I’ve been waiting to do an Advent Calendar like this for years. 25 playful, interactive and gorgeously illustrated books to countdown the Holidays. Opening one each and every night in December, as we anticipate Santa’s arrival. Because now seemed like the perfect time, Sofia can read with ease and Stella loves having her sister read to her.
We’re so excited to have partnered with Clever Publishing this Holiday to share with you our DIY Book Advent Calendar. And above all, we’ve happy to share free printables for you to use for your very own Advent Calendar. From the numbers for your wrapped books to the golden start for the tippy-top of your tree of books.
So, keep on scrolling and see ways you can display your Advent Calendar and get the links to all the books we chose for ours. Above all, they’re a good mix of Holiday favorites, learning flap-books, puzzle books and even exciting look & find books for all ages. Consequently, there is something for everyone.
Even more, we curated an list of the books we’ve included in our DIY Book Advent Calendar. Linked up below for those purchasing here in Canada or from the USA. Similarly, they’re all available on amazon or through the Clever Publishing website. Furthermore, these book are all an incredible quality (most being board books) with gorgeous illustrations you can easily get lost in. Ranging anywhere from $3.50 to $16.99 each book.
Within the books, I thought it would be cute to include a few other things. Like a set of Christmas stickers and color-your-own Christmas Cards. Furthermore, I wrapped and marked the stickers and Christmas cards to open within the first week of December. Therefore we can customize them and send them off in the mail early enough to friends and family.
And because I know you’re waiting for the printables, here are the Advent Calendar numbers and golden Christmas Star for your use (personal use only, please).
HOW TO: NUMBERS & STAR
First of all, the numbers can be printed off any size you wish. So this way you can size it to your books. I chosen to do them in an array of sizes based on my personal preference. So print them as you wish. I printed them off on the Cricut Maker and glued them to each wrapped book. Finally, the Christmas Star, I printed also on the Cricut. Had it cut my 6 stars at 4.5 inches each. Then, by hand, I scored them each in-half, folding them all and gluing their backsides all together.
Above all, it’s a super simple little project that just takes the Advent Calendar to the next level. Likewise, it’s not necessary, but just a added bonus.
ONE // Happy Holidays, Pirates (CAN/US) – lift the flap book
TWO // Merry Mazes (CAN/US) – maze challenges
THREE // Colors to Learn (CAN/US) – lift the flap book
FOUR // Max The Rabbit Gets a Present (CAN/US) – board book & puzzle
FIVE // My First Words At Home (CAN/US) – first dictionary
ONE // Look & Find, The Holiday Season (CAN/US) – 989 things to find
TWO // Where Birdie Lives (CAN/US) – lift a flap book
THREE // Max The Rabbit Digs a Hole (CAN/US) – board book & puzzle
FOUR // Max The Rabbit gets a Present (CAN/US) – board book & puzzle
FIVE // Busy Christmas (CAN/US) – board book & spinning wheel
ONE // Warm & Busy Wintertime (CAN/US) – activities travel pad
TWO // I Know Nature (CAN/US) – lift a flap book
THREE // Holiday Celebration Sticker Book (CAN/US) – 1,000 festive stickers
FOUR // Max The Rabbit Learns to Swim (CAN/US) – board book & puzzle
FIVE // 25 Marvelous Mazes (CAN/US) – maze challenges
ONE // Warm & Busy Holidays (CAN/US) – activity travel pad
TWO // I Know Everything (CAN/US) – lift a flap book
THREE // My First Quiz Picture Book (CAN/US) – questions book
FOUR // Max The Rabbit plays Hide & Seek (CAN/US) – board book & puzzle
FIVE // Fun Things To Do (CAN/US) – puzzles, mazes and more
ONE // Olivia’s North Pole Adventure (CAN/US) – board book
TWO // Numbers to Learn (CAN/US) – lift a flap book
THREE // Look & Find Our Animal Friends (CAN/US) – over 800 animals to find
FOUR // Holiday Cards (CAN/US) – holiday cards to color and send
FIVE // Arthur’s Holiday Adventure (CAN/US) – board book
Certainly, we’re no stranger to making Advent Calendars. We’ve made our fair share over the years, including this kids Vintage Advent Calendar and even one for Sammy that included his favorite chocolates and little love notes. Probably my most favorite thing to make because you can get so personal with it.
DISCLOSURE: Thanks to Clever Publishing for sponsoring this post.
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