Monday, November 17, 2014

24 Ideas to Fill Your Advent Calendar


Do you make an advent calendar? It's a fun way to fit in a little bit of extra fun and family time over the holiday season. I've seen calendars filled with candy or little toys. We have one that tells the Christmas story over the course of 24 tiny books. Other advent calendars are filled with fun little activities. If that's the kind of advent calendar you're looking for, then you're in luck. Here are 24 activities to add to your calendar. Click the links provided for more details.

Day 1: Decorate your Christmas tree
Day 5: Put on the Christmas tunes and have a dance party!
Day 7: Play in the snow! If you don't have any, you can make some snow dough like this from Buggy and Buddy.
Day 8: Make gifts for neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Try these hot chocolate spoons from The Nerd's Wife or this gift of dishes from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke.
Day 10: Use footprints to decorate your own wrapping paper. Check out this fun idea at Skip to My Lou.
Day 11: Make hot chocolate and watch a favorite Christmas movie.


Day 13: Play some Christmas word games. I've got some fun choices for you here
Day 14: Create a time capsule Christmas ornament. Find the instructions at Barefeet on the Dashboard.
Day 16: Build a snowman - on your window. Check out this fun idea from The Train Driver's Wife.
Day 18: Have a Christmas carol sing-along.
Day 20: Drive around town and look at all the beautiful Christmas lights. 
Day 23: Snack on hot chocolate popcorn from Chocolate Moosey. Oh, and watch another favorite Christmas movie!
Day 24: Read the Christmas story from the Bible.

What ideas would you add to an advent calendar?

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Balloons over Broadway: Book and Craft


We try every year to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV. Sometimes we're able to see the whole thing and other years we see bits and pieces. I've been watching it ever since I was a child and I love to pass the fun along to my girls. This year we learned a little about the history of the parade and the man who originally created the concept of the balloons. Then, we made our own Thanksgiving craft by making our own parade balloons.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Turkey Suncatchers


We've been on a bit of a suncatcher kick lately. I love to see them hanging in the window. Even on the cloudiest days, they can bring in a bit of cheery sunlight. Our turkey suncatchers were such an easy Thanksgiving craft to make and so much fun.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gratitude Journals


Every November, in anticipation of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I start thinking about gratitude. I do, and certainly should, think about it all year long. But, in November, I always like to clear my head before the busyness of the Christmas season and think about all that I am thankful for. I try to pull my girls into these conversations too. We talked about gratitude around the dinner table. We read books and filled thankful jars. This year, I made a couple of simple gratitude journals to jump start the conversation. 

The journals are very easy to make and are the perfect craft for your older child, tween, or even teen.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

10 Great Thanksgiving Books for Kids


Every year, I come across new and fantastic Thanksgiving books. This list is a collection of both new and old favorites that we've discovered. Some are in our own personal library and some have been checked out from our public library. And, there are some that really need to be added to our personal library.

Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving books. What are yours?

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