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Adventivity {what we’re reading}


I’m not. I’m not going to do it. Not until next week when it’s actually December am I going to even start to consider the very great joys of books with snow trickling down the pages, books full of lights shining out into the darkness, books full of joy, merriment, colour, sparkle and possibly even penguins, book with the word Christmas in the title!

I’d claim higher motives of wanting to save Christmas until it’s really Christmassy or some feeling that it should be a December only sort of affair but then I’d be lying. No my reason for holding back on the Christmas books is because I have something possibly even better to share, and it’s something you need to know about this week, because by next week it’ll be a bit late. By next week we will have started our Adventivity

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Over the course of my thirty-four Christmases I’ve had a whole variety of advent calendars from count down candles and ones containing snippets of bible stories to those ones filled with oddly disappointing chocolate that we always bought at university and then promptly lost half the chocolates falling through the already opened windows while packing up to head home at the end of term.

But this I think might be my favourite yet.

The front cover is a traditional advent calendar with 24 little doors to open (and no, I don’t know what the pictures are, we haven’t peeked!), but then inside the book sets out 24 different crafty activities to do all the way through December.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Some of them are more complicated than others, and there will be some that are mostly a Kitty project, and some that are mostly a Mummy or Daddy project but the majority will be things we can do as a family from pop up cards to stained glass windows, Santa sacks made out of old pillowcases and of course, penguins.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And best of all wherever possible the bits and bobs that you need for each craft are already in the book, beautifully illustrated card pop outs so that our projects will actually look like the ones in the book.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

There are some extra bits and bobs that you need but rather brilliantly the final page of the instructions section lists everything that you need for every project so that if you do need to pick up a few things you can see all of your shopping list at once.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And even though ostensibly we bought it for the children I’m starting to get rather excited about it myself. After all, it does tick almost all of my boxes for advent calendars, it’s beautiful, it’s fun, it has doors to open and most of all it doesn’t have any chocolate in it so there’s no chance of squabbling over who gets to eat the chocolate – always a good thing for preserving marital harmony, and somehow I just have this funny feeling that we’re not going to be wanting for chocolate through December!


Space for the Butterflies: What We're Reading

Last week was a week for rediscovering the characters from all our childhood classics it seems; Jess has found a wonderful Peter Rabbit story for littler ears than Beatrix Potter’s originals, and Vickie reminded me of the pure gorgeousness that is Brambly Hedge, which was apparently dreamt up on the tube – clearly I frittered away all the time I ever spent on the tube!

And if you have a favourite, or just something fun your little or not so little ones have enjoyed reading lately please do join us.  The linky is always open for the whole week so there’s plenty of time. And so, without further ado, it’s over to you to tell me what we should be reading!

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  • Vickie 25/11/2014 at 8:30 am

    Oh my goodness that bookshop link ought to come with a “you will want to buy all of the books!” warning. 🙂

    Needless to say I have just bought Adventivity (and maybe a few others…) because it looks like it was made for us! I love how it comes with all of the bits you need too. More activity books should follow suit.

    • Carie 26/11/2014 at 10:52 am

      Sorry!! Well actually not in the least bit sorry – I think we’re all going to have a wonderful advent!

  • sally 25/11/2014 at 12:31 pm

    Maria was sitting on my knee as I read this post and is now demanding that we get this book! It does look good, off to explore the link now…

    • Carie 26/11/2014 at 10:50 am

      I’d say I’m sorry but…. Yay Maria, you have excellent taste! And the Book Depository does seem to have a cracking discount on it!!

  • Jess @ 25/11/2014 at 5:24 pm

    That book looks brilliant! When I was growing up we had an advent book called ‘Muffit the Christmas Angel’ – I have searched high and low for a copy to no avail. I’m thinking maybe Adventivity could be a good replacement 🙂

    • Carie 26/11/2014 at 10:49 am

      It does look like it’s going to be a lot of fun!

  • sustainablemum 26/11/2014 at 8:46 am

    I have yet to decide on Advent Calenders this looks like it would be a good option. Off now to check out the link, thank you!

    • Carie 26/11/2014 at 10:48 am

      I think it’s definitely a good one, and just a bit different which is always nice and it’ll give us something to look forward to every day, always a plus in the winter!