24 Days of Christmas Activities for your DIY Advent Calendar {with Free Printable list}

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The Ultimate Kids Christmas Craft and Activity Advent Calendar – 24 Days of Christmas Activities for Kids

Christmas is coming. The holidays are here. So what can you do with the kids? Well, one of the best thing you can do with the kids is make things! It’s a fun way to bond and make festive memories and it’s also a great way for kids to learn through play as you work through the Christmas countdown.

In this post, we will share our ultimate kids Christmas craft and activity advent calendar list which includes 24 Days of Advent activities for kids (actually we threw in a few extra, in case one or two activities don’t suit your family or you don’t have the right supplies – you can switch and still not be left short)

Free printable activity advent calendar bucket list for families in December. Click through the pin for the details of all these activities and a few more

We have put a lot of time, thought, and work into this, so you don’t have to.

Use our free Printables to create a DIY Children’s Christmas Advent Calendar for the kids. These fun Christmas activities and crafts will help get your little ones excited about the holiday season, from the 1st December right up to the big day.

We’ve put together a mega-advent calendar with enough ideas for 24 days of crafts, activities, and recipes for kids this Christmas season. It includes some of the most popular classic Christmas crafts and activity ideas, but also some fun and original activities to help make the holidays extra special for you and your kids.

Click the links in each activity description to download any printables you need and find out more about this Christmas activity idea, and use these to make your own fun advent calendar.

The list is filled with fun activities that could soon become new Christmas traditions. After all, spending time together and enjoying each other company is the true meaning of Christmas.

1. Make Christmas Tree Brownies with the Kids

Make these easy chocolate Christmas tree brownies. They are quick and simple to bake with the kids and lots of fun to decorate. Even more fun to eat, for a different twist on Christmas cookies.

2. Decorate a Christmas Tree with our free printable Christmas tree coloring pages

Print out these Christmas tree coloring pages and kids can get busy decorating their own trees

3. Mickey Mouse Snowflakes

Print and cut out our Mickey Mouse Snowflake templates then kids can have fun coloring and sticking to create their own snowflakes to hang around the house as a fun Christmas decoration.

4. Gingerbread Man Paint Stamping

Use a gingerbread man cookie cutter and paint for a fun and easy gingerbread man craft with the kids. You could also bake some yummy ginger bread men or build a gingerbread house.

5. Make an Elf Bookmark

Print out the templates with our free printable download and have fun putting together these cute Elf bookmarks with the kids.

6. Make a Salt Dough Christmas Tree Ornament

Salt dough is easy to make and lasts very well, so you can create this Salt Dough Christmas tree ornament to hang on the tree and bring it out again year after year.

7. Cinnamon and Ginger Cloud Dough

Have sensory play with with this easy cinnamon and cloud dough recipe, for a change from playdough.

8. Make Santa’s Hat Mini Cheesecakes

This easy recipe makes no-bake cheesecakes and uses strawberries to make them look like little Santa hats desserts.

9. Make Painted rock Snowman

Paint stones that can be mixed and matched into different snowmen

10. Make a Mitten Winter Craft

This winter mitten craft is cute for the cold weather and easy for kids of all ages to make, using our free printable template.

11. Decorate Baubles Printables

Print out and colour the Christmas ornaments or baubles

12. Christmas Colour by number pages

Print out these 9 Winter themed color by number pages for the kids to enjoy today

13. Make your own Christmas lights wrapping paper

Have fun painting together and make your own gorgeous wrapping paper that looks like a string of Christmas lights with this DIY wrapping paper craft activity.

Printable list of activities for DIY advent calendars

14. Peppermint Playdough Christmas Trees

Set up and invitation to play with Peppermint Playdough Christmas trees. It smells just like candy canes!

15. Learn How to Say Merry Christmas in different languages

Embrace different cultures and learn how to say Merry Christmas in a few different language.

16. Make and eat Christmas Star Sandwiches

Make a healthy festive lunch with these yummy Christmas Star Sandwiches

17. Make Craft Stick Ice Skaters

This ice skater craft activity is fun to make and to play with. Make your own ice skaters with real ice.

18. Printable elf Jigsaw

Color and put together your own elf jigsaw puzzle with this free printable

19. Potato Print Snowman

Get out the potatoes and the paints to make today’s easy snowman craft

20. Coloured Salt Christmas Tree Sensory Play

Use coloured salt or coloured sand for today’s festive sensory play tray.

21. Snowflake handprints

Make a beautiful snowy handprint craft with the kids today

22. Try a Christmas hair style

Have fun with one of these festive hair styles today! These work best on long hair.

23. Snowman Collage Christmas Cards

Take some blank cards, and cut up old Christmas cards to make today’s fun Upcycled snowman craft.

24. Reindeer Handprint Craft

Personalise your child’s photo with this cute reindeer handprint craft today.

25. Reindeer Gift Bags

This paper bag reindeer craft can be put to use as DIY gift bags after you finish making

26. Create a Paper Plate Wreath Craft

Use a paper plate and coloured tissue paper for this classic Christmas wreath craft

27. Play Pin the Nose on Rudolph

Have some family fun with this printable Pin the Nose on Rudolph party game

28. Make Reindeer Food

Use our reindeer food recipe printable to put together a snack for Santa’s reindeer.

29. Make a Christmas Eve box

Make a Christmas Eve box to draw an end to your activity advent calendar and get ready for the big day!

Bonus Free Printable Advent Calendar to Color

Download our free printable calendars to color in. Have the kids color one picture each day for an easy way to count down to Christmas Day.

free printable advent calendar to color one picture a day throughout December for Christmas countdown

If you need even more activities check out our list of over 40 winter sensory play activities and maybe you can take a couple to use from there, and check our list below which has lots of ideas you could include, if you need even more. Perhaps you want some different activities to the ones you included last year?

Huge list of Christmas activities for advent calendar printable

The Ultimate Kids Christmas Craft and Activity Advent Calendar – 24 Days of Christmas Activities for Kids, is a fun, easy to follow resource that allows you to share your love of the holiday season with your child and your family.

This collection of 24 activities are sure to help you create a memorable family tradition of crafts, games and activities that will bring joy throughout the holidays.

We hope you enjoy making your own advent calendar with all of our fun ideas.

Download the PDF version of the printable

To use, print out the sheet and then cut out each of the activities and pop one into each pocket of your advent calendar (starting December 1st) – maybe along with small toys, little gifts or a sweet or candy if you wish.

The kids can open one each day to find out what their Christmas activity for the day will be. Each day’s activity is so much fun and a way for the whole family to spend time together, getting into the Christmas spirit.

Click the download button below for your free instant digital download, below the version that you would like to print.

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Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
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