An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers {Say that ten times fast!}

This was a really fun advent calendar to put together.

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If you have some little boys in your family, this advent calendar will be perfect for them!

I wanted to put a little spin on the traditional advent calendar. Instead of opening a small gift every day until Christmas {I figured out real fast, that can get expensive} You will open an old style envelope with a piece of map enclosed inside.

Each day, you, your boys, children, nephews, uncles, whoever! Will open an envelope and receive a piece of a map {for a bonus, you can add a chocolate gold coin or other piece of candy.}  Each day, they can tape each piece together…like a puzzle!

After all the pieces are put together, the location of the treasure will be revealed on the map! Feel free to make this location anywhere! It can be a map of your basement, house, backyard, or like I did: A well-known city park.  On the day the treasure location was revealed, I went out and hid the treasure. {My treasure was a bunch of chocolate gold coins locked up in a wooden treasure chest…to give it that pirate feel.} I got mine here: Hobby Lobby

The entire display was really cute, and it was really fun to do!

Here is a tutorial:

Pirate Map Advent Calendar

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Start with a large piece of paper.  I used a roll of butcher paper I had on hand, and cut it to the desired size.

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To dye the paper, I boiled 2 cups of water, and placed in two bags of Lipton* tea.  I then laid my cut paper into a shallow pan, and poured the slightly cooled tea over it. After about 30 minutes, I took the paper out and dried it flat.

An Awesome Advent Calendar for Active Adventurers

After it is dry, you can draw the map to resemble your house, yard, or well-known park. Don’t forget to add a red dotted line {or solid line} and a giant X, so your treasure hunter knows where to go.

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Next, I did a bit of burning! Using a match, I carefully went around the edges of my map, singing the edges, making it look even older! {Be careful!}

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As you can see above, I went pretty crazy with the shapes. I think the crazier the shapes, the easier it is to tape them together each day. As you may also be able to see, I numbered each one.  It was WAY easier to figure out which one was given on which day. 

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Now to cut all of those strange shapes out!

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If you already have a hanging advent calendar holder, you can just tuck each piece of map into each slot. If you don’t want to do that, you can stick each map piece into an envelope and seal it with a slight bit of red wax. {makes it look old} :)

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Starting on day 2, the kids can start taping together the map pieces. Each day, upon receiving a new piece, the kiddos can grab a roll of clear tape and begin to tape!

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On day 25…or day 24 {however you do it} let the kids loose to hunt for the treasure you should have hidden!

Imagine their faces when they open a treasure chest full of gold coins.

Imagine their faces when they realize all of those gold coins are chocolate! :)

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Have an awesome time creating your homemade advent calendar.  And remember…make it your own!

If you have ANY questions, leave a comment below and I will answer as soon as possible.

 

Have fun

~Bright Eyes

 

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