Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar (Photo credit: Pedronet)

Advent Calendar for Kids

There are some very creative people making homemade Advent calendars for kids.

In the photo accompanying this post you can see an example of how your grandchildren can use construction paper to add windows that open for each day.

In the related articles below, Advent calendars range from pinning numbers on a string on your wall to printing off a Santa beard with numbers you can cut off.

The one I liked the best though is easy and mailable and reminds me of the ones my Grandmother used to mail to me that had beautiful pictures behind the windows or sometimes, a piece of chocolate behind each window.

This is a great activity for far-away Grandmothers to make and send to their grandchildren to help them wait for Christmas or Hanukkah.

You can also make it with your grandchildren if they come to visit after Thanksgiving.

Plastic Wrap Advent Calendar Ribbon

Materials:

  • 25 candies, Hershey’s kisses, or small toys (the $1 store may have something suitable in the birthday party favors section, or the crafts store may have something your grandchildren will like, like the one-inch fuzzy teddy bears my grandchildren are fond of.) If you have more than one grandchild you can make a separate string for each, or include a candy or toy for each in each day’s pocket
  • Stickers or cut-out circles numbered 1 to 25
  • Plastic wrap
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch

Optional: Cute sayings to put on the back of the numbered circles

Instructions:

  • Punch a hole in each of the stickers or cut-out circles
  • Lay out a five-foot length of plastic wrap. An ironing board or long table is a good place to do this
  • Carefully roll up the candy or toys into the plastic wrap at one end
  • Tie a ribbon tightly on the top and bottom of the first pocket
  • Continue rolling up a piece of candy or toy and tying a ribbon underneath until you have 25 pockets.
  • Use one end of the ribbon, starting at one end, to tie a number onto the first pocket, or glue it onto the pocket
  • Tie or glue a number on the remaining pockets, representing the countdown from 25 days until Christmas to 1 day left.
  • Tie an extra loop at one end of the chain, with the 1 on the pocket, and hang the chain from a doorway for your grandchildren to cut one pocket off each day until Christmas.

Or, skip the candy and toys and just put cute sayings, quotes, or scriptures on the back of each numbered disk, and string the disks together, with one to be turned over or cut off every day as Christmas approaches.

Thanks to pwcmoms.com for this activity.

 

Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers”

http://newgrandmas.com

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