If you follow me on Facebook you’ll know I’ve written a book called “Balance and Calm Toolkit for Christmas Calm”.
So I thought I’d share day 1 for you – in case your book hasn’t been delivered 🙂
Advent Countdown Day 1
Baking and Decorating Cookies
This is a quick recipe to make biscuits which can be decorated with either icing tubes or plain water icing with sprinkles. Let your little one help with weighing and tickling the butter into the flour
Measure out with your little one:
Fridge Cookies: makes approx. 50
– 250g plain flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 125g butter (cut into small cubes)
– 175g caster sugar
– 1 beaten egg
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sift flour with the baking powder in to a bowl.
- Then rub the butter into the flour/ baking powder, so it looks like breadcrumbs
- Add in sugar
- Add in beaten egg with vanilla extract. Then mix to a smooth dough
- Make the dough into a cylinder shape and wrap in cling film or foil.
- Chill for 6-8 hours
- Lightly grease baking sheets
- Slice into thin discs and bake in a preheated oven at 170°C fan for 10-12 minutes, until golden
- Cover the dough and store in fridge for another day’s baking
When cool you can decorate the biscuits – snowflakes, snowmen, Christmas pudding or presents or anything you love!
Go for a Walk
Go for a walk where you can have several options:
- Look for a branchy stick that you could hang homemade decorations on (even spray/paint gold or white)
- Look for pinecones for another project later in the advent coutdown
- Create a “can you spot” list before you go for each person to tick off (e.g. fir tree, school road signs, stop sign, bird, robin, dog, cat, bobble hat, person wearing glove). Add in anything you know is likely to be seen.
- Collect all your favourite story books and get a blanket for everyone
- Get all of your Christmas stories (or movies) in one place so you can read them together. Create a story corner in the room or on the sofa
- Sit and snuggle and read together
- Maybe have one of the biscuits you decorated earlier J
- Have a good shake of your body, arms and legs whilst standing up.
- Jump up and down to release any surplus energy
- Lie down together on your back (so they can copy you)
- Use a blanket if you want to, to be super warm and cosy
- Wiggle fingers and toes
- Take a deep breath in and out to relax. Notice how your tummy rises and falls with each breath
- Close your eyes and imagine the bed/sofa you are lying on is hot toast and you are butter
- Imagine that you are melting into the bed/sofa as you relax
- Can you feel your legs melting and your back becoming part of the bed/sofa?
- Feel the warmth of the toast warming your head and neck and arms, as they relax more and more
- When you are ready open eyes and wiggle your fingers, toes and nose
- How did your body feel? Nice and warm and relaxed?
Each day spend a few minutes with your child and share something that you are grateful, glad about, enjoyed during that day. Try and share 3 things each. It can be cuddles, activity, food and more. Simple things are perfect – doesn’t have to be seeing Santa or buying a present.
Today I am grateful for….
Today I am glad about …
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