Christmas Countdown Ideas: Day 8

Puzzle Activity Countdown
Of all the countdowns I have shared so far, this one took the longest to make, but I truly loved the end result and I think my son will be most excited about this one. (It is actually the only one he doesn’t know about!)

What you need: 
  • A thick wood puzzle (the one I used is about 6″ x 9″ and had a dinosaur on it. If you like the image on your puzzle, it will make this project go faster. However I didn’t like the dinosaur scene so I found a cute picture of a Lego Christmas tree to place over the dinosaur image.)
  • A glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife and cutting board
  • A list of family activities (the activities I used are listed below)
  • Envelopes
What I did:

I scanned the puzzle and opened the image in Photoshop. I created text boxes to fit perfectly over each piece. Once I was all done adding the activities, I removed the background (the dinosaur image) so I just had the perfectly placed text. You can see images below of before and after the background was removed.

That was the easy part!

Next step is adding the outline of each puzzle piece, making sure that the text you created indeed fits on the real puzzle. Everything fit nicely, so I was excited.

This was also easy, but if you are thinking, “ugh, I don’t want to bother with Photoshop and all that jazz,” you can always hand write your activities onto the back of the puzzle piece.

Next was cutting out the puzzle shapes from the paper. In order to save time, I glued the text sheet and the Lego Christmas tree photo back to back so I could cut them out at the same time and the pages wouldn’t slide.

That was the hard part. Below is the front and back after I finished cutting out one row of pieces.


Last step is to glue the paper onto the appropriate puzzle piece. I glued as I cut, just to make sure I didn’t mix anything up. The cutting and gluing is what made this take a long time. However it was very worth it in the end.  The exacto knife comes in handy to cut little bits of paper away.

I placed each piece into its own numbered envelope and put them into a basket.

Our Activities

  • Bake cookies
  • Choose a movie for family movie night
  • Do a random act of kindness
  • Family game night
  • Find new Christmas music
  • Go see Christmas lights
  • Have hot chocolate
  • Make a blessing poster
  • Make a Christmas cookie tree
  • Make a Christmas craft
  • Make a pinecone bird feeder
  • Make birthday cake for Jesus
  • Make Christmas ornaments
  • Make Christmas pancakes
  • Make Christmas pizza
  • Make Christmas pretzels
  • Make paper snowflakes
  • Make popcorn garlands for the birds
  • Make reindeer treat pops
  • Open an early gift
  • Watch A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Watch A Christmas Story
  • Watch Elf
  • Watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • Watch The Polar Express

Day 1 – Countdown Blocks
Day 2 – Candy Bar Countdown
Day 3 – Punchable Countdown
Day 4 – Clipboard Countdown
Day 5 – Jesse Tree Magnets
Day 6 – Characteristics of Jesus: Advent Countdown
Day 7 – Nativity Story Countdown

Be sure to visit these brilliant women during our 10 days adventure between November 7th-18th! I love these ladies and we know you will too.

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