Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: 12 Days of Christmas by Barbi Sido
Why we love this book:
The simplicity! I have several beautifully illustrated 12 Days of Christmas books. But when I found this version of the 12 Days of Christmas, I immediately fell in love with its simplicity.
The book does not repeat the entire song over and over again; rather it highlights the number of gifts on each page . . . one partridge in a pear tree, two turtle doves . . . 3 french hens . . . The illustrations are colorful and the numbers and text easily stand out. Excellent Christmas book for teaching numerals, counting and number words. Love, love, love this little fold-out book!
DIY Advent Calendar Muffin Tin
Made with Recycled Christmas Cards
This week the children and I are sharing our DIY Advent Calendar Mini Muffin Tin. This advent calendar project can easily be adapted to the 12 Days of Christmas using a 12 muffin tin. Just as with an Advent Calendar, children can open up a door and find a little treat for the 12 days of Christmas. You still have time to count down the 12 Days of Christmas . . .
- 24 mini muffin tin
- recycled Christmas cards
- adhesive magnetic sheet
- scissors and paper edger scissors
- Christmas stickers
- glitter / glitter glue
- number stickers
Advent Calendar Math:
- Before we began making our Advent doors, I showed the children Advent Calendar samples and explained the concept.
- Next, I posed a math investigation question:
- We are going to make Advent Doors to hide the little compartments. There are 3 of us and 24 Advent Days. If we divide the doors equally how many will each of us need to make?
- Since MacGyver is learning division, after a few minutes of thought, he easily answered “8 days each.“
Step 1: Cut Advent Doors
- Measure your muffin tin compartments and cut squares or circles slightly bigger.
- I made squares (2.25″ x 2.25″) out of cardboard for tracing.
- We used recycled Christmas cards for our Advent Doors.
Step 2: Decorate Advent Doors
- We cut scenes and decorations from our recycled Christmas cards.
- Rather than buying special paper we honored those who sent us Christmas cards by reusing them! Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!
- This cutting activity was excellent fine-motor-skill development for Miss Enigma.
- The children were welcome to add glitter glue and stickers as embellishment.
Step 3: Number Each Advent Door
- We used number stickers.
- Our numbers are not in a uniform location as we had to work around our decorations!
Step 4: Back Each Advent Door with Self Adhesive Magnetic Square
Step 5: Add Magnetic Advent Doors to Muffin Tin
- I like how creative and unique each door is.
- I like that our Advent Calendar is made by our children rather than a commercially bought calendar.
- I also like how we honored these recycled Christmas Cards. Rather than going in the trash, these cards will be apart of our family Christmas tradition.
Step 6: Hide Treats Under Each Advent Door
- I gave each child a bowl and they each collected 8 treats including candy, coins, stickers and tiny toys.
- It was like a Christmas scavenger hunt around our home.
- The children and I each hid 8 treats behind the doors.
Step 7: Count Down the Days Until Christmas!
- What fun math!
- Each day the children take turns opening the doors.
You can find more Advent Calendar Muffin Tin samples on my pinterest Christmas board
Life with Jeannine
We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of 12 Days of Christmas by Barbi Sido
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Are you counting down the days to Christmas? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
The winner must be a resident of The United States.
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