Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby Rosie_t_Riveter » 09 Dec 2014, 19:02

Day 7 wasn't a great success. I'm the only person who enjoys this apparently so it's being knocked on the head for next year :-(

Day 8: kids Christmas olay at the local theatre. TheWriggler's loved it, TheBean made a nuisance of himself until I gave up and let him do colouring in in the bar area (right next to ther performance so I could hear them & see if TheWriggler came out)

Day 9: paper chain making. Went down very well with both of them.
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby emzit » 09 Dec 2014, 19:36

Day 9 was childcare day so we did a Christmas treasure hunt which went down a treat. Today is also childcare day and muncher's turn for show and tell so today's is taking the house to show and tell. Nice and easy!
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby UnhappyRightFoot » 09 Dec 2014, 22:13

We have missed a few days and are also on holiday next week so having had a full list, we're dipping in and out of it!! But we watched The Snowman this evening. I cried!!!!
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby Where'stheMistletoe » 09 Dec 2014, 22:18

We had Christmas memory game today - easy one if you have a printer: http://www.busybeekidsprintables.com/Ho ... Games.html

I've just sellotaped a load of paper together and drew a tree outline so tomorrow we're going to do green paint footprints inside it, let them dry then draw baubles, add silver paint, glitter etc to decorate. I'm probably going to destroy the house :mona :) .
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby A_W » 10 Dec 2014, 17:54

We've missed 3 days. Too much happening with mil etc. Hoping to catch up tomorrow but not got much enthusiasm for it all now :-(
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby sabrina fair » 10 Dec 2014, 19:17

(((AW)))

We've done pipecleaner and bead decorations for the tree (easy and lots of fun and look cool!), bought a toy for the local kids Christmas appeal, made snowman pizza (thanks for the idea!), made paper snowflakes, and had a candlelit bath.
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby qbm » 10 Dec 2014, 19:59

WtM - I am stealing that footprint idea and adding it into mine!!! Fab idea :D

I had two epic fails...
Day 8: paper snowflakes - SG loves cutting and I knew it would be tricky so I had other ideas for paper snowflakes but she lost interest. Still, I have photos that make it look like a successful activity :D
Day 9: Christmas tree playdough - all fine except that I forgot I had thrown out my good food colours and had to make it green using the Onken blue and yellow gel from the cupboard which, as it turns out, doesn't make green! OH brough some home after work but it was kind of too late to play with it. She really enjoyed using it today - cutting out tree shapes and decorating with sequins, pony beads and pipe cleaners.
Day 10: nursery day so Christmas bath!
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby Rosie_t_Riveter » 10 Dec 2014, 21:00

MilkyJoe wrote:Still, I have photos that make it look like a successful activity :D


Isn't that the point?!? My FB friends probably think I'm making a bid for mum of the year. The key is to grab a quick snap before anyone hits anybody... ;-)

Day 10 was another glowstick bathtime. (Is it really only day 10? Feels like I have been doing this forever...)
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby qbm » 10 Dec 2014, 21:10

Rosie_t_Riveter wrote:
MilkyJoe wrote:Still, I have photos that make it look like a successful activity :D


Isn't that the point?!? My FB friends probably think I'm making a bid for mum of the year. The key is to grab a quick snap before anyone hits anybody... ;-)

Day 10 was another glowstick bathtime. (Is it really only day 10? Feels like I have been doing this forever...)


I actually laughed our loud at your whole post! :D
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby Rosie_t_Riveter » 10 Dec 2014, 22:26

Happy to please! I may be becoming delirious. A colleague insisted that I should play Christmas songs today since my PC is the only one in the office which has speakers. A whole day of festive ditties, plus a countdown to Christmas Day, when you haven't actually done any shopping is probably too much...
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby emzit » 11 Dec 2014, 06:45

Today we stole WM's idea and did a footprint Christmas tree, dried it with the bathroom heater then painted decorations. A big hit and remarkably tidy. Had to keep reminding myself process not product although it looks quite cool in the end.

I am feeling a bit fatigued with activities so something easy tomorrow. Or at least that doesn't take two stages!
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby busmother » 11 Dec 2014, 09:11

Have utterly failed again to do systematic activities, but one we have done which has been a huge hit is threading beads onto pipe cleaners, then shape into stars, hearts, Christmas trees (if you use a bit of imagination), a ribbon loop and hang on the Christmas tree. Really effective decorations and kept them occupied for an hour and a half before the beads started flying, and then another half an hour in the usually whingy, want telly period before tea. Of course, I'm not sure at what stage they'd develop the manual dexterity to be able to do this, but at 4 1/2, for my two, it was fab.
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby Treeb » 11 Dec 2014, 12:38

We did pipe cleaner/bead ornaments yesterday after someone else had mentioned it further up thread. L (2y 3m) was able to thread the beads on perfectly easily, but he lost interest after just one ornament!
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby StJuniper » 11 Dec 2014, 17:14

Got a huge snowfall overnight so we shovelled snow and made snow angels. P was covered head-to-toe in snow. Then we came in and had hot chocolate. Also took P skating. Holy exhausting--for me. But lots of fun.
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Re: Advent Activities 2014 - what did you do?

Postby qbm » 12 Dec 2014, 19:53

Sounds great SJ!

We picked up our tree today and decorated that. Turns out I am pretty anal about decorating it! I bit my tongue though and merely suggested redistributing some of the 8 million decorations from the 1" sq area SG concentrated on. It was fun and SG had a ball which made it all fine :D
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