If you're anything like me (and let's face it, I tried!) you haven't gotten an advent calendar yet. I had a specific idea of what I wanted and when I couldn't find it, I forgot to look elsewhere. Well here it is December 4th and Teylor is THRILLED about Christmas/ Solstice coming this year and I'd like to do something to make each day leading up to it trackable for her.
Finally this morning I turned to pinterest and found a dearth of beautiful printable Advent Calendars- I didn't want something secular- I just wanted something that celebrated winter and the spirit of giving. Without further ado, here are my top picks!
I love that these are simple and festive. I dislike that they're mostly just a decoration and not so much an activity for kids, but for older children or teens this might be the perfect thing!
I love the simplicity of this- it would be incredibly easy to put together and you can hide little treats or activity suggestions inside the trees! It's also incredibly festive and makes a lovely decoration on its own.
8) Geometric Gift Boxes! I LOVE how whimiscal and colorful these are, and I think they'd be perfect to adapt for an advent style goodie box. Just put a little treat or activity slip in each box and go.
7) Again with little boxes to fill with things- these are gorgeous and simple. Find and print them here.
6) SCRATCH OFF! Who doesn't love scratch off tickets? I love this easy idea for a kids advent calendar that focuses on *activities* rather than treats, and you can put whatever your kids woud like on the tickets.
5) If opening little doors on advent calendars brings back fond memories, this printable is for you! I love that the pictures behind the windows are simple and not overly religious.
4) Penguins! Who doesn't love a cute penguin? This is a sweet printable you will love because it's easy& your kids will love because it's cute.
3) Books! This one isn't really a printable, but the idea is awesome. You can get books themed for your holiday of choice (Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, anything!) or you can use books you already own and love. Just wrap them up and let the kids pick on each night as you count down to the holiday.
2) Printable house: this sweet little house has the sweetest details. It also doesn't seem to be overly religious but I can't tell from the online images for sure. I love that it looks so handmade and while it would require a bit of assembly, the open/close windows and doors would be a huge hit here.
1) Gingerbread house! These are Teylor's favorite part of the holidays, and we always make one together on solstice and put a tiny candle inside to celebrate light. This is the one we're downloading today and I will let you all know how it goes! I think it will be a huge favorite. I'm not sure this one qualifies as a 'printable' but I love it.