I got Nathan an advent calendar this year to count down to Christmas but I was having trouble coming up with an option for Alex. We've tried the Playmobil and Lego calendars in the past but ran into trouble with tiny bits being strewn everywhere and Alex being rather unimpressed with the whole thing.
So this year, I made him an advent calendar. I started out with a few basic supplies:
And with two dozen pictures, some pill organizers and tape, I made this:
It has a few extra compartments but Alex has been pretty excited about it. I put some of the tiny Lego bits which he likes in each compartment. (Next year, I'll try using miniature marshmallows.) After a day or two, I find the bits discarded and put them in the collection bin upstairs. It took me about 90 minutes to make, 40 of which were thinking up Christmas themed ideas for the little pictures.