A couple of years ago I shared how I created an advent calendar filled with activities for us to do as a family. Today, I am sharing a free printable so you can make your own advent activity calendar.

Advent Calendar Activity List Printable - Laura's Crafty LifeThe printable includes two pages of activities, plus a blank sheet to write in your own activities I may not have included.

Christmas Advent Activities PrintableDownload Advent Calendar Activity List (for personal use only)

The cards will print with very light cutting marks to show where to cut out each card. (These show much darker in the above image.) I printed mine on the back of patterned paper. The reverse side was white. I cut the 12 x 12 paper down to 8 1/2″ to fit it through my printer.

red paper advent calendar activities green paper advent calendar activity

Then, simply cut out each card and place in your advent calendar of choice.

cut out advent cards

The cards include many of the ideas we do, plus I added extras for activities that might work for your own family. Since the calendar contains 24 spaces, I like to have about 30 activities planned, in case something comes up and we can’t do our original activity for the day.

I always place the activities that fall on specific days in the calendar first. These include an annual Christmas party, cutting down the Christmas tree, leaving cookies out for Santa, etc. Then I fill the remainder of the days with some activities that are low key and a few others that take a little more planning on my part.

My son has been so excited to do this calendar each year. Last year was the first year he could read the cards himself. My crafty self originally wanted to do a really cute script font on the cards, but since my son just learned to read last year, he still can’t read cursive yet. I love that he can pull the card out and read it to his sister each morning.

Note: The font I used was St. Nicholas.

Printable Advent Calendar Activities

In the past, to display my cards I have used a calendar I purchased from Dollar Tree. But, stay tuned later this week to see how I sewed a new advent calendar to match my decor. It will be a great holiday tradition for my family. Here is a little sneak peek:

advent calendar with activity in pocket

 
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