Advent Calendar Filler Ideas For Kids (Ages 6-9)

It’s that time of year again where I’ll have to fill my children’s Advent box. Sure, I could just buy Advent calendars from the store to make my life easier. But they’re just not the same. To me, it’s not just about chocolates or little toys in those little windows. It’s also about doing things and spending time together as a family during Advent.

I’ve made my children’s Advent box which was fun to do. But filling them up can be a challenge. Here is a list of filler ideas; which I’ve filled in my daughter’s Advent’s calender.

1. Art and Craft Supplies

If you’ve got a kid who loves arts and crafts, you can not go wrong with these ideas.

  • Washi tape
  • Pompoms
  • Basic wooden people
  • ‘Googly’ eyes
  • Alphabet beads (for making jewellery)
  • Small bells
  • Colored pens
  • Color pencils
  • Felt
  • Ribbons and strings
  • Glue
  • Popsicle sticks (colored and/or bare)
  • Feathers
  • Pearls
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Origami paper

2. Fun Gifts

  • Nail Clipper
  • Small Compass
  • Mini game or puzzle
  • Magnets
  • Bath bombs
  • Sticky notes
  • Little toys in surprise packs – eg. Shopkins, Hatchimals, Sylvanian Families, Lost Kitties, Legos etc.
  • Hair accessories
  • Keychain
  • Bookmark
  • Mini notebook
  • Eraser
  • DIY Christmas ornament pack
  • Small pack of tissue – She always has a pack in her school bagpack.
Magnetic Pompoms

3. Activities

  • Baking Christmas cookies, cake or bread
  • Visit the Advent’s market
  • Watch a Christmas movie as a family – The kids love cozying under the blankets on the sofa, with a bowl of popcorn each.
  • A random act of kindness or do something nice for someone – We usually give her teachers and her school-master a cup of coffee and home-baked cookies. It can also be opening the door for someone or help to carry a neighbor’s grocery bags, etc.
  • Watch the Nutcracker – It can be a ballet, musical or theater.
  • Video call a family member
  • Decorate a gingerbread house
  • Decorate the Christmas tree
  • Write a letter to someone – To tell them how much you love and/or appreciate them. It can be to the mother, father, grandparents, teachers, etc.
  • Build a snowman
  • Go shopping – For Christmas decorations, for someone or just window shopping.
My daughter loves receiving letters from ‘Elfi’
Making Christmas ornaments
Some of the few DIY ornaments we’ve made together so far

4. Sweet Treats

  • Chocolate
  • Candy cane
  • Cookie
  • Toffee
  • Pack of hot cocoa powder
  • Muesli bar
  • Gingerbread man
  • Ice-cream

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