Advent calendar Activity Prompts for Kids

We are always looking for creative ways to fill our advent calendars in our house. These activity prompts are a great will to fill your yearly advent calendar and take a step away from traditional chocolate and toy advent calendars.

advent calendar activity prompts for kids

In order to shake things up a bit from our usual advent calendars, we started adding activity prompts as fillers.

They are a very cost-effective way to fill up the days and are great activities for the family to do together during the festive month of December. We like to mix these prompts up with our usual advent calendar fillers for kids.

The best way to write these prompts is either on little slips of paper or even better, put them on pieces of cardstock that you can reuse again next year! To make things easier for you, I’ve included a free printable at the bottom using this list. Feel free to add your own!

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Activity Prompts for Kids

Here are some activity ideas to fill your advent calendar if you’re feeling stuck:

  • Bake Christmas goods
  • Take a drive to look at the lights
  • Make a Gingerbread House
  • Go ice skating
  • Write a letter to Santa, grandma, family, or retirement home tenants
  • Make Paper snowflakes
  • Decorate a door with festive decorations
  • Family paint night
  • Make Christmas cards
  • Watch a Christmas movie
  • Learn about different ways the holidays are celebrated around the world
  • Make a paper chain countdown
  • Make popcorn garland for the tree
  • Have a snowball fight
  • Have a snowman drawing contest
  • Play Christmas bingo
  • Hot chocolate day
  • Plan a holiday dinner menu together
  • Listen to Christmas music
  • Read a Christmas story
  • Wrap gifts
  • Decorate the Christmas Tree
  • Make ornaments together
  • Drop off toys for the less fortunate
  • Watch a Christmas parade
  • Go on a sleigh/wagon ride
  • Make snow angels
  • Make a yule log
  • Have tea by the fireplace
  • Make tin can lanterns
  • Make playdough snowmen
  • See a holiday play or concert
  • Go Christmas caroling
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Decorate and paint rocks
  • Make latkes
  • Make a wreath
  • Go ice skating
  • Do a puzzle together
  • Play a board game
  • Make a Christmas sensory bin
  • Make newspaper Christmas trees
  • Sip apple cider
  • Play a board game
  • Visit Santa at the mall
  • Do a Christmas Scavenger hunt

Want more ideas or a cute book that has a story and daily prompts?

Here are two books that are absolutely special and are so well done. They provide great ideas and the artwork is just delightful!

How Winston Delivered Christmas: A Christmas Story in Twenty-Four-and-a-Half Chapters

Christmas Is Coming! An Advent Book: Crafts, games, recipes, stories, and more! (Christmas Calendar, Advent Calendar for Families, Family Craft and Holiday Activity book)

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