Here is my version of Maya*Made’s Advent calendar. We used a blank canvas instead of cork board, and painted red candy-cane stripes on it. Throw in some green rick-rack, tiny clothes-pins, puffy fabric paint, and a little bit of sparkly glitter-snow … ta-da!
I initially wanted to do a Book-and-Activity Advent countdown like the one here, but I didn’t have the time or energy for it this year, so we just did a Book-a-Day. Each day Adeline picks a title out of the calendar and I retrieve the book from storage. Since we don’t actually own 24 Christmas books, we’ve been supplementing with ones from the library. She thinks it is very exciting, but, like the birthday ice cream, I think my days of getting away with simple projects like this are numbered.