Christmas Kindness Advent Calendar Idea
I just wanted to share with you a little advent idea I had last night and have executed today in advance of advent starting tomorrow. Nothing like operating last minute hey! It’s something you can prepare super quick, but there’s nothing to say you can’t begin part way through advent either.
I am making our advent calendars this year “Christmas Kindness Advent Calendars”. This is for my 3.5 and nearly 5 year old, but I think we can do this for many years to come.
After the success of our Operation Christmas Child Christmas Boxes and all of the great conversations and interest they sparked, I think they will enjoy making advent a little deeper than just chocolate. But there will be chocolate too!!
We have the type of advent calendar where I can add a little something for each day. Ours are fabric, but I have seen box style ones as well. Usually I add a little chocolate, sweet, or a couple of stickers, something like that. This year, I am also going to add a little kindness idea. To get them thinking, to get us talking and to hopefully spread a little bit of Christmas kindness.
Father Christmas will be sending our Elf on the Shelf elves tomorrow for the start of advent. And in our house the little advent gifts come from the elves. This year, so too will the kindness ideas.
I had a brainstorm of kind things they could do and typed them up. I then printed it out twice, cut them into little strips and have popped each one around the little chocolate in their advent calendar pocket. They are also getting a Hape marble run for Christmas as a special joint gift, and so there will also be a marble in each pocket too so they can collect them throughout this month
To give you some inspiration, here are some of the kindness notes that I have put in their advent calendar pockets:
Hold someone’s hand who is sad
Give someone a cuddle to make them feel happy
Play with someone at playtime that you don’t normally play with
Say Bonjour and Merci in French to someone
Pick up some litter
Help someone do a puzzle
Say please and thank you
Do good sharing
Give mummy and daddy a kiss
Think of something you can do to help mummy
Do a 3 legged race around the garden
Give the dog her food
Give the cat his food
Offer to make someone a drink
Tell your teacher how wonderful they are
Say a special thank you to the canteen ladies
Show your brother lots of love today
Show your sister lots of love today
Tidy your bedroom
Give mummy and daddy a special cuddle
Think of something you can do to help daddy
And of course, as our elves arrive tomorrow i’m going to need lots of fresh elf mischief inspiration.
Here are some of my ideas from previous years to help you out: