End of year ideas

Firstly, I think this is simple and fun: Family photo booth photos – one a year. Does anyone know where there is a photo booth that takes old black and white strips in Melbourne? I would love to do one of these every December and marvel at the changes as Amelia gets older (and weep as we do).
The other great idea, which I have been thinking about since Stephanie posted about it on her blog last week, is an advent calendar of fun activities. Stephanie is making a gorgeous sock advent calendar – and inside each sock she is going to place an idea for a simple activity for the whole family to do together each night. I love this idea, and while I don’t have the time now to make little stockings, I think we can manage 24 ideas in envelopes. I was looking through the latest copy of Notebook magazine (it has been highly recommended by a couple of friends and I agree that it’s worth a peek) and came across this idea for an advent calendar:

which could be another fun way to hold all the activities rather than envelopes. But for now, I just need to come up with 24 activities that will keep a 3 year old entertained for a short time every evening in December (presentation may be a little incidental this year). So far, I have gleaned these ideas from Stephanie’s entry and the wonderful associated comments (and adapted and added some for our family and our hemisphere):

1. Paint everyone’s toenails
2. Have hot chocolate with all the fixings (we might do milkshakes if it’s too hot)
3. Star gazing
4. Give everyone crazy hairstyles
5. Backyard cricket
6. Go out for sushi
7. Have an indoor picnic
8. Write letters to Father Christmas
9. Use puppets to tell bedtime story
10. Have breakfast for dinner (I am thinking pancakes)
11. Make decorations for the tree
12. Have a camp out around the christmas tree
13. Pack a picnic dinner and have it at a park (or Botanical Gardens)
14. Fancy dress for dinner time
15. Wrap a toy and take it to a charity christmas tree
16. Make handmade gift tags for relatives
17. Fish and Chips for dinner down at the beach
18. Fold origami for the christmas tree
19. Dance like crazy to music
20. Watch a christmas movie with popcorn
21. Go out for gelati
22. Take Nanny and Pappous to see the Christmas lights
23. Have a bubble bath
24. Special christmas Eve treat TBA

Great ideas for people in Melbourne (perhaps with older kids – or no kids!) – even more ideas for those who feel like living it up in December.

Other ideas for “fun family activities

Christmas themed games and activities (warning: pop up ads)

Have you got any suggestions?