The calendar is done!  Didn’t it turn out awesome?


Each card has a book title written on one side and an activity listed on the other.



My favorite part!  Violet asked me, “Who is that guy in the birthday hat?!”



I’m in the process of sewing our calendar. I’m pretty excited about it! I’m not quite finished yet, but here’s a sneak peek!


Here is a list of the books we will be reading and the activities to go along with them.  I’m not sure of the order yet, I’m thinking we’ll do the more complex ones on the weekends, and leave some easily transported/not messy ones for when we’re traveling.

Magnets: Pulling Together, Pushing Apart  – Rosinsky, Natalie

Magnet Jar

If I Were an Astronaut – Eric Braun

Make a Rocket & Alien

Roaring Rockets – Tony Miltton

Milk Paint

A Drop of Blood – Paul Showers

Pendulum Paint

Gravity is a Mystery – Franklyn Mansfield Branley

Gravity Drop

What is Science – Rebecca Kai Dotlich (reading this one twice)

Density Jar

Egg in a Jar

Planets – Elizabeth Carney

Planet Ornaments

Newton and Me – Lynne Mayer

Ball Ramps

Meet Einstein – Mariela Kleiner

Paper Towel Colors

Oh Say Can You Seed – Bonnie Worth

Grow a Bean

Gingerbread Pirates – Kristin Kladstrup


Looking for a Moose – Phyllis Root

Animal Resist Painting

There’s No Place Like Space – Tish Rabe

Make a Constellation

Let it Snow – Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Snow Painting

Galactic Goodnight – Susan Ring

Sun Topper

Older Than the Stars – Karen C. Fox

Yarn Amoebas

Where Does Our Food Come From – Debra Stilwell

Colored Celery

Stink-O-Pedia – Megan McDonald


Sound – Natalie Rosinsky

Cup Phone

Volcanoes – Dana Rau


Pepper’s Special Wings – Mary Anne Farah

Adaptation Coloring Sheets

Clouds – Alice K. Flanagan

Cloud Jar

This is the Rain – Lola M. Schaefer

Rain Jar

Hi!  So, this idea is a few years in the making.  We had to wait for Violet to get old enough to participate, and for me to (stop being lazy) do the research and gather ideas.  My inspiration came from 2 ideas floating around the internet.  First, The Advent Calendar of Physics, a website that posted a formula every day in December leading up to Isaac Newton’s birthday (Christmas).  Second, A Book a Day Advent, where families read a different Christmas book every day leading up to the holiday.

So here’s the plan.  Every day December 1st-24th we’ll be picking a card from our Advent Calendar of Science.  On it, there will be a book to read (mostly fun children’s science books) and an activity to do.  The activities will be preschool appropriate science experiments and Christmas decoration making (with a sciency theme).  Plus some Christmas cookie making!  (That’s measurements and chemistry, right?!)

We’re super excited, I hope you have fun following along!

Tomorrow, I’ll post the books list and links to the activities if anyone wants to participate along with us 🙂  About half we had in our collection, and the other half I checked out from the library.