Christmas Kindness ADVENT CALENDAR idea for kids & family - daily ideas - punch cup carnival game countdown - envelopes, balloons, jar, etc.

I know there are so many kindness ideas from donating toys, bringing food to homeless, sending cards to soldiers, but I wanted something that the boys could do that day without any planning. 

The idea is to remind them about daily kindness, patience, and appreciation.
Little things that might make a big difference in their day or for someone else. 

Here is our KINDNESS advent calendar shaped like a Christmas tree!


We are doing a Christmas advent countdown with punch cups. 
Same craft from the punch cup carnival game for the library event I made a few years ago. 

The idea is to "punch" open each cup and read the act of kindness for that day.
You could do envelopes, balloons, or jar of kindness.

I found some old holiday themed scrapbook paper. Really really old scrapbook paper from 1996. Again, this proves I'm a hoarder  pack rat super smart and thrifty to keep every single thing and never throw stuff out. :) 

What you need:
cups
hot glue
foam core cardboard
notes
tissue paper
rubber bands
candy (optional)


Purchased cups from Wal-Mart.

Remember the paper flowers table decorations? I used the leftover tissue paper from that craft.


I printed all the little notes on the back of the scrapbook paper and cut into strips.

IDEAS:

Compliment five people today
Write a note or text someone you haven't talked to in a long time
Help someone today without being asked
Smile! It's a contagious feeling and can benefit you and others around you.
Tell someone you appreciate them
Commit to a day of positvity. Find the bright side to everything that might not go your way.
Give your pet or friends pet extra attention today
Stay off your phone or social media - interact with someone around you
Let someone go ahead of you in line or go through the door first
Stay clear of words like "never" or "can't" in a negative context
Focus on patience. Don't let the little things bother you.
Just say thank you. Even for the small things. Show appreciation when you can.
Share your extra treat with a friend or two at lunch. (I have teens. This might not work with younger children with food allergies)
Take time to listen to someone. Ask how they are doing or what they are planning for the holidays.
Your choice!
Pick up litter you see throughout the day


And for December 25th - Keep the kindness and interactions going all year long!

You can make the notes more specific for your family. For example my boys forget to turn lights off on a regular basis. One day might have something about being extra energy efficient. EEE day! Or maybe something for the dogs. They love to go to the dog park and we don't take them enough or give them a really long brushing.


I decided to add some candy too and printed red and green numbers. 
(free downloads below)


Cut tissue paper into squares.


I didn't have brown tissue paper and couldn't find any at the store. I spray painted cream tissue paper brown. Lol! I really wanted brown tissue paper. 

1.5 lever punch to cut numbers.




Two Hershey's Kisses in each cup. The boys will take turns "punching" open each cup but included candy for both of them. The bag had 53 Kisses and I need 50. Whew! Worked out perfectly. 

I sorted all the acts of kindness based on if the boys were in school, on break, or if it was a weekend. I can't ask them to share a treat at lunch if it's Saturday.



Filled all the cups from the bottom up.


I tested my tissue paper color pattern. :)


Punch cup tutorial HERE

Wrapped tissue paper over the top of the cup and secured with a rubber band. 


Attached the numbers with double sided tape in the center of each cup.






Hot glue cups to foam core board.

If you don't want to do all 25 days you could do the 12 days of Christmas Kindness.



I made 25 cups to open the last one on Christmas Day. 

I went to my BFF's house to take pics and realized I didn't like the rectangle board. :/


I trimmed the sides and around the bottom.


Added red garland around the edges and used the gold star from the Red Carpet event.
It looks so much better!



Before and after.


FREE DOWNLOADS
Red & Green numbers 
4x6 size photo
Print at your local Walgreens, CVS, print lab or print at home.

(Click link below and right click and save)

1-8
9-16
17-24
25

Thank you for visiting my blog. Any questions? Just ask! 

Follow me!


DIY fancy bling treat sticks - candy apple, lollipop, cake pops - how to make tutorial - PARTY TABLE IDEA - gold candy buffet - wedding, shower, graduation, birthday, parties

I absolutely love these bling treat sticks. 
Great for dipped marshmallows, Rice Krispies Treats, candy apples, lollipops, Oreos, cake pops, or any treat on a stick.

We hosted a red carpet/movie star themed event and everything HAD to be extra fancy.
I will say that this detail was talked about the most.

They were really easy to make and everyone was so impressed.


What you need to make bling treat sticks:
bling ribbon 
4" paper sticks
hot glue

The ribbon and sticks were both purchased at Michael's. I found the bling ribbon in so many colors. Perfect way to match a color or party theme.

When measuring make sure you leave enough space at the end of the stick to add the treat.

I used 4" sticks and counted 13 faux rhinestones of ribbon.
Add hot glue to the first row and place the stick. 

I started several to make sure the hot glue had time to set.

Next add hot glue to the last row and roll the stick until the first and last row are touching. Gently press to down to secure the hot glue.

DONE!



 I found these cute mini squares Rice Krispies Treats that came 32 to a box for under $5.



I love how they turned out.




You might also like:

PARTY FAVORS


VIP PARTY PASS


MOVIE CANDY TAGS


CONCESSIONS SIGN


DIY CUPCAKE TOPPERS/TABLE CONFETTI


SNACKS & SWEETS


EVENT PHOTOS & IDEAS

Thank you for visiting my blog. Any questions? Just ask! 

Follow me!



DIY Concessions IDEAS - MOVE NIGHT THEME PARTY - sign idea - How to tutorial - TABLE DECORATION - FREE downloadable tags


I'm making a concessions table for an upcoming red carpet/movie star table and trying to make everything look glittery and fancy but on a low budget.



Supplies
Foam core board or styrofoam
Wrapping paper
Letter prints
Scissors
Double sided tape
Garland
Hot glue 
Lights (optional)
I printed 4x6 glitter prints at Walgreens for each letter for the concessions sign. 

(free download below)

11 x 36 styrofoam from Michael's. I was originally going to use foam core board but it wasn't long enough. 
Cut each letter out leaving a white border or outline.


Red wrapping paper to cover the styrofoam. 

Wrapped it like a present. Kinda messy but no one will see the sides.

Double sided tape to attach each letter.



Hot glued gold garland around the edges.




FREE DOWNLOADS

CONCESSIONS LETTERS
Each letter is a 4x6 size photo.
Print at your local Walgreens, CVS, print lab or print at home.

(Click link below and right click and save)

C
O
N
E
S
I

Individual serving size candy. FREE downloadable tags HERE.


DIY cupcake star picks/toppers HERE


You might also like:

PARTY FAVORS


VIP PARTY PASS








Thank you for visiting my blog. Any questions? Just ask! 

Follow me!