Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Toddler Advent Calendar

December is almost here and I wanted to start an Advent Calendar tradition this year. I looked around online for a calendar that would be good for a two year old but I couldn't find any I liked. I really wanted it to be a good learning tool as well as a countdown to Christmas. After some thinking I came up with a decorate your Christmas Tree calendar. Everyday we will read a card, sorry I didn't take any pictures yet still laminating, that has a number on one side and a little explanation about Christmas. I used the cute free templates from A Little Delightful.

Since my daughter doesn't really know anything about Christmas I thought this would be a good way to explain it to her as well as practice her numbers and counting. The tree and red banner are made out of felt, I just glued the tree on using my glue gun. The background snowflakes are just stickers I put on to spice it up. I sewed on the trim, another leftover from the party, making it easy to hang up.

For the decorations I used felt to make presents, squares and rectangles, so we could practice shapes and I added ribbon to make them prettier. The tree ornaments are made out of pom poms, so we could practice colors, and the star is made out of felt. I just glued velcro to the back of all of the shapes so they could easily be switched out. My daughter already tried out the calendar, minus the cards of course, and she loved it.

1 comment:

  1. Very cute! I made an advent calendar when my oldest was 2! (she's 25 now) Mine is cross stitched...that being the reason I started it when she was 2, because it took me two years to finish it!LOL
    What a great idea incorporating learning colors, shapes and numbers. I love the idea of the cards too! I just might have to make some and use them along with my advent calendar. :)