We’ve been having a lot of fun doing our advent activities…it’s been fantastic overall. Here’s a few highlights from the past week.
Several days ago we made books about Christmas. It was super fun — I think it was the best activity we have done so far — and we’ll definitely do this one again next year. I asked the kids to think of things we do at Christmas — a lot of their ideas came from things we’d done because of the calendar — and then they drew pictures of their ideas with pretty sparkly markers. Then we made a cover page and stapled it all together.
Here’s some pictures from the Captain’s book:
That last one there is not actually a pregnant Santa, but rather, Santa carrying a bag of toys (very close to his body) with a doll inside. Just in case you were wondering.
And here are some from Gal Smiley’s:
Aren’t they adorable? I’ll definitely be keeping these forever. I should mention that for many of the Gal’s pictures, I drew her an outline — the outline of a tree, say, or a stocking or a gingerbread house — and then she “decorated” it. The Captain was able to draw most of his pictures himself.
The Captain also decided to make a book about Star Wars, of course. Check out his totally awesome picture of Jabba The Hut:
These are definitely keepers.
Another thing we did was make gingerbread houses. I used graham crackers for the sides and roof, so we didn’t have to do any actual cooking. The Captain is allergic to eggs so we could not use the traditional royal icing for glue. Instead I made up a mixture of icing sugar and orange juice (1 cup sugar to 4 teaspoons juice) and it worked okay in that it dried hard and solid, but it was very runny at first and our houses kept falling over. Next year I’d give the icing 15 or 20 minutes to harden up a bit before assembly.
Once we got the houses to stand up, we braced them with cups and let them dry for an hour or so. Then the kids went nuts with the decorating:
And also the eating. They didn’t last long.
We also built a fort. Here are the kids inside it:
At first the kids were like, okay, nice fort, what the heck do we do with it? But once I gave them flashlights they were totally hooked. We left the fort up for a week and I barely saw them during the day — they were always off reading books or playing games in the fort. With flashlights.
See? Advent is fun!
Yesterday our activity was to make this:
This is called Peppermint Bark. IT IS GOOD. Also, it’s surprisingly easy to make and a very fun activity for kids of all ages.
I’ll put the instructions after the jump, since this post is already long enough!