Montessori friendly advent calendars

Do you use an advent calendar in your house?

For the last 3 years, we have done an activity advent calendar.

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I bought a fabric advent calendar, I believe from Lidl. And I made some activity cards that I hide in each pouch of the calendar. I chose the activities to be in line with our December schedule, with some activities being more appropriate for the weekend and some more appropriate for a school day.

When my daughter was 3, I did once 24 hand-made felt surprises that I hide in a similar fabric calendar. I had time back then! And I am not a sewing expert! I barely manage to do a back stitch on felt.

Along the years, I collected a few ideas that I wanted to share with you:

- collect 24 small animals toys, even new or second hand bargain and have one for each day. You could add a matching card and at the end of the advent period, you will have 24 animals and 24 matching cards

- find a 24 pieces puzzle (or 4 six pieces puzzles, or 6 four pieces puzzles, depending of your child's abilities) and let your child discovers the puzzle day after day.

- make an advent calendar with a pile of wrapped Christmas and Winter related books. I did that one year with their own books wrapped up (we take our Christmas books out only in December) among some new Christmas books.

- hide some craft materials in each pouch of your calendar as an invitation to create each day with your child

- finger puppets and stickers are a great small token to hide in a calendar

- The toobs small toys can be shared in the advent calendar. Similarly, you can use the Lanka kade wooden animals, small cars, train set parts, a Lego set spread over a few days and so on...

- when your children are under the age of 3, you can use any toys you have in storage. Seriously, they generally don't remember they had them! 

This year, my daughter will 12 years old on the 1st of December. I feel that we are slowly but surely moving away from cute family activities. She wants beauty products and more teenager gifts. Even if she did asked for some Sylvanian families 😉

My son is 7 and he is still into that magical childhood period when he still wants to do all our Christmas traditions.

So this year, we will have our activities again although I will revamp them to fit a teenager's spirit as well.

And I might offer them a product based calendar for once. We tend to avoid extra chocolate and sweets here! 

If you are lacking time to create something, here are the ones I like:

Christmas tree ornaments advent calendar (the decorations are made of resin)

Playmobil has some too, most include a Santa and an Angel.

But this one is a farm topic.

I am torn with the concept of Hama beads. I love that it encourages children to use a Iron but it's a lots of plastic. 

Do you have any other advent calendar ideas?

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About the Author Carine Robin

Carine Robin has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, specialising in child psychology. She worked for various social services in her home country of Belgium, before moving to Ireland in 2006. It was there that she started working in a nursery and discovered Montessori education. After having her first child, her passion for the philosophy grew and she qualified as a Montessori teacher and managed a preschool. Carine has been running a Montessori based parents and toddler group and coaching families for 9 years. She now also runs an online group for over 14000 parents, sharing her knowledge and passion with people from around the world. In 2018, Carine realised families needed more support and launched her popular online parenting courses and monthly subscription boxes, full of personally designed Montessori materials.