25 Advent Activities for a 3 year old

I can not believe we are almost in December. It won’t be long before Monkey is eagerly opening the doors on his wooden advent calendar. With this in mind I have finally got round to writing out the activities to go in it.  There are some similarities with the activities we did last year, which can he found here – Advent Activities for a 2 year old. This effectively acts as our bucket list for the holiday season


  • Write a letter to Father Christmas
  • Play with play dough and festive cutters
  • Make and decorate Christmas cards for friends and family
  • Make snow flakes
  • Paint ceramic decorations
  • Cut down the Christmas tree and have tea on a vintage bus
  • Decorate the tree
  • Make a snow globe
  • Have some sensory fun with homemade frozen snow
  • Make some pine cone decorations
  • Stick together some paper chains
  • See the reindeer & visit Father Christmas on the train
  • Make some Christmas scented play dough
  • Choose a Christmas craft
  • Eat Christmas popcorn
  • Make the grandparents some DIY gifts
  • Drink hot chocolate with marshmallows
  • Make festive bird feeders
  • Ice the Christmas cake
  • Drive around and see the Christmas lights
  • Make reindeer food for Christmas Eve
  • Decorate the gingerbread train
  • Go to the pantomime
  • Open one present before Christmas Day – Monkey’s Christmas Eve Box
  • Sing and dance to Christmas songs

I am always on the look out for new Christmas activities. So if you have any particular traditions which you get up to with your family please let me know in the comments below.

Let the countdown begin


Mums' Days



  1. November 28, 2015 / 9:21 am

    This is lovely – I do like the idea of making your own calendar rather than lots of cheap chocolate (and more fun than just pictures!).

  2. November 28, 2015 / 9:38 am

    I love seeing advents to give me some ideas I am hoping to do some activities with Blake.

  3. November 28, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    You just reminded me that I need to buy an advent calendar, thanks for the awesome ideas you’ve shared forwarding to my sister in law for my nephew.

  4. November 28, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    What is Christmas Popcorn and how do I make it?? I’ve finally found a decent gingerbread recipe so I need to hunt out some gingerbread men cutters – I want to try the upside down reindeer! Ooh it’s nearly here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. November 28, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    Love this, I always make a holiday list of stuff I want to do and also do regular guides for Christmas and other seasons. I like the idea of trying one different activity every day

  6. Sian | The Mama Story
    November 28, 2015 / 7:33 pm

    What great ideas! We did an activity one last year, a book one the year before and a (mostly) crafty one this year. Read Christmas books would be another suggestion and make a bird food feeder too. This year’s craft list includes a variety of tree decorations, paper plate crowns, snowmen faces (involving paper plates and a lot of cotton wool balls!), potato printing to make wrapping paper and a wreath using circles of cardboard and holly stickers. Have a fun advent!

  7. November 29, 2015 / 9:20 am

    lovely ideas – I am really looking forward to advent this year.

  8. angel2rainbows
    November 29, 2015 / 11:10 am

    Oooo I like this idea. You’ve reminded me that I got a secondhand wooden advent calendar last year. Need to get it down from the loft before Tuesday. I like the idea of doing things instead of just filling with chocolate. I might not get around to an activity every day but even some would be good. Thanks!

  9. November 29, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    Ah, thank you so much for this post, it as reminded me of things that I need to do come next week. We do the Elf on the shelf and Emma is getting a Lego advent calendar so they will all have to come down from the attic on Monday night. We always send Christmas cards into her school too so I need to get the name list, once again!xx

  10. November 29, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    I love the idea of Christmas Eve boxes, it is such a cute idea x

  11. December 1, 2015 / 7:49 am

    Such a responsibility fostering the Christmas spirit…but Lordy it’s fun!!! Ho ho ho!!! #TwinklyTuesday

  12. December 1, 2015 / 10:06 am

    What a great list. I wouldn’t know where to start – they are all brilliant!

  13. Coombe Mill
    December 1, 2015 / 11:56 am

    We will be making Reindeer food here for our deer on Christmas Eve Popping by from Toddler Approved Tuesday

  14. December 1, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Great suggestions, thanks so much for sharing with #TwinklyTuesday I am pinning this to remind me later! Becky x

  15. December 2, 2015 / 5:56 am

    Great ideas, we’ve been loving doing our Christmas crafts and are now enjoying our advent countdown too! Thanks for linking up with #toddlerapprovedtuesday x

  16. Suz (Beau is Blue) (@beauisblue)
    December 2, 2015 / 8:46 pm

    What a fantastic list, im alwasy looking for things to do with Elliott and these look great! Great read and a fantastic review! Suz x Beauisblue.com

  17. December 4, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    Great list of ideas! #FabFridayPost

  18. December 4, 2015 / 10:01 pm

    This is a beautiful list of ideas and makes life seem so idyllic! I’m looking at a Velcro nativity advent calendar with all the kings and shepherds and poor baby Jesus on the floor somewhere! My son is desperate to bring the Christmas tree in from outside…think that’s a job for tomorrow…just hope it’s still alive and all the pine needles don’t fall off!!

  19. Nige
    December 6, 2015 / 8:51 am

    Great list and making your own calendar looks so much fun #justanotherlinky

  20. December 7, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    That’s fab. We do a book advent calendar but when my eldest grows out of our current books, I think we’ll do something like this to go with it. I’d love to have tea on a vintage bus! Ours would probably include ‘drink hot Vimto at the Christmas markets’. This year we’ve also taken chocolate coins to the local food bank and have bought presents for the elderly (a local loneliness campaign). Enjoy the rest of advent x #justanotherlinky

  21. hannah mum's days
    December 10, 2015 / 11:37 am

    You had me at Cut down a Christmas Tree and have tea on a Vintage Bus!! Where oh where can you do this?! Our tree is now up and looking lovely, but I think we need to pick up on some of these ideas, they are great! Thanks for linking up for my last list! xxx #TheList

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