I’ve had several requests from friends and readers to expand on our advent calendar fillers for the boys: what to put inside those 24 pockets?! I usually have an equal distribution of food, activities, and little toys.
Here are a few suggestions:
Food (This is an easy one.)
- candy cane
- chocolate coin
- hot chocolate for breakfast
- lolly pop
Little Toys. This is also an easy one for Playmobil and Lego lovers!
- one Lego mini-figure
- use fillers from a Playmobil advent calendar (I bought one for my youngest, but then he decided he wanted to make one like his brothers’, so I’ll just raid the one I bought to fill the occasional pocket).
- pencils and erasers
Activities. If you are planning to go to a play, a ballet, a sports event, or anything else that requires a ticket in the weeks before Christmas, why not use the tickets to fill a pocket?
- tickets to a play
- Santa’s Elf for a Day: take toys to a toy drive, shop for a sibling
- King for a Day: you get to pick the music in the car, sit at the head of the table, make a new family rule
- Chef for a Day: you get to pick what’s on the menu
Permissions. The equivalent of Monopoly’s Get out of Jail Free cards
- This card entitles the bearer to One Pajama Day (to be mutually agreeed upon in advance)
- This card entitles the beareer to One Day Home from School (to be mutually agreed upon in advance)
- Date Night with Dad
- Playdate with Mum
- Basically: you get my undivided attention for an hour, kid. Let’s have some fun.
Giving. I got this theme from the wonderful Roseanne. Check out her blog for her Advent Calendar activities.
- Elf for a Day: pick toys to give to the toy drives at work, school, doctor’s office, etc.
- Make a trip to the food bank to donate
- Hot Chocolate stand with proceeeds to the food bank
- Choose a family charity for the next year. Where do we want our donations to go?
- Make gifts to give: cookies, cards, ornaments, etc.