The VICTA parent’s Christmas advent activity calendar

A little something to enjoy with your family each day this December. If you give the activities a go, we’d love to see them in the comments below or on the VICTA Parent Network Facebook group. Have fun and Merry Christmas from all of us at VICTA!
Make scented dough

How to make your own simple Christmas scented dough for sensory play fun with the kids.

Donate toys to charity

Feel good factor! Take your un-played with toys to a charity shop or donate a new toy to one of the many charities collecting for families in need.

Get wild this winter!

Take part in the Wildlife Trusts’ 12 Days Wild mini Christmas challenge.

Christmas treasure basket

Positive Eye shows us how to make a sensory Christmas treasure basket.

Read a Christmas story

Cosy time! What’s your favourite Christmas story? Fill a Christmas sack with your favourite books to share together or listen online.

Make sensory snow paint

Growing a Jeweled Rose blog shares how to mix your own wintery snow paint.

Make a tactile decoration

You’ll find lots of inspiration from VICTA’s Christmas decoration competition entries.

Watch a Christmas film

Cosy time! We all have our favourites! Make it extra cosy with Harriet’s hot chocolate.

Make a Christmas wreath

Childhood 101 have rounded up wreath tutorials from recycled materials to traditional foliage.

Bake festive braille biscuits

Even a novice baker can whip up these tactile Christmassy treats!

Enjoy a Christmas choir

Local church groups, schools and carollers will be out and about performing, the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.

Make a scented pomander

Transform an orange with cloves and ribbon with National Geographic Kids.

Make gingerbread slime

Kids love slime! Get them mixing their own Christmas concoction.

Decorate a ginger bread house

Bake and construct your own house and decorate with icing and sweets. Or, you can find nice ready-baked kits in the shops too.

Do it yourself snow globe

Little Bins, Little Hands teach us how to make a simple and fun snow globe at home.

Make cinnamon salt dough

Make your own Christmas scented dough – create decorations to bake and last!

Make a card for someone you love

Feel good factor! Sending a hand-made card in the post spreads cheer, joy and really shows you care – make it tactile or add some braille!

Make a pinecone bird feeder

Keep our feathered friends fed this winter with this fun family activity.

Christmas sensory tray

Explore all the senses of Christmas with your little one with our easy sensory tray.

Go Christmas carolling

In the bleak mid-winter sing to spread some cheer… maybe test your carol knowledge first!

Make frozen ice balls

Make these fun, quick ‘ice balls’ at home to create some very striking coloured frosty globes!

Today I’m grateful for…

Feel good factor! Take a moment for yourself – write a list of five things you are grateful for and feel the Christmas spirit levels rise.

Make a scented garland

Incorporate scent into your Christmas décor with these traditional DIY garlands.

Preform a random act of kindness

Feel good factor! Thank you for being part of our Christmas calendar, your first act of kindness is already done! Keep spreading cheer into the New Year!

1
Make scented dough

How to make your own simple Christmas scented dough for sensory play fun with the kids.

2
Donate toys to charity

Feel good factor! Take your un-played with toys to a charity shop or donate a new toy to one of the many charities collecting for families in need.

3
Get wild this winter!

Take part in the Wildlife Trusts’ 12 Days Wild mini Christmas challenge.

4
Christmas treasure basket

Positive Eye shows us how to make a sensory Christmas treasure basket.

5
Read a Christmas story

Cosy time! What’s your favourite Christmas story? Fill a Christmas sack with your favourite books to share together or listen online.

6
Make sensory snow paint

Growing a Jeweled Rose blog shares how to mix your own wintery snow paint.

7
Make a tactile decoration

You’ll find lots of inspiration from VICTA’s Christmas decoration competition entries.

8
Watch a Christmas film

Cosy time! We all have our favourites! Make it extra cosy with Harriet’s hot chocolate.

9
Make a Christmas wreath

Childhood 101 have rounded up wreath tutorials from recycled materials to traditional foliage.

10
Bake festive braille biscuits

Even a novice baker can whip up these tactile Christmassy treats!

11
Enjoy a Christmas choir

Local church groups, schools and carollers will be out and about performing, the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.

12
Make a scented pomander

Transform an orange with cloves and ribbon with National Geographic Kids.

13
Make gingerbread slime

Kids love slime! Get them mixing their own Christmas concoction.

14
Decorate a ginger bread house

Bake and construct your own house and decorate with icing and sweets. Or, you can find nice ready-baked kits in the shops too.

15
Do it yourself snow globe

Little Bins, Little Hands teach us how to make a simple and fun snow globe at home.

16
Make cinnamon salt dough

Make your own Christmas scented dough – create decorations to bake and last!

17
Make a card for someone you love

Feel good factor! Sending a hand-made card in the post spreads cheer, joy and really shows you care – make it tactile or add some braille!

18
Make a pinecone bird feeder

Keep our feathered friends fed this winter with this fun family activity.

19
Christmas sensory tray

Explore all the senses of Christmas with your little one with our easy sensory tray.

20
Go Christmas carolling

In the bleak mid-winter sing to spread some cheer… maybe test your carol knowledge first!

21
Make frozen ice balls

Make these fun, quick ‘ice balls’ at home to create some very striking coloured frosty globes!

22
Today I’m grateful for…

Feel good factor! Take a moment for yourself – write a list of five things you are grateful for and feel the Christmas spirit levels rise.

23
Make a scented garland

Incorporate scent into your Christmas décor with these traditional DIY garlands.

24
Preform a random act of kindness

Feel good factor! Thank you for being part of our Christmas calendar, your first act of kindness is already done! Keep spreading cheer into the New Year!

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