Some day I'll get around to making some neat advent calender that we can reuse every year. But not this year. Still, preschoolers really benefit from counting time visually, so I decided to make an advent paper chain.
I've seen them around where you tear off a loop every day, so you can see how close you're getting, but I wanted L to be able to see how far we've come as well. So we made a regular paper chain to hang on the wall (we use a glue stick to secure the ends), and then attached a little star to a paper clip to move along each day. It works as a great way to mark the time.
We're trying to do some bible readings or coloring pages every day. Plus, we've gotten out our little vintage nativity set and some Christmas books that we'll enjoy throughout the season. Check out these great resources:
The St. Nicholas Center - an entire website about the real Santa Claus
Advent Calendar ideas - from the crafty crow, most of them easy to do last minute!