We are all super excited about the craft Susan has for you this month! If you’re needing a fun post-Thanksgiving craft to transition your family into the winter season, look no further!
As the excitement of Christmas begins to build, celebrate its imminent awesomeness a little bit every day with this adorable, extremely kid-friendly Advent Forest Project. Not your typical Advent Calendar, this project will give you a mini-forest in which you can hide surprises for the kids as they wait for jolly old St. Nick himself! This is also a great opportunity to work on counting, reading a calendar, translating days to weeks to months, and of course, have loads of fun.
We present to you The Advent Forest Project – Enjoy!
-Construction Paper (Red and Green Sheets are highly recommended)
-Gluestick or Tape
-3 plates in 3 different sizes (for tracing)
-Decorative Materials (stickers, markers, glitter glue, pom-poms, etc.)
On construction paper, trace 9 circles using the plates, 3 circles for each plate size.
- Divide each circle into thirds. Exactness is not necessary, though a ruler and finding the center of the circle will definitely come in handy.
- Cut out each 1/3 section. You should have 27 total. Discard 2, or save for backups.
- OR download and print this template: http://familyfun.go.com/assets/cms/pdf/crafts/FF1110CREAT-Advent.pdf
Then trace 25 copies, varying the sizes as you go.
- Decorate each section using whatever miscellaneous fun stuff you have around the house! Make sure you leave space for the number square! (Be forewarned, stickers will have a hard time sticking once the section is rolled into a tree.)
- If you used glue to decorate, let dry before moving on.
- Glue one straight edge of the 1/3 section. (or attach tape)
- Roll into a cone shape, making sure the bottom is even. Hold in place for ten seconds, or attach a clothespin to the tree, holding it together until it dries.
- Cut out 25 squares from construction paper, 1.5” for large trees, 1” for small trees, and .5” for baby trees.
- Number the squares 1 to 25.
- Tape the numbers to the trees, and arrange them into a forest. (These would make a great coffee table adornment or mantel decoration)
- Once the kiddos have gone to bed, hide some special surprises for them under each tree.
Some ideas are:
-Vending machine toys
-Coupons for fun activities (i.e. stay up 1 hour later, skip a chore today, go to the park, etc.)
-Clues to a treasure hunt
The possibilities are truly endless!