My family has an advent calendar that I keep up with during the month of December. Every day we do some sort of holiday activity. Some are really simple, and others are a bit more complex.
Our favorite activity so far has been our candy cane hunt.
It was so much fun for both my three year old and me. While J was eating breakfast I hid 16 candy canes in our living room and playroom. Some were out in the open and others were a more cleverly hidden.
I gave J a holiday themed gift bag and asked him to hunt for the candy canes. He searched and searched and when he thought he found them all, we sat down and counted our canes.
He counted them and then we able to figure out how many more he had left to find. It was neat watching him work out simple math skills.
Once he found all the canes, he sent me out of the room and hid the canes fore me to find.
It took him some time to hide each cane, but he was able to come up with some really clever hiding places.
Some places were so good that it took me a long while to find the last 3 canes he hid. We played over and over again, taking turns on hiding the canes, all morning long.
Sure this game is fun but it’s great for problem solving, math, and critical thinking skills.
This activity was so successful that I plan on making it a yearly tradition!