Thursday, 27 November 2008

Advent Boxes

Last year I put together an Advent Box for my Little Cherub, full of things that she could take out and explore.

This picture shows the contents of the box ...

  • Nativity figures - I have a set of squishy plastic figures for toddlers bought when my eldest daughter was tiny.
  • A wooden Santa figure that looks fairly St.Nicholas-ish.
  • Various small board books telling the Christmas story.
  • Pictures of the Five Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
  • Pictures of St.Nicholas, St.Lucy, the journey to Bethlehem and the Immaculate Conception
  • Board book about Hannukah and a dreidl (I include these as my husband is Jewish)
Little Cherub loved her box, and played with it regularly throughout the Advent and Christmas seasons. Here she is enjoying herself with the Santa figure ...

This year, at two-and-a-half, I think she will enjoy it even more.

Advent Ideas

Advent is a wonderful season to focus on with toddlers as there are so many elements that appeal to little ones - advent calendars, candles, Nativity figures that they can handle, and so on. Whether you are starting to build family Advent traditions from scratch, or wanting to make some changes, you can find a great starting point in this series of posts by Karen Edmisten:
There are lots of ideas here, but as Karen says " do not -- I repeat, do not -- feel pressure to do it all. No one does it all. You might want to pick one or two new things on which to focus -- and then, have fun with them." And remember, nothing engages a toddler more than fun!