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Advent Activities Day 1-3; Advent Wreath, Sock Drive & Christmas Playdough

Advent Activities - advent wreath, sock drive, christmas play dough
Advent Activities Day 1-3; Advent Wreath, Sock Drive &  Christmas Playdough

Okay, so we’re 3 days in to our Advent Activities and I’ve already missed two posts.  Sorry about that – but I did have a good reason!

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to us….a mixed bag of viruses and colds…

 

We woke up on December 1st after a rough night with all 3 boys in our bed and we each had a different symptom.  While Dad was nauseated, I had a terribly sore throat, Izzy was achy, Mickey Blue had a fever and Little Lou was irritable and drooly.  So, that threw off the start of advent for us.  However, we did get a start on our Christmas wreath though and we are also up to date on our readings!  If you missed the first post on our advent(ures) for this year, check it out here and get some free printable to follow along or plan your own advent activities.


Jotham’s Journey
is a fabulous story that Izzy and I are really enjoying together.  We are both having to practice a lot of self control to STOP reading at the end of the daily readings.  It is really fascinating how the author ties scriptures in at the end each chapter to help illustrate the learning going on in each chapter and to help set the setting for the culture those days.  We’re currently learning about the town of Qumran and the dead sea scrolls.

Advent Activities - reading Jotham's Journey - a storybook for advent with daily readings to help children understand the coming of the Messiah.

 

Advent Activities - December 1st

The first activity from our advent calendar was to learn how to make a wreath.  We have huge cedar hedging that runs the whole side length of our property.  Since the boys lost interest quickly, I ended up doing a lot of this project on my own.  But they did enjoy helping to snip the hedge to get the cedar boughs.  Izzy also took great care in helping to choose candles for our advent table setting.  He wanted to make sure the colours were just right.  I think it turned out really well for our first attempt!  

Advent Activities day 1 - advent wreath

Advent Activities - December 2nd

Day 2 was the annual sock drive for the Clements Centre here in Duncan.  We called ahead to find out what they were lacking in.   Turns out they needed kids socks – perfect!  We hit up our local superstore and each of the kids got to pick out 2 packs of socks in their own size.  Instead of just going for jumbo packs of socks I let the kids pick out socks that they would really want to receive.  Mickey Blue picked striped monster socks (and got 3 packs because they were on sale!). Izzy picked camo socks that he already owns and loves.  Little Lou whispered that he would like some sweet striped socks for the kids.  We dropped them off and the boys were really excited to give the socks in.  This was a wonderful experience in giving for them.

Collecting socks for the sock drive was a great giving experience advent activity! How are you helping your kids learn to give back?

 

Advent Activities - December 3rd

Today’s activity was Christmas play dough.  I was really looking forward to this activity because we haven’t had any play dough for a while. This is an activity that my kids really enjoy and enjoy doing together!  After a busy morning, we settled down to our activity only to discover that we had just enough cream of tartar to make 1/4 batch.  But we did it anyways!  I love the play dough recipe from Skip to my Lou.  We’ll make some more tomorrow to add white and green to our Christmas collection.  Meanwhile, the kids had a wonderful time with our Christmas dough, making snowmen, stars, trees, and many of their own creations as well.

Advent activity day 3 - making Christmas play dough

 

Coming up tomorrow: Advent Activities Day 4

Jotham’s Journey

 Read Week 2: Sunday (Izzy will be excited because we’ll finally get to light a second candle in our advent wreath!)

Scripture

Jeremiah 33:14-16

14 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.

15 In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.

16 In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness.

Daily Activity

Our family is going to the Cowichan Bay light up (at the maritime museum starting at 6:30pm for all local folks)

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I am a follower of Jesus, SAHM, THMer, and homeschooler to my 4 boys. I love to garden and am a wanna be homesteader. I also LOVE organizing.

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  • Our first #harvest of #rhubarb ! We got 1/4 pound. So what do you do with such a small amount of this vegetable? (That's right! Even though we often enjoy it like a fruit #itsavegetable ). I made #pop , rhubarb pop!! It was delicious πŸ˜‹What is your favourite rhubarb treat??
  • #messy tables usually cause me grief! But not this time, when I turned around and saw our #kitchentable a complete cluttered #mess, I felt happy πŸ’• today my table reflects the mom I want to be for my kids always. We went on a #naturewalk together, #collected leaves, make #leafprint artwork and enjoyed each other! Our messy kitchen table reflects the love and learning that happened here today. What about you? What made you smile today?
  • This #sweet and #serious boy is on the count down to #threeyears! Time goes so fast it's crazy!!! If you've been following my feed for awhile you know how old my baby is! If you multiply his age and Mickey Blues age - they are the square root of my next oldest son! He just had a birthday. How old did he turn??? #math #riddles
  • I'm not good at #mushroom identification but I still like to #photograph them!! We found these little ones growing on the side of the road on our #naturewalk this morning. Izzy and I are starting a #couchto5k program and today was our first #run. We enjoyed our walk back looking at leaves and everything growing along the side of the road. He wants to learn to #identifymushroom . Anyone that can #identifythis ?
  • Things are certainly coming along well in the #garden !  The #garlic is about 2 feet tall, the #potato plants are ready to mound up, as our everbearing #strawberries have flowers on them! Despite the cooler than normal #weather at this time of year, everything is growing and growing well! I can't wait to walk through the garden in full bloom and pick our food πŸ’•
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