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This is such a great idea. Teach kids about giving time and energy with an easy DIY advent calendar of giving

DIY Advent Calendar of Giving

Teach your kids how to give of themselves with this 20 minute diy advent calendar of giving. 25 simple positive acts to do each day.


  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pens or printer
  • Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Decorations snowflakes, bells, ribbon, etc., optional


  • Come up with a list of 25 giving acts. Make sure they are doable for an average day. The easiest way to do this is to sign up for the 25 Days, 25 Ways to Give since they have a super convenient list of activities all listed out already. As a bonus if you sign up and log your giving acts you have chances of winning one of 25 $100 Gift Cards or a grand prize trip to Smuggler’s Notch Resort in Vermont,
  • 25 days of giving simple ways to get the whole family into the giving spirit
  • Next either type up your giving acts or write them onto strips of paper. If you have kids old enough to write it would be fun to get the whole family in on writing the giving acts on the strips of paper.
  • Then make a count down chain by looping the strips of paper into circles and taping them around each other to form a chain. Make sure the giving instructions are on the inside of the loop. And write the number of the day on the outside of the loop.
  • Tie a ribbon to the top (onto day 25) and decorate if desired. It’s fun to decorate the chain with snowflakes or other seasonal details. You can let the kids do it if yours are old enough or even cut out fun shapes with a Cricut or other cutting tool like I did.
  • Then for the next 25 days you tear off a link in the chain to find out what your giving act will be for that day.
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