We’ve recently discovered the beauty of dry erase markers for family activities!
Before our trip to Disney, I traced a Mickey Mouse outline on the backdoor and wrote “Days Until” in one ear and “Disney” in the other. We then changed the number every day as we literally counted down the days until our trip. It was simple, easy to remember and convenient since our backdoor is right beside the kitchen table!
For November, I drew a tree trunk and branches where Mickey had been, and we began adding the things we were thankful for using orange, red and green markers. These thankful words became the leaves on our colorful fall tree.
For Christmas, we’ll be using the same concept to countdown the days in the cute little Christmas tree above. It’s frugal, clutter-free and fun for the whole family!
If you’re looking for a more detailed advent calendar or activity, be sure to check out these other ideas from the Life Your Way team:
- Use this printable advent chain to plan your family’s advent activities in a fun spin on the traditional countdown chain.
- Jennifer & Jason from New Season Design designed this set of printable Jesse Tree ornaments that you can color each day as you learn more about the lineage of Christ, all the way from Creation.
- Motherhood Your Way contributor Amanda White wrote an amazing advent ebook, Truth in the Tinsel, with 24 ornaments to make with your kids as you focus on different aspects of the Christmas story. Get it for just $4.99!
Join us as we celebrate 101 Days of Christmas with new DIY projects, gift ideas, traditions and more every day from now through Christmas!
|Mandi Ehman is the founder and publisher behind Life Your Way as well as a wife and homeschooling mom to four beautiful girls. She lives with her family on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia and loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.|