Keeping Kids Busy on a Budget- Homemade Advent Calendars

18 11 2012

In addition to making Homemade Christmas Ornaments every year, my family also participates in a Christmas tradition dating back to the 19th century.  This tradition, making and using Advent Calendars, is  a method of counting down or celebrating the days leading up to Christmas day.  This is a fun activity that is not only fun to create, but will also be functional for the month of December

This year I decided to have the boys make one that included many skills including, coloring, cutting, gluing, and counting.

What you will need:

Santa Face– Printed on Card Stock

Red Marker


Cotton Balls

24 – 1 inch strips of paper


String or Pipe Cleaner

Print out the Santa Face and color

Depending on the Child,  have them cut out the Santa Face

Apply cotton balls to Santa’s beard

Attach the 24 strips of paper under the beard using The Paper Chain Method 

Use a hole punch and attach a string or pipe cleaner

Wait for December 1, then allow the children to remove 1 link each night.

By Christmas Eve there should be no remaining links, representing the arrival of Santa Clause.

Just another fun, cheap, magical Christmas Tradition to keep the spirit alive.





2 responses

18 11 2012
Keeping Kids Busy on a Budget- Creating Family Traditions « Teresa Chalmers

[…] Making Homemade Advent Calendars- See Blog Post Here […]

24 11 2012
The Spirit of Giving- $5.00 Family Exchange « Teresa Chalmers

[…] Annual Christmas Tree Hunt (which we will be doing tomorrow), Making Homemade Ornaments (check), Making Homemade Advent Calendars (check), giving to local charities, and our yearly visit from our friendly Elf on the Shelf (whom […]

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