25 Advent Activities for a 2 year old 

Christmas Advent Activities 2.5 yr oldLast year in Monkey’s advent calendar I wanted to add a Christmas activity for each day, as well as a small piece of chocolate and a plastic fish! The fish were to go with his Underwater Play Mat which he was given on Christmas Eve. At two and a half I wanted to make sure that the activities were suitable for his age group.  I also wanted to incorporate some family traditions from when I was a child. I wrote each activity on a Christmas sticker and used green and red card for the backing. Here was our list for 2014:

  • Drive around and see the Christmas lights in your home town
  • Decorate Christmas cards for family and friends
  • Choose a new Christmas tree ornament or room decoration
  • Learn and sing Christmas tunes
  • Visit a Christmas market and stay overnight in a hotel
  • Pick out and cut down the Christmas Tree
  • Visit Father Christmas on the Polar Express
  • Go on a big wheel and see some ice sculptures
  • Decorate the mini Christmas tree for Monkey’s room
  • Make reindeer food

Christmas Advent Activities 2.5 yr old

  • Decorate a gingerbread houseMake Christmas ornaments for grandparents out of salt dough
  • Visit the circus and wrap presents
  • Go to a pantomime and eat popcorn
  • Open one present early on Christmas Eve – this is Monkey’s Christmas Eve Box
  • Write a letter to Father Christmas
  • Make a Winter snow globe
  • Make Christmas crackers
  • Set out the nativity scene and read the nativity story
  • Put together a time capsule ornament for the tree
  • Bake some mince pies and eat them with ice cream
  • Family dancing session to Christmas music
  • Make a Christmas wreath for the front door
  • Put the angel on top of the tree
  • Visit the Coca Cola Lorry

25 ADVENT ActivitiesFor a 2 year Old
We got lucky with the Coca Cola Lorry as it was visiting a town nearby. I am also secretly hoping that his little reindeer suit will still fit him this year! I suspect that many of our advent activities this Christmas will be similar, although we have some different excursions planned so they will feature, including a Pantomime on Christmas Eve.

Do you have any Christmas traditions or activities which will make it into your kiddies advent calendars this year?



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  1. You Baby Me Mummy (@YouBabyMeMummy)

    Our holidays are coming! I did something similar for Baby last year, we did an activity each day and it really added to the excitement for both of us! x

  2. Eimear

    Lovely ideas, nice to have a list made to make sure you get through them all! Christmas is so lovely when babies grow into toddlers and finally get it, makes it all the more exciting!

  3. Angela Milnes

    These are some great ideas Clare. I love the pantomine and gingerbread decorating! I’m going to make a list for my family!


  4. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    I am so excited for Christmas and for my daughter’s 2nd birthday too! These are some great ideas and I am sure we will be borrowing a few!

  5. Vix at AnotherMumInLondon

    These are so lovely. I’m starting to get really excited about Christmas now. My 3 year old totally gets what’s happening and I’m just looking forward to my 11 month old being more into playing and exploring than he did as a newborn last year.
    We are going to see The Tiger that came to Tea at the theatre with my daughter in December. As much as I do want to take her to a pantomime, she gets a bit overwhelmed by loud noises and I think the shouting at a pantomime could worry her. Hopefully next year we could do that too!
    Vix x

  6. .Sara. (@OoSerzoO)

    I love these ideas, we do some of these already but I especially think we’ll try the reindeer food and my little’s (who aren’t so little anymore!) really would love to visit the coca cola truck this year 🙂 Lovely post. xx

  7. Mama

    That’s such a fab idea. We haven’t started any yet but I would like too. Someone else mentioned a Christmas Eve box with new pjs, hot chocolate ingredients and a movie- I want to start doing that when our tot is a little older.

    Thanks so much for linking up to #fartglitter x

  8. chloelifeunexpected

    I love these so much! Some of these are already on our list from last year, but there are lots of new ones we’ve never done. I LOVE CHRISTMAS SO MUCH!!!! I can’t wait to start the festivities already. This is a fab post. xxx #twinklytuesday

  9. Becky Pink

    Some great ideas here. We always read “The Night Before Christmas” every Christmas eve. But we’re looking to build up some new traditions s the girls get older. Becky #TwinklyTuesday

  10. Helena

    Being my daughter’s first Christmas I’ve been looking into what would make it one to remember. I think I’m going to have to write an action plan and take loads of pics for her.#fartglitter

  11. Jenny

    We have a similar list of activities that I put in the boys advent calendar, A was too small last year, but this year they can both do the activities. Fab that the coca-cola lorry came nearby as well! #toddlerapproved

  12. Janine

    Unfortunately I hate mince pies but we could just bake normal biscuits. We did that last year too. Our Christmas markets in Germany are amazing and I would love to bring the kids to my home country some day. We open half of our presents Xmas Eve and the other half the next day. #thelist

  13. becky

    This makes me so excited for Christmas, I cant believe how quickly it has come around! We havent done our Christmas bucket list yet but lots of these shall be appearing! Thakns for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  14. hannah mum's days

    Wow you’ve put loads of thought into this! So far we have 2 trips to the theatre planned, and we might go to a locally organised party and ice skating…I don’t have as much planned school gets in the way! Crafts in the evening perhaps – I shall have to revisit this 🙂 Thanks for linking xx

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