Home made Christmas advent calendars
Christmas is an exciting time for children. The count down to the big day starts 24 days in advance. How better to build excitement with a home made advent calendar.
Here’s our pick of the top home made advent calenders! (updated November 2012 to include Mother’s Union advent calender)
- Traditional advent calender for children
- Muslin bag calendar
- Bubble wrap calendar
- Santa beard calendar
- Advent tree calendar
- Odd sock calendar
Advent is the Christian tradition of observing the four weeks preceding Christmas. For more information on Advent and traditional practice of lighting a candle on each of the four Sundays preceding Christmas see Advent for kids.
The Mother’s Union advent calendar has a traditional Christmas nativity scene. Print it out then let your children colour it in and glue the activity sheet for a non-commercial build up to Christmas. Click on the image to download the calendar.
An easy calendar to make, your children can help you with this one.
- Buy 25 cheap, small muslin bags.
- Using brightly coloured pens write the numbers 1-25 on them.
- Attach different lengths of red or green ribbon or string to each bag.
- Hang them up on coathooks or from a window sill.
- Fill the bags with small presents or treats for your little ones.
- Let them open one bag per day on the run up to Christmas.
A fun calendar for the whole family and really simple to make!
- Buy a sheet of big bubble bubblewrap and count out 25 bubbles.
- Trim the sheet to size.
- Using a marker pen, write the numbers 1-25 in random places around the sheet.
- Each day, pop the bubble with the coinciding number.
This is one for your children to enjoy but mum or dad to help with each morning.
- On red paper mark out and draw a hat.
- Draw and cut out a face using peach paper.
- Cut out trim and a bauble for the hat using white paper.
- On a long piece of white paper, draw and cut out an extra large beard for Santa.
- Use a ruler to mark 25 equal horizontal sections across Santa’s beard and number them.
- Glue all pieces together.
- Each morning, carefully cut along the line to shorten Santa’s beard. When it’s all gone, it’s Christmas Day!
When on a woodland walk keep an eye out for a branch you can use for your advent tree.
- Plant your branch in a pot or rest against a wall to keep it upright.
- Attach a mix of toys and treats in smal bags or wrapped in old wrapping paper to string loops.
- Along with other Christmas decorations, attach the gifts to the branches of the tree.
- Let your little one choose one every day until Christmas.
Find yourself with a washing machine monster who eats a sock or two every wash? Do something useful with the odd socks.
- Gather 25 odd socks, the more colourful the better!
- Write 1-25 on the socks or if you still have hope of finding their partners, use stickers.
- Fill each sock with goodies.
- Use tinsel or string to create a washing line on the wall or across the fire place.
- Use pegs from the washing line to attach each sock to the line.
- Let your child pick out a treat each morning.
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Photography: Andy Mangold @Flickr