This year, I planned an "Advent" around books, crafts, and various activities. I wanted to do something non-food related but that would be something that each of the boys could look forward to and I feel like this was the perfect thing for this year. I'm the first one to admit, it can get overwhelming when you start looking at ideas to do for an advent or countdown so you have to just pick one idea and make it work. I came across this idea last year over at Oopsey Daisy and also at Musings of Me. Both are also doing this same advent this year but are also giving some new ideas.
Each Saturday over the next few weeks I'll post our ideas, books and some photos. Obviously we started on Thursday, December 1st and completed one on Friday. Today, Saturday, we are actually cutting down our Christmas tree so that is our activity for the day!
Day 1 -
The boys enjoyed this so much that they wanted to do more and were a little upset when I told them they had to wait.
Day 2 -
Totally Tots that went along perfectly with the book. I printed off various worksheets that I thought the boys would enjoy and they did. Josh loved matching the letters of the word "Jesus" on a word mat.
On this second day, Josh was pretty sick so I was surprised he even remembered to ask for the box. He did though - in the morning - so we got it done and played!
I've already learned that my ideas and what the boys want may not match and that is ok; the main goal is for them to have fun. They are most interested in the activities this year, which surprised me. Nate loves books but the books are not attracting his attention as much as I expected.
I look forward to sharing with you next week what we do throughout this coming week!