I recently found this link on Pinterest and knew that I wanted to link our traditional advent activities to books. (Each day in our advent calendar has some kind of special activity for the girls to do that day.) I mainly used the Craft Crow blog as a jumping-off point, looking through books that we already own and planning activities that connected to stuff we already had or activities we already do.
Here are the first set of readings and activities.
Dec 1 — Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, make paper snowflakes
Dec 2 — Bear Stays up for Christmas by Karma Wilson, drink homemade hot chocolate before bed
Dec 4 — If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff, make stovetop popcorn
Dec 5 — Santa Calls by William Joyce, write letters to Santa
Dec 6 — Christmas Cookies: Bite-Size Holiday Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, bake cookies
Dec 7 — Redheaded Robbie’s Christmas Story by Bill Luttrell, choose a toy (of theirs) to give away
Dec 8 — Let it Snow (Toot and Puddle) by Hollie Hobbie, make teacher gifts
Dec 9 — The Tale of Three Trees by Angela Elwell Hunt, draw images from the book on wood blocks (we happened to have these in the garage)
Dec 10 — The Baker’s Dozen: A Saint Nicholas Tale by Aaron Shepard, make scones
Dec 12 — Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry, go pick out a new ornament