The boys are now 6 and 4 {1 month away from 5} and are capable of a LOT. This year seemed like the perfect time to commit to a December Advent Calendar. But, not the ones that are full of candy, the bucket list style where you open a new task every day.

December Advent Calendar

Around Thanksgiving, the boys and I sat down and brainstormed a list of activities to do in the month of December. They were very excited to choose their own activities; Cash with a Photoshoot in pajamas and {my photography enthusiast} and Wyatt chose to paint and do penguin races.

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How to plan a December Advent Calendar for Kids with items that are useful, cheap and productive. I wanted our December Bucket List to include Free Fun and Gift Making Projects. My kids loved all of the December Advent Calendar Activities and are still talking about them! Plus, I got them to help me with my December To-Do List!

I’ve been documenting our December Advent Calendar on Instagram and I’ve had so many people ask me for our list. So, here it is! You can download our list, cut off the numbers and rearrange them if you want or even make up a few of your own.

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If you’re getting a late start or have a smaller Advent Calendar you can simply pick your favorite 12 and do those.

I have also created a December Advent Calendar Amazon list for you to reference and find the resources to complete the days. Plus, If I’ve written a post about this activity on the blog before I’ve linked through to the post.

Download the PDF version of our list HERE

How to plan a December Advent Calendar for Kids with items that are useful, cheap and productive. I wanted our December Bucket List to include Free Fun and Gift Making Projects. My kids loved all of the December Advent Calendar Activities and are still talking about them! Plus, I got them to help me with my December To-Do List!
How to plan a December Advent Calendar for Kids with items that are useful, cheap and productive. I wanted our December Bucket List to include Free Fun and Gift Making Projects. My kids loved all of the December Advent Calendar Activities and are still talking about them! Plus, I got them to help me with my December To-Do List!

Our December List

Make a Christmas Countdown Chain
Write a Letter to Santa
Donate a Box of Toys
Decorate the Christmas Tree
Christmas Movie Marathon- Grinch & Popcorn
Hang some Christmas Lights
Christmas Movie Marathon- Frosty & Soda Floats
Bedroom Lights Party & Jammie Photoshoot
Coffee Filter Snowflakes
Snowman Scavenger Hunt
Go smell Christmas candles at Target
Bring home holiday Library Books
Watch a Christmas movie you’ve never seen
Bake some Christmas goodies
Hand paint a Christmas Gift
Crush a Chocolate Christmas Orange
Christmas Movie Marathon – Rudolph & Christmas Cookies
Wrap some presents
Hot Cocoa & Christmas Books
Make a Gingerbread House
Christmas Character Puppet Show
Give goodies to the neighbors
Go to the Theatre for a December Date Night
Bedroom Snowball Fight
Set out Milk & Cookies for Santa + carrots for the reindeer
Call your grandparents and tell them you LOVE them
How to plan a December Advent Calendar for Kids with items that are useful, cheap and productive. I wanted our December Bucket List to include Free Fun and Gift Making Projects. My kids loved all of the December Advent Calendar Activities and are still talking about them! Plus, I got them to help me with my December To-Do List!

If you have new ideas please leave them in the comments below on this post so others can read them. I did have to tailor our list to reflect a few points including the fact that we do not have snow yet and I wanted to keep the “buying” to a minimum.

A few of my list items, Target Candle trip, and Handpainting Gifts doubled as ways to shop for the family. At our Target trip, we picked candles for all the grandmas and aunts. While we handpainted our gifts for uncles and grandpas. So make your list useful. I avoided giving myself “one more thing to do” and instead motivated the boys with ways they could help. Good luck Moms! #GoTeam


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    1. Those are all great additions! The boys totally helped with the Christmas cards anyway so I’ll add that next year! I think I’ll put a Christmas puzzle on there next year too.

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