We have two advent calendars at our house, neither of which involve candy, treats, or daily gifts, so I thought I would share for those of you who are interested.
The first is an assembly of little forest friends:
A few years ago, my boys received this advent calendar as a gift:
It comes with little forest animals, their food, and a Santa Clause and you are supposed to put each thing in its own little cardboard box and open a box each day and put the toy on the cardboard background, which we did the first year. The second year, we set up a little forest of branches from our garden and had the little animals come one per day to the forest (we eliminated the santa after the first year...in fact, I'm not even sure we used him the first year either).
For the first few days of December, the boys would set up the little animal food that came in the original Playmobil set, and then the animals would come join the little girl at her house. They liked this a lot better as they could move things around daily and set up little "scenes"...and of course, tell stories about what was going on in that little world.
My goal is to eventually replace the little plastic animals with clay ones, but in 2 years, I have only made a mama hedgehog with a baby, an owl, and an egg, and only 2 have any paint an them at all. Maybe by the time my kids are grown, I will have enough for the 24 days???
Our second advent calendar used to look like this:
Several years ago I glued 25 magnets to the back of little wooden shapes that I had in my stash. I painted them to represent candies:
I still need to finish the needles and add the dates along the bottom, and make some sort of pockets on the back to insert magnets. I have a week and a half left, right? I really hope to finish in time.
If you are working on something you would like to share, leave a link in the comments. Happy Making!