Recently, after posting about a few of our Little Saints Flannel Board Pieces, I was sent a sample product to review for Story Time Felts. My children all *LOVE* playing with Flannel Boards, so I was more than willing to look through the catalog, and check out their products.
When the sample arrived, I was very excited to receive a Christmas Tree Advent Calendar. (Thank you Karen!!) I know it seems early to talk about Christmas, but did you realize that Advent begins in less than 8 weeks?
Anyways, this little Christmas Tree Advent Calendar is sooo cute!
Here are a few of the things I liked about it:
- I was very pleased to see that the company used the words "Christmas" and "Advent" (A very important detail to me...), as well as quite a few religious pieces.
- I was excited to find that it came pre-assembled! (I can't even begin to count the hours I spent cutting felt, preparing for the Little Saints Pre-School program when Captain was little! The few dollars extra to have this arrive ready to go, is well worth it in my opinion.)
- I also *LOVED* the small Velcro pieces that are scattered on the tree and background for attaching the ornaments. (I think I may just use this idea for our Jesus Tree, since we had such a hard time getting our pieces to stick!)
- It comes with paperwork that explains the meaning and/or history of each felt symbol! For example: "Red Christmas Ornament -- Red is the first color of Christmas. It was first used by the faithful people to remind them of the blood which was shed for all people by the Savior. Christ gave His life and shed His blood that every man might have God's gift to all, Eternal Life. Red is deep, intense, vivid--it is the greatest color of all. It is the symbol of the gift of God."
- There are even activity suggestions for some of the pieces. For example: "Gingerbread House -- At the Christmas season there are plenty of good foods to eat and parties to go to with their delightful Christmas decor. It's not this way for everyone. Fill a bag with canned goods and take them to your local food bank to help someone less fortunate than you enjoy the Christmas season."
- My kids *LOVE* it!
Star, Donkey, Poinsettia, Christmas Caroler, Blue Christmas Gift, Red Christmas Gift, Red Christmas Ornament, Christmas Tree, Ice Skates, Three Wise Men, Shepherd Boy, Manger Scene, Church, Gingerbread Boy, Bell, Candle, Wreath, Christmas Card, Candy Cane, Santa Claus (we'll call him St. Nick!), Angel, Present with red ribbon, Gingerbread House, Soldier, and Dove.
The only thing I don't like about it, and this goes for any pre-made Advent Calendar, is that it is not an accurate countdown of Advent. Advent Calendars should begin on the first Sunday of Advent and end on Christmas Eve. Every year this date changes and can be as early as November 27 or as late as December 3. HOWEVER, the nice thing about this Felt Advent Calendar, unlike our Wooden Advent Calendar, is that I can easily add a few pieces on my own to make up for those days.
I also really *LOVE* their Religious Advent Calendar.
Anyways, to wrap this up, Karen Clark (Executive National Director of Story Time Felts), has graciously offered $25.00 Worth of Story Time Felts to one of my visitors!! All you have to do to be entered, is head over to Story Time Felts and take a look at a few of the other products, and then come back and tell me your favorite... OR... just tell me what you like most about this Advent Calendar!
Please do so by Thursday night, and I will hold the drawing and post the winner on Friday!