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24 Christmas Advent Activities for Toddlers

Looking for simple and sweet advent activities to do with your toddler? Try these 24 suggestions!

After I made a DIY advent calendar (for a whopping $2.50), I needed some daily advent activities to go along with it.

These are the advent activities I’ve picked out for our advent calendar this year.

There are a lot of easy, small projects because Ella loves doing “art projects,” and I thought they’d be fun for her to do a couple of them with my mom while she’s out here helping with the new baby, but I didn’t want anything too complicated or expensive (aka, something I won’t be willing to recycle after Christmas).

I also threw in a few games, one movie, and a few projects that will involve the baby.

Also, Grandparents? The ones that have to do with you, pretend to be surprised when they happen. Many thanks.

I bought and assembled all the supplies earlier this month so that every activity is ready for the day of (you can only imagine the pile of STUFF that is currently occupying the top of my dryer).

Advent Activities for Toddlers

24 Christmas Advent Activities for Toddlers

  1. Make bracelets for grandmas
  2. Make paper snowflakes
  3. Button cards to send to great-grandparents
  4. Cinnamon Ornaments
  5. Make a giant snowflake
  6. Don’t Eat Pete! 
  7. Thumb Prints art project
  8. Handprint ornaments of Ella and the baby
  9. Call grandparents and sing Jingle Bells
  10. Watch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  11. Make a Christmas tree forest
  12. Make peppermint wreaths
  13. Make bird feeders
  14. Christmas Feet Reindeer
  15. Make orange and clove pomanders
  16. Make muffins for friends
  17. Play Christmas Memory
  18. Hide objects in a stocking – make her guess by touch
  19. Decorate cardboard gingerbread men
  20. Plant a little herb pot
  21. Button ornament wreath
  22. Nativity Magnets
  23. Make a snowglobe
  24. Make a Christmas Village

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  • Reply Ash November 29, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Awesome! I'm so glad you included the Grinch… That's one of my favorites 🙂

  • Reply Rhi November 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Great ideas! Saving this for next year.

  • Reply Katrina Rose November 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    You are so organized! Very impressed. And those cinnamon ornaments will smell amazing.

  • Reply preethi November 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    These ideas are all adorable. I'm just finishing up my advent calendar (might blatantly copy you and do a post on it) and am stealing several of these.

  • Reply Carly November 29, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    AND you're having a baby? I clicked through every idea (since I'm plannign on going through out advent of activities today or tomorrow (those are my only on-time options, right?) and add some new ones. But MAN, I'm not even going to pretend I'm willing or able to that many crafts with my little crew. I think maybe two of them. Last year our activities included things like drink hot chocolate and learn a new christmas song. Not anything involving glitter. I feel inspired by the fact that you are doing multiple glitter projects AND having a baby. I guess having grandma there will help :). Have fun!

  • Reply lindseycragun November 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Lucky Ella! She will have a blast with these activities!

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy November 30, 2012 at 12:29 am

    Clever girl. I bought the Lego Star Wars advent calendar this year. I bet my kids love me as much as yours seems to after they open it. Darth Maul is Santa Claus. So I'll pretty much be the coolest.

  • Reply Science Teacher Mommy November 30, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I must add, however, that I made a cute one out of scrapbook paper last year . . . more along the lines of Christmas crackers that the kids loved. They had Legos in them too.

  • Reply MStrasser November 30, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I did this last year and wanted to add a few new things to this year's calendar! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Camille November 30, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I just had the same reaction as Carly up there (including the glitter thing. Both glitter and play dough are dangerous at our house!) That is one lofty list!
    You're secretly on speed, aren't you? 😉

    p.s. Can't wait for the new little one! I've been on the lookout for news while scrolling through fb every night.

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