Advent Calendar Learning Activities ~ Today is December 1st! Many children will be starting to enjoy their Advent Calendars to countdown the twenty-five days to Christmas.
Today’s post is a little bit different because I am not sharing another DIY idea for making your own advent calendar. The one we use in our family was bought about twenty years ago at Costco.
Every year I buy milk chocolate miniatures that come in a Santa Claus and Snowman motif from Purdy’s. They are bite-sized morsels just enough to give a tasty treat of quality chocolate. This Advent Calendar filled with these chocolates has been a family tradition for many years. Even though my daughters are in their twenties, they still expect and look forward to it!
Unfortunately I never saw this particular advent calendar at Costco again after I bought it. I also bought this tree skirt that you see in this photograph in the post I wrote How To Decorate A Christmas Tree: Step-By-Step Photo Tutorial at the same time and it’s still gorgeous. We all know that Costco is one of those places that if you see something that you really like you almost have to buy it immediately because there is no guarantee it will still be there when you go back the next time.
Fortunately there are so many wonderful ideas for DIY Advent Calendars that many of my talented and creative bloggy friends have created. I have provided links for you to check them out to at the end of this post.
If you have been following me for a while and had a chance to read my About The Author page you will know that I was an elementary school teacher for over thirty years. I write that sometimes my ‘teacher hat’ will show itself in this blog and this is one of those times.
The purpose of this post is to provide you with some ideas for learning activities to add more fun and engagement with the advent calendar and your child. The Advent Calendar is based on numbers and I have created learning activities that are connected to each one. The intended outcome is to make learning connections with the numbers but to keep it fun and interesting. I called it ‘The Advent Calendar Learning Challenge’ and here is what it looks like…
I know it’s a busy time for everyone so every activity is designed with this in mind. Many of them can be done at the dinner table, while driving in the car, during daily homework time or as part of the bedtime routine. I tried to cover a range of subject and content areas covering a bit of Social Studies and Science as well as reading, listening, spelling, listening to music and lots of different math skills. If you and your child record the answers, then it also becomes a writing and penmanship learning activity.
Advent Calendar Learning Activities Printables
I didn’t provide an answer key because a lot of the questions are situational to your family and are quite open ended. What I did provide was a printable in PDF format of the questions for each day until December 25th. It’s in three pages and you are welcome to print it off. You can keep them intact as three pages or cut the questions apart and add them to the advent calendar to be part of the mystery each day. A couple of the questions require a one hundred chart, which I have also provided for you in a PDF format…
When I created the questions I also kept in mind the possible ages and ability levels. The younger children may have to have a little more help and guidance and I have provided some more challenging questions for the older children. Most of the questions can be answered without having to look things up. If a question isn’t easily answerable, it is amazing what can be found out through Google!
Here are some of my favourite DIY Advent Calendars…
I love how this DIY Advent Calendar is made from used toilet paper rolls! There is room to fill it a tasty treat. toy or trinket and a question from this Advent Calendar Learning Challenge!
This delightful Pottery Barn Inspired Advent Calendar is made from items from the dollar store! It too can be filled with little items and there is room for a folded-up question to answer from the learning challenge!
I also love this version of a Storybook Advent Calendar. It consists of a different Christmas story picture book wrapped up in plain brown paper and stored in a vintage suitcase. Including the Advent Calendar Learning Challenge after reading a Christmas story everyday till Christmas takes the Advent Calendar tradition to a whole new level.
As I mentioned earlier the Christmas season can be such a busy time! These Advent Calendar Learning Activities in the form of a fun challenge only take a few minutes a day. The Advent Calendar is a wonderful family tradition and hopefully this challenge will become part of that tradition every year too! I would love to hear how it went.
Happy learning with your child!