The cutest “sharing” advent calendar with Itty Bittys

 

I’ve never been a big fan of chocolate advent calendars. It’s not that I don’t like chocolate, goodness banish the thought – I’ve been know to face plant a bar or 8 from time to time, I just think advent calendars can be SO much more fun… but it can get really expensive to do with more than one child.

This year we’re doing something extra fun. I’ve filled up the kid’s Christmas tree (yep, they have one in their bedroom – we like to live dangerously in this house) with little parcels and in them are… Itty Bittys!

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In case you don’t know, Itty Bittys are little teddies that come in various characters like The Wizard of Oz, Superheros and Disney stars! They are perfect for little hands – and are easy to slot into these sweet little parcels which not only look fun for the kids, but make lovely décor too.

The other thing I like about doing this is that we take it in turns and I really feel that the kids learn something from this. Have we had whines of “I wanted that onneeeee!”? Yes, of course, but as the days are going on the kids are getting better and better at sharing their collection and actually look forward to seeing each other open their little gift. It’s also a fun way to start the gift giving early without going overboard, something I have been known to do all too often in the past.

You can do this kind of thing with anything really – if you wanted to you could go even smaller and do something for each child on each day, but I really feel like their is some value to “sharing” the advent and teaching kids that they can enjoy giving (almost) as much as receiving!

What do you do for advent?

H 🙂

10 Comments

  1. December 17, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Oooh, I’ve never heard of Itty Bitty’s before but they are exactly what I am looking for, for the goody bags at Bear’s party. Fingers crossed I can find them at an ok price!

  2. December 10, 2016 / 1:43 am

    I know a little boy who would love some itty bitty’s … why did I not know about these sooner?! I think this is such a great idea. It cost me a blinking fortune for advent calendars this year as Oscar had a Thomas one with the little mini engines in, so then Stacey wanted one filled with nail polish and the other half wanted a brandy one! Craziness lol

    Louise x

  3. December 8, 2016 / 1:44 pm

    We are doing the Itty Bitty advent Calendar and my youngest two are loving it!!! Today they got spiderman!

  4. December 8, 2016 / 11:43 am

    I’ve seen a few people with these this year and I think they make great alternatives to chocolate x

  5. December 8, 2016 / 9:02 am

    That’s a lovely idea to help promote sharing. I’ve not seen Itty Bittys before but I am sure they will be popular with my girls too.

  6. December 7, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    I didn’t know what Itty Bittys were, I think its something my nephew would definitely love. For advent I honestly don’t do anything, I don’t even have an advent calendar

  7. December 7, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    I love that you have a tree in their room, you truly do like to live dangerously! This is such a cute way to do advent and these Itty Bittys are absolutely adorable. Aside from the small squabbles, it’s a great way for them to learn to share and cooperate. Love this.

  8. Rachel
    December 7, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    This is such a great idea, I’ve not heard about Itty Bittys before and they look so cool! xo

  9. December 7, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    This is so adorable. I look alternative advent calendars.

  10. December 7, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    Ive not heard of Itty Bittys before – I love them!
    I know for sure Hayden would love the superheros!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing this hun 😀 We didn’t do advent this year I was suppose to do books but then it just didnt happen.
    Defo next year.
    Charlote x

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