Put your family into your an Advent calendar. This is a great way to create your own personal scene. The kids decided to make a snowy day with us admiring our freshly built snowman. Include your personal holiday memory- could you imagine peering in through a window, your family all around the Christmas tree, or by the fire, or making cookies!? We got this blank wooden calendar at Woodpeckers Crafts (https://woodpeckerscrafts.com/)- they have a whole selection for you to personalize and/or make into gifts (trees, houses, trains etc.). I like that it is wood so it will last for years to come, creating a keepsake! Materials Blank Advent Calendar https://woodpeckerscrafts.com/search.php?search_query=advent%20§ion=product Peg Dolls (https://woodpeckerscrafts.com/peg-doll-people/) Paint Pens (we like the Posca brand) Detail pens (we like the Micron brand) Clear sheet (we used an overhead projector sheet from my teaching days) Pencil/ eraser Double sided tape Glue Snowflake Numbers Template *Circles are 1 inch in case you want to use a punch* Thick paper Paint We always find these items useful too: Directions Paint your background. For the square style Advent calendar the box portion is 22.5 cm by 22.5 cm. We just made a simple sky with a whispy cloud in it. Add some layers to your scene to create the appearance of depth. We made a snowy hill and added some beads behind it so it would “stick out” from the background. We made our snow person out of beads, a button and some chenille stems. Add details with a paint pen. Create your peg people. We used pencil and an eraser to sketch out some ideas, traced and coloured them in with paint pen and then went over the edges with a detail pen. We created the snow using an old overhead sheet (your mom or dad might have a few of these in their office from days gone by!) or you could cut out the window portion of toy packaging etc.., adding a little bit of snow at the bottom of the sheet. Print your numbered snowflake template and cut it out or punch it with a 1 inch punch. Glue each circle onto the boxes. Add some items to your boxes. Some ideas might include: Notes of kind acts to do together, 1 piece of a puzzle (to complete the whole thing over the month), pieces of a set of LEGO or Playmobil to assemble over December, notes for a book to read each night, or notes of different types of food to add to a box each day for the Food Bank. Pin this idea Purpose Celebrating various traditions related to seasonal activities. Safety Notes We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces. Use scissors and a glue gun with care and direct, adult supervision. Beads can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths. Please like & share: Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.