At this time of year, it’s very easy to get lost in the chocolate, shopping, wrapping, eating and all the planning that goes into Christmas. Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it is a time when the weather can be unpredictable, the evenings are dark and you may have extra time at home with your children and run out of ideas for what to do. Here’s where Magic 4 Children can help, with our alternative Advent Calendar. Each day, cross off the activity when you’ve completed it. You could add your own or repeat your favourites.
Magic 4 Children’s Alternative Advent Calendar
Light a candle when it gets dark and everyone in the family must name 5 things that they are grateful for.
Take it in turns to choose a piece of music to listen to while you have your evening meal.
Everyone in the family must find a fascinating fact to teach each other today.
Decorate a room in your house with Christmas trimmings or homemade wintery snowflakes.
Watch a Christmas or winter-themed film as a family. We recommend: 'A Boy Called Christmas' or 'Ice Age'
Learn a Christmas or winter-themed joke to tell your friends.
Learn to say “Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy New Year’ in sign language.
Find out 3 facts about the coldest countries in the world. Locate them on a map.
Find out who the first people were to travel to the North and South Poles. Plan your own expedition!
Make the largest indoor igloo that you can. You don’t need to use ice!
Choose 3 items to donate to your local charity shop.
Learn to say “Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy New Year’ in a different language.
Make your own ice sculpture by freezing water inside a mould that isn’t an ice cube tray!
Read a book by the fire/snuggled up under a blanket on the sofa.
Thank your teacher for their hard work this term. Do something to make them smile.
Phone a friend and ask how they are. Tell them something that you appreciate about them.
Make a Christmas card or a Best Wishes card for someone who helps you - maybe a post man/lady or your recycling collectors.
Start a jigsaw puzzle as a family. Make it more of a challenge by hiding some of the pieces first and racing to find them!
Make a family video to remind yourselves of all of the positive things that happened in 2021. Watch it back this time next year.
Make a list of 5 things that you want to achieve in 2022.
Make up your own 3 Yoga moves linked to Christmas or Winter - teach them to a friend or family member.
Write down 2 things that you love about every person in your family - hide the note until the 25th and then read them out while you eat breakfast together.
Play a game as a family. Create a leaderboard to add the scores onto.
We write a new blog each month and would love to include information and guidance that helps you the most. So, if you have any requests or want advice or additional support for you or your child/children, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll do our best to help.
We’ll leave you with this thought for the day:
The New Year is like a blank book, the pen is in your hands, now write a beautiful story.
The Magic 4 Children Team