Each day with the nativity advent calendar that we have the kids pull out a strip of paper that tells them a special Christmas activity to do for the day. We stole this idea from a friend but it was a major hit. A lot of the days were learning Christmas songs, reading Christmas stories, baking Christmas treats, etc, but it gave my kids a lot to look forward to every morning when they would rush to the advent calendar. The trips to Tilden, the Temple, and meeting Santa were all fun activities pulled out of the calendar. Here are a smattering of the other activities we have been up to.
We had a shopping day! This had a ton of build up to it. I wanted my kids to buy presents for each other, but they have no money, so the whole month, they could do a special job and get an “x” and 5 x’s earned them a dollar. The jobs were pretty easy, but wow, they were motivated to help me. I am going to have to figure our some sort of similar system for regular life, because I loved having helpful kids.
You can see that Olivia did amazing! And usually Peter does not respond to reward gimmicks, but he did to this one. The day for shopping came and they took their stack of one dollar bills to target and we split up and they chose gifts for their siblings and it was so cute to see how they thought about what to get each other. Spencer less so since he is only 13 months! He just honestly was in love with the toy aisle at Target. What a very fun outing!
And I have to get some photos off my phone for the other activities, so that will have to wait for another night. Peace out friends!