Each year my children look forward to counting down the days till Christmas with an Advent calendar. This year I decided that we didn't need to purchase one. It would be more fun to make our own (plus we'd save a few bucks).
You will need the following items to make your own Advent calendar:
- Construction paper
- Tin foil
- Hot glue gun
- Little toys and candies
- Thin rope
Follow these steps to make your homemade Advent calendar:
Cut out 24 squares from construction paper. I like to stick with red and green colored construction paper, but you can certainly use other colors if your children want to. Remember that you don't need a square for Christmas day.
Instruct your children to paint a number on each square so that they have the numbers 1 through 24. They may want to do this in the upper left or right-hand corner.
Ask the children to list what items or symbols remind them of Christmas. Make a list because you need 24 different things. You may have the following items on your list: Santa, Rudolph, snowflakes, hot cocoa, cookies and milk, presents, a Christmas tree, a star, baby Jesus, etc. Now have the children paint one item on the front of each square just below or beside the number.
Wait for the paint to dry before continuing. Once it's dry, flip the squares over. Create a pocket out of tin foil and glue around the two sides and bottom with a hot glue gun. Paste this on the back of the square.
Put one goodie for the children to discover inside the tin foil pockets. You may put a pack of gum or a pen that is decorated with their favorite cartoon character. These goodies should be small and just something fun for the kids to discover on that particular day of the month.
Hang the Advent squares from a thin rope with clothespins.