After the holidays died down, I received a review from across the world that made me cry. She put into words the core and heart of EcoMonster. It was emotional because when you publish your passion for the world to see, you don't always know if you're doing it right or if anyone is listening to you. You start to feel crazy and you kind of doubt yourself... So for me, this email yelled at me that I was doing something right. Thanks, Mascha <3
I'm not into buying loads of or expensive presents for Christmas as to me that doesn't represent Christmas. Besides that I didn't want a real tree either, but was thinking about making one on the wall with masking tape. I searched the internet for ideas and stumbled upon several interesting sites, one which directed me to Ecomonster's Fun Packed Advent Calendar.
I was immediately attracted by the fact that it was 'recycled', didn't contain any sugary sweets, no brands/merchandise and the children got to do stuff! What better season than to spend quality time together and learn the children about recycling and making stuff and counting in the way than Christmas?
My only concern was that I was a bit late and the order had to come from the US (we live in Singapore), but I took the risk thinking if it was late I would use the envelopes after Christmas or open two on the same day. The package arrived on Friday December 6th, just when the boys were at preschool. I unpacked and hung them (one for each boy) on our windows with washi tape and string – looking like Christmas trees. It looked festive immediately!
Of course they saw them when they got home. I explained what it was and they were excited to open the first envelope. It held pipe cleaners and I helped them make the shapes they wanted – a spider and a star. By the end of the day they had been shaped in more than 10 different shapes and they ended up on the tree as decorations. So much fun with such a small thing!
From that day one the first thing in the morning they would ask was: 'What day is it today? Can we open our envelope?' That's why in all the pictures they are still wearing their pajamas ;)
Some things were very straight forward and they got on with it right away, some needed a bit more explanation and a couple of things didn't quite end up 'as meant' but we had fun! Try to let your child make whatever he/she thinks is possible with the stuff that's in the envelopes - they come up with the most extraordinary ideas!!
My boys are 4 and almost 3 years old and loved it. They go to a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool, so they are used to working with recycling materials and creating 'from scratch'.
I would definitely recommend this calendar to any parent who wants some original, sustainable and creative fun with their child while counting down to Christmas.
-Mascha from Singpore
Thanks to these boys across the globe for pushing me to ask myself, how do I make these calendars even better for the kiddos this year? So, I'm excited to announce my:
- 2 0 1 5 Crafty Advent Calendar for Kids -
RELEASE date for new version is November 12th, 2015
AVAILABLE only until November 20th, 2015 for purchase (full set for 24 day countdown)
NEW - This edition includes a mix of shapes, sizes, and patterns. This means I'm no longer limited to filling these advent calendars with diy's that can only fit into a flat 2x2 envelope. Very exciting because I'm able to include so many more fun craft activities that did not fit before. Up until my release date, I'll share sneak peeks and reveal what's actually inside some of these envelopes over on my Instagram @ecomonster.
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