December 25th, 2011
Advent Calendar 2011: A Shadowbox Spectacular: An Introduction to the ProjectAdvent Shadowbox: Day 1, Baking Cookies: Test-Cookies for Santa’s Plate – Chewy Chocolate Chip Toffee Bit Cookies.Advent Shadowbox: Day 2, Daily Bread Food Bank: Our first “Giving Day,” Making Contributions to the Daily Bread Food Bank in two ways.
Advent Shadowbox: Day 3, Letter to a Friend: Write a letter to a friend.Advent Shadowbox: Day 4, A Birdseed Wreath: Feed the Birds! A DIY Birdseed Wreath.Advent Shadowbox: Day 5, Gratitude Ornaments: Making glass ornaments with strips of paper detailing our “grateful for’s.”
Advent Shadowbox: Day 6, Pancakes, Syrup, and a Classic Film: Traditional Friday Pancakes and a screening of A Night at the OperaAdvent Shadowbox: Day 7, Tree Trimming Party: Today’s the day for our tree-trimming party! A free Christmas Printable to the rescue…
Handmade Holidays: Favourite Photo Ornaments: Our annual photo ornaments made easy.
Advent Shadowbox: Day 8, Gingerbread House: We used a german stamp and m&m’s to announce our activities today – reading Dahl’s version of “Hansel and Gretel” and constructing and decorating a gingerbread house!
Advent Shadowbox: Day 9, St. Vincent de Paul Baskets: Bringing Gift Cards for the Family Christmas Baskets at School.Advent Shadowbox: Day 10, Kids’ Newspapers: Making “a-year-in-the-life” newspapers with the kids’ top ten lists, comic strips, advertisements and “special interest” stories.
Advent Shadowbox: Day 11, Imagining Santa’s Workshop: Using Jean de Brunhoff’s Babar books as inspiration, the kids draw their own pictures of Santa’s Workshop.
Advent Shadowbox: Day 12, Afternoon Sundae Bar: Chopping Peppermint Candies and Loading them onto Ice Cream Sundaes!
Advent Shadowbox: Day 13, Movie, Lego, Mindfulness: Asking the children to identify “The Christmas Spirit” during their movie date and lego-building contest.
Advent Shadowbox: Day 14, Salt Dough Ornaments: Making ornaments out from 3 basic ingredients: Water, Flour, and Salt.
Advent Shadowbox: Day 15, “Christmassify” Your Jars, or Glam Cans Lab 2: Applying canning labels to all of the jams, jellies, and preserves we made during our Summer of Funner and decorating the cans to give as teacher gifts.
Advent Shadowbox: Day 16, Have a Tree Planted: Via Canadahelps.org we will donate to Trees Ontario in memory of the loved ones we have lost.
Advent Shadowbox: Day 17, Christmas Crack-ups: Writing Festive Knock-Knock Jokes.
Advent Shadowbox: Day 18, Make Clove Oranges: We plunge cloves into oranges in festive patterns and letter shapes!
Advent Shadowbox: Day 19, Rudolph Festival (Design Your Own “Misfit Toy“: The kids watch Rudolph, eat snacks, and brainstorm and draw their own “Misfit Toys.”
Advent Shadowbox: Day 20, Festive After-School Spa: Santa Beards, Elf-Hairdos, Christmas Tattoos, the works!!
Advent Shadowbox: Day 21, Carol Hootenanny: Write and Perform Christmas Carols!
Advent Shadowbox: Day 22, Trim Another Tree: Decorate the tree at the Grandparents’ House!
Advent Shadowbox: Day 23, Library-in-a-Box for Haiti via PlanCanada.ca: Send a “Library in a Box” to children in Haiti via http://www.plancanada.ca.
Advent Shadowbox: Day 24, Carols to and from the Concert: Sing Christmas Carols to and from this afternoon’s Christmas Concert.
Handmade Holidays: Great Lakes Handkerchiefs: DIY Embroidered Handkerchiefs.
Advent Shadowbox: Day 25, Elvis Dog and Reindeer Cookies: Making Biscuits to lure the Reindeer and to keep the dog quiet once they get here.
Handmade Holidays: Bookplates for Children: How to make your own bookplates for the kids’ books.
Advent Shadowbox: Day 26, Santa Baby Cookies: A favourite recipe.
Homebaked Holidays: Bûche de Noël : An easy recipe for a Christmas favourite.
Advent Shadowbox: Day 27, Allons au cinema: We go to see the new (excellent) Tintin movie.
Advent Shadowbox: Christmas Eve Checklist : Cookie baking, Feasting, and more….
Advent Shadowbox: Merry Christmas
Last Minute New Years Eve: Sherlock Holmes Party and DIY Detective Kits: We have a Sherlock Holmes Film Festival, and the kids are surprised with homemade Detective Kits packaged in a shiny New Year’s Hat.