Advent Calendar Activities For Kids

Hi everyone!

My name is Jingles and I’ve hijacked Amy’s blog to tell you about my advent calendar activities I have planned for her kids.

Santa sent me to this family so I could give them a fun activity or a treat every morning until Christmas.

I want to tell you all about it so your elf could do this with your kids too!

Oh boy, are we going to have so much fun!

I know you’re a busy parent so I’m going to tell you exactly what to do and what supplies to pick up. I even made some pretty printables for you of all the activities!

advent calendar activities ideas for kids

what to do

Aside from being the Lee family’s elf by day, I also have to help Santa at the North Pole at night.

So to make these activities really easy, here is what I did…

  • Download, print and cut out the Advent Calendar Activity Cards and Activity Names (below)
  • Put the fun materials we need for each day in a paper bag.
  • Stick on the Activity Name that goes with each bag with some glue.
  • Put each Activity Card in an envelop and address it to the kids.
  • Paper clip the envelop to the right bag.

advent calendar ideas for kids

Now that all my bags are sorted, I could pick and choose which activity I want to bring them each day.

If I know Amy will be making pizza tomorrow night, then I just grab the Christmas Pizza bag. If I know the kids will have a busy day tomorrow, I might bring them a bag of reindeer poop. I think you humans call this chocolate covered almonds? Yuck!

Oh, and on the very first day, I even have a letter for Elle and Jay to introduce myself.

I think they’ll love me =)

Advent Calendar Activities Printables

advent calendar activities for kids

Here are the printables you need to download and print out. All 24 activities are on there.

I’ve Listed All 24 Activities With My Intro

Well hello kids!

I’m Jingles and I’m your Christmas elf!

Santa sent me here so I could give you a fun activity or a treat every morning until Christmas. I get to stay with you all day and adventure with you. At night when you’re sleeping, I go back to the North Pole to help Santa. But don’t worry, I’ll be back the next day with another surprise!

Your elf and partner in adventure
Jingles

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chocolates on the run

Oh no, kids! I had a treat for you but something happened and I need your help!

While you were sleeping last night, I was at the North Pole making chocolates with my friends and we made lots and lots of it. I know how much you kids like chocolate so I brought you some.

I put them in this paper bag but when we got to your house, the Chocolates were so excited to be a new place they jumped out of the bag and went exploring in your house! They ran off everywhere! I tried to chase them but I’m too tired from staying up all night so I need your help to get them back in the bag. Don’t forget to share the Chocolates with your mom and dad when you find them all!

santa pancakes

Did you know we elves LOVE to eat pancakes for breakfast? We make ours in all different fun shapes like snowmen, reindeers and Santa, which is my favourite shape! So today, I brought you some things we use to make Santa pancakes!!! Go on, have fun with this! I can’t wait to see what your Santa looks like!

In the bag: handful of chocolate chips or blueberries for eyes, whipped cream, strawberries or red jam for hat/nose/santa’s hat

fizzy bomb

Ohhh! Today I have a present for you from Mrs. Claus! Every night, Mrs Claus likes to take a bath before she goes to bed. She would put one of these in her tub of warm water and it would fizz like crazy. The bath bomb makes the bath smells wonderful too! I told Mrs. Claus you like to take baths too and she wanted to share one of her bath bombs with you. Enjoy!

In the bag: a yummy smelling bath bomb

its my birthday!

Children! It’s my birthday today!!! Can you guess how old I am? I’m 235!

To celebrate, I brought you some party supplies to have a party! Make sure you ask your mom and dad to get a birthday cake for me, ok?

In the bag: streamers, balloons, party hats, noise makings. You’ll also need a cake with your elf’s name on it.

white edible playdough recipe

north pole snowman

Did you know every year we have a Snowman Building Contest? We elves get into teams of 4’s and which ever team builds a 5 foot snowman first wins!

I know you don’t have snow where you are right now so I brought you some North Pole play dough for you to play along. Have fun!

In the bag: sparkly snowman playdough (white playdough recipe here), toothpick for arms, whole cloves or googly eyes for eyes, ribbon for scarf

snowman poop

Did you know in the North Pole, one of my job as Santa’s helper is to clean up after the snowmen? I don’t know what they eat but these guys poop all the time and everyday I have to pick up after them! Then the other day, I saw one of you humans eating this stuff!!! I think you guys call them powered donut holes? You humans are so weird!

Well, one elf’s trash is another human’s treasure so here, I brought you a bag of snowman poop. Enjoy!

In the bag: powdered donut holes

magic candy cane

Hey kids, would you like to grow your own candy cane? I thought you might! Santa and I were growing some and we have some seeds left over. I brought you some along with some magic North Pole snowflakes. Here’s what you need to do…

  1. Put the magic seeds in a cup.
  2. Cover the seeds with some ice cubes from your freezer. You can fill it up to the top.
  3. Sprinkle on some North Pole snowflakes.
  4. Now put the cup in the closet.
  5. You have to leave it in there for 24 hours and you can’t peek! Candy canes are VERY shy when they are growing and if they don’t have their privacy, they wouldn’t grow.
  6. In 24 hours, your magical seeds will grown into swirly candy canes!

In the bag: 5 red and white peppermints, some white paper circles from a hole punch, 5 red and white candy canesadvent calendar ideas for kids

reindeer poop

I can’t believe you humans like to EAT this stuff! Here, this is Rudolph’s poop. I hope you like it. ( YUCK!!! )

In the bag: chocolate covered almonds

christmas tree hunt

Kids, I know you’ll be really excited with what we’re going to do today!

You’re going to the tree farm to get your own Christmas tree! I know there’ll be an open fire there so I brought you some marshmallows for roasting. Oooh, can’t wait to see the lucky tree you picked out!

In the bag: marshmallows, roasting sticks

dec the tree

What a lovely tree you kids have picked out! I really want to help you decorate it so I brought some ornaments for you. Make sure you play some merry Christmas tunes while you’re beautifying your tree!

In the bag: some Christmas ornaments

loaded hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is one of our favourite drinks here at the North Pole. I always put in LOTS of whipped cream and sprinkle on lots of crushed candy canes on top. Have fun making your own!

In the bag: mini marshmallows, candy cane, whip cream

cookies for santa

What is Santa’s favourite food? You got it! Cookies and milk!!!

Let’s bake some for him today! He LOVES chocolate chip cookies so I bought you lots of chocolate chips to put in the cookies.

In the bag: chocolate chips

christmas story

Kids! Sometimes at night in the North Pole, we gather around the fire place and Mrs. Claus reads us a story before bed time. I brought you one of my favourite Christmas stories for you to read. I hope you like it just as much as I.

In the bag: a christmas story book

christmas pizza

I overheard your mom said yesterday that you’ll be having pizza for dinner today.

We elves LOVES pizza too! When we make ours, we make it Christmassy by putting on all red and green toppings. We also put on lots of veggies because it keeps us strong and gives us lots of energy to make toys. I brought you some of my favourite toppings to put on your pizza!

In the bag: any red and white veggies

candy cane share

Morning children! Santa and I grew some candy canes and I want to share some with you and your friends. I think it’ll make your friends very happy to receive this special treat!

In the bag: candy canes

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light scouting

Who doesn’t LOVE Christmas light displays this time of the year??? Go out and look at some amazing Christmas light displays in your area. I brought you some special treats to keep the drive more interesting.

In the bag: some healthy treats for the kids

you have been elfed!

Kids, let’s play a game called You’ve Been Elfed and spread the Christmas joy.

We’ll leave something yummy for 2 of your neighbours to find on their door step. We’ll also leave them the You Have Been Elfed poem and a picture of an elf so they can bring joy to 2 other neighbours of theirs.

By the end of the season, your whole neighbour would be elfed!

In the bag: 2 You Have Been Elfed! poem, 2 elf pictures, 2 batches of treats (probably baked goods)

dance party

One of our favourite things to do in the North Pole is to have a dance party after dinner! We put on some Christmas tunes and dance around in the living room. Here are some streamers and balloons to throw your own dance party!

In the bag: streamers, balloons

snowman poop

Did you know in the North Pole, one of my job as Santa’s helper is to clean up after the snowmen? I don’t know what they eat but these guys poop all the time and everyday I have to pick up after them! Then the other day, I saw one of you humans eating this stuff!!! I think you guys call them powered donut holes? You humans are so weird!

Well, one elf’s trash is another human’s treasure so here, I brought you a bag of snowman poop. Enjoy!

In the bag: powdered donut holes

christmas ornaments

You guys did a really great job decorating your Christmas tree. Do you know what would make it sparkle even more? Some handmade ornaments! My favourite is the ones that look like cookies called Salt Dough Ornaments.

Your mom knows how to make it and she has all the ingredients in her kitchen. Just for fun, I brought you some cookie cutters and string.

In the bag: cookie cutters, pretty string

To make these ornaments, Kiwi Crate’s DIY section has the instructions. If you’re a busy parent and want a Christmas gift for your kids that’ll keep their little hands busy at the same time be educational, Kiwi Crate will be your best friend. They’ll mail your child a craft kit every month with all the supplies. They’ll also mail them a great magazine for more things to do and read. Amy wrote a really informative review here. Check it out.

floating snowflakes

Kids! Let’s get crafty and decorate your home with snowflakes!

In the bag: white paper in various sizes, fishing line or string

christmas movie

I think watching a Christmas movie around Christmas time is a tradition for everyone. I brought you some popcorn to go with your favourite Christmas movie.

In the bag: popcorn, popcorn seasoning

christmas gratitudes

Who are the people in your life that you’re thankful for? Let’s show them how much you love and appreciate them by sending them a special message.

I brought some Christmas cards and markers for you. Make sure you tell them what you love about them and you can even draw them a little picture too =)

In the bag: Some Christmas cards, markers

slumber party

Who doesn’t love a slumber party? Today, instead of sleeping in your beds, all of you guys get to sleep in the living room!

And what good is a party without streamers and balloons?

In the bag: christmas lights

board game night!

You know how much we elves LOVE to have fun, right? One thing we do at night after dinner is we’d sit around a table and play board games! Here, I brought you one of my favourites! Have fun!

In the bag: a board game

Experiential Advent Calendar

advent calendar kid activities

Last year, Amy also did an advent calendar based on experiences. It actually didn’t work out that well since her and Elle got sick and didn’t do half the activites…but you can have a look here and there are also printables for that too.

If you’re looking for more advent activities involving an elf, check out what Carl the Elf and Bernard the Christmas Elf are up to.

xoxo Jingles

 

Brooke Takhar -

Holy amazingness Amy! Thank you so much for this incredible post!

Mindy Hansen -

great post. I get a lot of kids Christmas activities from this website http://www.friend.lds.org

Nicky Leah -

Brilliant post, thank you xx

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