Table of contents for Advent Calendar 2012
- Our Advent Calendar Ideas and Tips for Creating Your Own
- DIY Advent Calendar-Advent Day 1
- DIY Snowman Christmas Ornaments-Advent Day 2
- Mail a Letter to Santa-Advent Day 3
- Hot Chocolate Taste Test Experiment-Advent Day 4
- Christmas Tree Cones-Advent Day 5
- Felt Christmas Tree Ideas-Advent Day 6
- Mint Green Play Dough Christmas Trees-Advent Day 7
- Christmas Parade and DIY Parade Ideas-Advent Day 8
- Make a Gingerbread House-Advent Day 9
- Gingerbread Play Dough-Advent Day 10
- Felt Gingerbread Set-Advent Day 11
- Record Carols and Email to Family-Advent Day 12
- Polar Express Activities-Advent Day 13
- Peppermint Play Dough-Advent Day 14
- Christmas Play Date-Advent Day 15
- Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipes-Advent Day 16
- Ribbon Christmas Tree Craft-Advent Day 17
- Grinch Activities-Advent Day 18
- Ribbon Tree Christmas Cards-Advent Day 19
- Washable Santa’s Treat Plate-Advent Day 20
- Make Homemade Gifts-Advent Day 21
- Jingle Bell Streamers and The Nutcracker-Advent Day 22
- Christmas Pancakes-Advent Day 23
- PJs, Cocoa, and Christmas Lights-Advent Day 24
- Merry Christmas-Advent Day 25
We took it slow and easy today. The buddies who join us were a bit sick, and Tinker was a little worn out from our exciting weekend. And although I know I can’t express it well in words, I have a heavy heart and am just reflecting a lot right now. There was a lot of lounging, snuggling, movie time, and quiet play today.
This simple ribbon Christmas tree craft was a perfect compliment to our day. We are making ribbon trees that will be on the front of a few holiday cards that the kids will finish on Wednesday. I cut the ribbons in 1/2 inch increments. Then the kids got a little math practice as they put them in order from longest to shortest starting at the bottom. We also incorporated a little science by talking about the properties of the ribbons. Some are smooth. Others are bumpy. Some are sparkly, and some are dull. The kids are hearing and using a lot of wonderful vocabulary along the way.
We started this morning and every now and then the kids came over to make a new tree. We made as many as they felt like throughout the day, and I am sure the kids will love adding their own drawings and stickers to the inside of the cards later this week.
Ribbon Christmas Tree Craft
Check out these links for more ribbon Christmas tree inspiration.
Joyfully Weary gives a great description of the math learning that goes along with this craft.
The craft at Mrs. Lee’s Kindergarten incorporates dot painting white snow with Q-tips.
I also love the idea of turning this into a no-sew simple tree tee like the one on B. jane brewing.
What Christmas tree crafts are you doing this year?
Hands-On Holidays eBook-Get even more inspiration for your advent calendar.
Less stress, more connecting this holiday season? Yes, PLEASE!
From the arrival of fall to Halloween to Thanksgiving and Christmas, the last four months of the year can be a wonderful opportunity for making family memories and spending time together, but they can also be stressful as we try to collect ideas, recipes, and activities to try together.
Stephanie Morgan, founder of Modern Parents Messy Kids, a site that’s been voted Best Craft Blog in Parents Magazine and one of babble.com’s Top 50 Craft Mom Blogs, recently released a new eBook to help us have a little less stress and more time to connect with family this year.
Stephanie’s goal is to make it easier on all of us to enjoy the holidays with our kids. Hands-On Holidays is 100 pages full of her family’s very favorite ways to connect as a family over the holiday season. I love the convenience of having so many ideas in one place, and most of them are simple enough for even my toddler to participate in.
The book includes picture book suggestions, DIY decor, activities, and treats. Bonus sections also offer even more ideas to enjoy. Click here to view more details.
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