Christmas activities for toddlers – Our alternative Christmas Activity Advent Calendar

Christmas, Parenting

This year I’m being a right meany of a mummy and sticking away from chocolate Advent calendars. I figure Toddler H doesn’t yet know that they exist and so why provide her with that knowledge until she finds out for herself. So instead we have our home decorated  Hobbycraft calendar which I’ve filled with lots of Christmas activities, a few chocolate coins and a little treat present for H every once in a while. I plan to pop each activity in the night before so they are easy to achieve and we actually can carry them out. I’ve 30 Christmas activities in my list, so on some days we will have two activities and there might be a couple of activities we don’t manage this year. 

So what Christmas activities do we have lined up for our Christmas Activity Advent Calendar?…

Christmas activities for the toddler’s advent calendar 

1. Read the nativity story

2. Draw ‘Christmas’ pictures to go in with the Christmas cards

3. Visit Father Christmas in a Grotto (Highfield Garden Centre for us this year)

Visit Santa Christmas activity advent calendar - alternative advent calendar ideas for toddler
4. Make stars for the Christmas tree

5. Watch a The Snowman 

6. Make a Christmas tree tree decoration

7. Bring out singing Santa 

8. Sing carols

9. Decorate the (some of the) tree

Decorate the Christmas tree Christmas activity advent calendar - alternative advent calendar ideas for toddler
10. Decorate the house 

11. Chocolate coins day (one each)

12. Make christmas handprint trees 

13. Christmas jumper day 

14. Make snowflakes

15. Visit a garden centre (Christmas at Highfield Garden Centre)

Winter wonderland at Highfield garden centre Gloucester/cheltenham -  Christmas activity advent calendar - alternative advent calendar ideas for toddler
16. Make Christmas Pom Poms

17. Go on a Christmassy adventure 

18. Make a gingerbread house

Decorate a gingerbread house  Christmas activity advent calendar - alternative advent calendar ideas for toddler
19. Post the Christmas cards

20. Go to a Christmas party

21. Make salt dough ornaments 

22. Go to a winter wonderland (aka anywhere Christmassy!) 

23. Watch a Christmas film (16 Christmas films for toddlers)

Watch a Christmas film  Christmas activity advent calendar - alternative advent calendar ideas for toddler
24. Make a biscuit/gingerbread reindeer and snowmen 

25. Make up the nativity scene

26. Make Christmas handprint reindeer 

27. Go to a carol service 

28. Go on an adventure to look at Christmas lights

29. Go to a Christmas Eve service and make a treat for Santa 

30. Have a Christmas hot chocolate treat 

Hot chocolate Christmas activity advent calendar - alternative advent calendar ideas for toddler

Have a lovely Christmas advent everyone and a very Merry Christmas X

Christmas Activity Advent Calendar

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    Phil & Alli
    December 5, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Love this! Sooo much better than just candy. Shared. Thank you. 🙂

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    mummy here and here
    December 6, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Fan ideas to help get you in the festive spirit X #bloggersbest

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    MMT
    December 8, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    This is amazing and I kinda wish I’d read it last night as planned – been stuck in with a poorly toddler and could have pulled some of these out of the bag…instead we watched TV most of the day and got pretty bored!
    There’s still time, and these ideas are well and truly PINNED!
    Have a wonderful Christmas lovely xx
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

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    Kate Holmes
    December 11, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Love this and will be taking inspiration for my teenagers and tween to get back to the magic of Christmas so huge thanks from me #BigPinkLink

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    Kate Holmes
    December 11, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Oh and if you would like your linkys adding to my list on my blog please let me know
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    Baby Isabella
    December 11, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Great ideas and we’ve just recently completed a gingerbread house – it was a real labour of love and nearly took as long as building a house!! #BigPinkLink

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    Helena
    December 12, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Love a good list. We’ve steered clear of chocolate calendars this year too. #coolmumclub

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    Louise Pink Pear Bear
    December 17, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    Oh how lovely! What cool ideas and I really love the thought of a no choc calendar. Thanks for joining us at the #bigpinklink this week.

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