Counting down to Christmas is always fun for the kiddos in my class, as well as my son. I must admit, I enjoy it too! Small activities to celebrate each day make the waiting more bearable, as does having a calendar to mark off the days. With this in mind, I put together a printable Advent calendar that children can use.
preschool printable Advent calendar
Each day has an activity suggestion that the kiddos can do while they’re waiting for Christmas to arrive. Here’s the breakdown –
Write a letter to Santa! Ask how he’s doing, then share one or two things you’d love to get for Christmas. In addition to being a fun activity, this really works on early literacy skills.
Create a Christmas Senses book. This has become a holiday tradition in my preschool classroom. Combine art, literacy, and sensory while creating a book that can be read over and over again!
Go on a nature walk and hunt for pine cones. Then come home and make a pine cone Christmas craft!
Make a fingerprint snowman ornament! These are perfect as gifts for grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
Gather some items to donate to your local food bank or shelter. This is a great way to share your blessings with those less fortunate.
Set up a Christmas sticky table! Contact paper and some Christmas-themed craft supplies are all that’s needed for hours of fun. This activity combines process art with fine motor skills.
Make a name candy cane ornament. Work on early literacy and fine motor skills while putting together a fun Christmas craft.
Make a fingerprint Christmas frame! Use your fingers to make lights, then take a fun picture to place inside the frame (be sure to see what my preschool kids did for their pictures)! It’s a wonderful gift for friends or family.
Make a candy cane sensory bin! The beautiful red and white colors, along with the delicious peppermint scent, engage the senses!
Act out the story of the gingerbread man! Grab a few items from the kitchen, then retell the story. Lots of early literacy skills being worked on during this activity.
Decorate colorful popsicle stick snowflakes. This traditional Christmas craft works on math and fine motor skills, too!
Play with Christmas tree “geoboards”! Work on math and fine motor skills while exploring and building a Christmas-themed geoboard.
Make a book about the gingerbread man. Art and literacy skills aplenty while making this fun book!
Explore magnet science with jingle bells. Lots of science and math fun!
Decorate mini Christmas trees. Grab some Styrofoam trees and a few craft items, then get to it! This activity is great for working fine motor skills.
Design a den for winter animals. This fun engineering challenge will get kiddos thinking outside of the box.
Make and eat a reindeer Christmas snack. It’s super simple to make, and it was a big hit with my preschoolers last year!
Make a “lights on the tree” Christmas sensory bin. You can use the leftovers from the candy cane sensory bin you made early! Just add a Styrofoam tree and some Contact paper.
Make evergreen process art! This is perfect if you have small bits of your Christmas tree that have fallen. It’s also great for creating after a hunt for pine cones outside!
Wrap presents! If your presents are all ready to go, set up a pretend play wrapping center. This works on fine motor skills, language, and it lets kids wrap and open “presents” to their hearts’ content!
Make your own marshmallow name! Fine motor and literacy skills are worked on, and I won’t tell if you sneak a few marshmallows!
Play a jingle bell dice game with your family. Super easy to set up, and it works on math and fine motor skills!
Sing Christmas carols with your family! In addition to being just plain fun, this works on important language and literacy skills.
Make Christmas cookies! Don’t forget to set some out for Santa tonight.
Grab your free printable Advent calendar HERE! There are three versions of the calendar – a basic black-and-white one that’s perfect for printing, an all-text calendar with clickable links that go right to each activity, and a picture and text version with clickable pictures.
I’d love to see pictures of you and the kiddos trying out the calendar’s activities. Feel free to share them over on the Fun-A-Day Facebook page.
For even more Advent calendar awesomeness, check out the following ideas –
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- Christmas Cookie Advent Calendar from Kitchen Counter Chronicles
- Printable Family Activities Advent Calendar from Creative Family Fun
- Winter Snowflakes Advent Calendar from My Bright Firefly
- Advent Acts of Kindness Free Printables from The Mad House
- Story Book Advent Snowman from Adventures of Adam
- How to Organize and Easy and Fun Advent Calendar from Books and Giggles