Even though we had a full week after Thanksgiving before Advent began I have to admit there wasn't much I did to get ready. Any time we can spend with Dad we absolutely do! Luckily, I had ordered my candles several weeks ago and, of course, our Advent/Winter term was ready before Thanksgiving. The kids enjoyed their first week already. But over the weekend I realized I hadn't purchased or put up an Advent countdown calendar. The kids always enjoy the treat but really I'm not enjoying having six of them around anymore (maybe that was my procrastination). ; D
What to find in my craft drawers that I could turn into just one calendar? ... board, push pins, rubber stamps, garland and candy!!! With the help of the kids this is what I came up with:
We took a pin board; decorated it with a garland and stamped some pocket pillows from the craft store. These were on a clearance bin over the summer and I couldn't resist the price. I'm glad I've found use for them. Each pillow is filled with six treats the kids get to enjoy:
I'm having the kids replace the candy with a piece of paper. They can write a word or more about something good they've done or seen that particular day. A sort of good deeds/things collection spot. There it is a quick put together Advent countdown calendar for our family.
I'll be back later to share our Advent/Winter term books and nature study table ; )