Inside: A round-up of Christmas countdown calendars.
Yesterday Sandi, from rubber boots and elf shoes, was wondering if anyone had any ideas for a Christmas countdown calendar, other than the ubiquitous Santa with the cotton puff beard.
The bearded Santa is the one I’ve done every year, but when she expressed a desire for change, it got me thinking, too.
So I started searching online for alternatives.
I have to tell you there are TONS of advent calendar ideas out there but not many that kids can actually make.
Here’s what I finally came up with.
1. Paper Chain Countdown
I used to do these with my class years ago, but unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures. But you can find some great photos and directions from the Modge Podge Rocks blog.
Image Source: Modge Podge Rocks
2. Trim Santa’s Beard Countdown
I thought this idea from Gluesticks was very original. I haven’t seen this idea anywhere else. The entire Santa is made out of paper and once it’s complete, all you do is trim off a piece of the beard.
Image Source: Gluesticks
3. Christmas Countdown Tree
This beautiful and free printout is available from Made to Be a Momma. It’s a full colour printable which makes it perfect for quick and easy home use.
Image Source: Made to Be a Momma
4. Countdown Christmas Tree in B & W
If you’re looking for an advent tree for the classroom, then this one from the Printables Fairy will be a better choice as it’s in black and white. Perfect for the photocopier, right? Plus, your kids could get super creative in how they decorate the ornaments each day.
Image Source: Printables Fairy
Hmmm….so hard to decide, but I think they’d all be wonderful choices for a fun way to count down the days until Christmas.
BTW, here’s my own quilted Advent Calendar that I bring to school each year. I use this in addition to the individual calendars the kids have. I put chocolate in each of those trains (they have little pockets) and each day the special helper gets a chocolate.
I’d love to see what your kids will be making for a Christmas countdown calendar. Be sure to let me know in the comments.