Here a great idea for a kid-friendly service advent calendar. Each day, for 25 days, kids can do an act of service. This is a great way to show kids the spirit of the Christmas season. They can also see that they can do small acts of kindness, and make a difference in the world.
The LDS church started an initiative - #LighttheWorld to encourage acts of kindness leading up to Christmas. My 10yr old daughter really wanted to participate! She and I came up with ideas that were kid friendly, so she could do them on her own, or with just a little help.
We loved the idea so much, I taught a class to make an advent calendar to the 10-12 yr old girls at church. Here is a simple tutorial of how we made them, so you can make one too.
First, the girls cut out all the days from the template. (I added a few blank days, so you can substitute ideas for those that may not work for your family).
Then they taped / glued them to pieces of scrapbook paper I cut into 3" x 2 1/2" pieces. I love using the Stampin UP patterned paper - there are 12 different patterns per pack, and they all coordinate with each other. (we used a retired pack of Jolly Holiday)
Next they used clothespins to clip them to a 6' piece of yarn. We used blank clothespins, but there are lots of fancy ones you can buy to glam it up a bit.
I am excited to hear about how their service goes over the next few weeks. And I would love to hear of different ideas that worked in your family.
and here is a link to the Mormon #LighttheWorld initiative where you can find ideas for all ages.