Christmas is almost here!
It’s just days away. Santa is getting all those toys ready to go and he’s preparing for his strict all-cookie diet on Christmas.
We were looking around for great ideas for Christmas that involve science, technology, math, art and engineering (STEAM) and we found an amazing one that involves building blocks.
It’s a building block advent calendar!
Now, because it’s only a few days until Christmas, that means it’s kind of too late to do this for this Christmas, but it’s such an amazing idea, we just had to share it so you can put it on your to-do list for future Christmases.
The idea comes from Little Bins for Little Hands and it’s super simple.
There are two ways of doing it. We’ll go over both.
What you’ll need:
- 24 Christmas stickers that you can write on or construction paper in Christmas colors
- 24 Non-clear bags or envelopes
Cut out 24 pieces from your construction paper that you can write the numbers 1-24 on or write those numbers on your Christmas stickers.
Adhere the bits of paper or stickers to your bags or envelopes. Whether you use bags or envelopes will depend on which way you choose to do it.
This is where the two different ways vary.
The original idea for the building block advent calendar is to create simple Christmas items for your child to recreate using building blocks. For this, you would figure out how to create these items ahead of time and then put the exact number of blocks needed to create that item into a bag along with some close-up photos of it for your child to follow along (in lieu of instructions).
Doing it this way obviously requires a lot of preparation time, but if you have the time, it’s really fun to do it this way and you’ll be able to collect your Christmas items up until the big day, providing you don’t need to reuse any blocks.
The alternate way to do it is to write simple Christmas items that you think your child would be able to make from Click-A-Bricks and put one in each envelope and then have your child figure out the best way to make them.
You can also collect the items this way as long as you don’t need to reuse any Click-A-Bricks.
No matter which way you choose to do it, it’s a fun, STEAM holiday activity to do with your children that will keep their imaginations active throughout the holiday season.
Here are some suggested items to build (or come up with some of your own):
- Candy Cane
- Christmas Light
- Christmas Tree
- Santa’s Hat
- Gingerbread Man
- Music Note
- Holly or Mistletoe
- Plate of Cookies
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!