Kids Crafts Club Newsletter November 2016 Issue

Getting Kids Ready for Christmas

Well, it is almost time to start decorating for Christmas. Some people start the last weekend in November. Others wait until the first of December. For children it is hard waiting until it is time to unwrap all of the presents. They will repeatedly ask if it is Christmas yet. Having a daily activity or countdown calendar can help them understand that the day will come but it takes time - - almost a month.

advent wreath

A lot of the countdown calendars involve candy. Here is a simple wreath that has twenty-four activities. A lot of the activities involve doing something nice for someone else. Other projects are meant to do as a family. Download and print the PDF here.  (the page will open in a separate window.)

Below are the 24 activities that are in the PDF.

  • Set the table
  • Draw a picture for your mom
  • Be kind to your sister or brother
  • Bake Christmas cookies
  • Make a card
  • Put your toys away without being asked
  • Look at Christmas lights
  • Wash the dishes without being asked
  • Visit someone
  • Watch a Christmas video
  • Listen to Christmas music
  • Tell someone you love them
  • Sweep the kitchen floor
  • Ask if you can help decorate the tree
  • Make a Christmas ornament
  • Ask if you can give some homemade cookies to your neighbor
  • Sing a Christmas carol
  • Give a toy away to charity
  • Feed the dog or cat
  • Make a bookmark for someone
  • Read a Christmas story
  • Eat a Christmas cookie
  • Go to bed early
  • Hang up your Christmas stocking

Each family is a little different. You can write your own twenty-four ideas if you want.

Here is the simple advent wreath that your kids can make

You will need;

  • Paper plate
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Paint (optional)


punch holes in plate

First cut the center out of the paper plate.

Punch twenty-four holes around the outside of the plate 1/2 inches from the rim.

From the center punch holes that line up with the first holes. The holes are 1 inch for the center there will be 1/2 inch between the holes. You not want the holes too close to the edges or each other.

paint the plate

Paint the plate if you want.

Cut twenty-four pieces of yarn 12 inches long.

Print out the 24 Christmas Activity page. (the page will open in a separate window) Cut out each of the sentence. Make a hole. Fold the strips of paper in half.

add the yarn to the plate

Thread the yarn through one of the activities and two of the holes on the plate. Tie in a bow. Continue until you have twenty-four bows.

For each day in December have your child untie a bow and do the activity.

Christmas is a fun time to do crafting. You can find more ideas to make here. Your kids can make nativity sets, Santa, reindeer, Christmas trees, and angels.

Hope your family has a great Christmas.

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