Count down the days 'til Christmas with a calendar filled with sweet surprises.
This first model makes a tall calendar that can be hung
Construction paper, scissors, 25 small treats, 2-inch wide colored tape, puff paint, tape or glue, rickrack, pencil, colored yarn
25 small treats, such as gumball-machine prizes, wrapped candy and trinkets.
Cut a 4 1/2-foot length of 2-inch wide colored tape. Lay the tape sticky side
up and place the treats along the length of it, approximately 1 inch apart.
Next, tape together several pieces of construction paper or sections of a paper grocery bag to create a 6-foot long, 3-inch wide strip. Place it atop the treat-covered tape and press together the paper and tape around each treat. Trim off any excess paper.
Write the numbers 1 through 25 in puff paint on pieces of colored construction paper and cut them out. For extra fun, shape pieces into green trees, red Christmas balls and a yellow star. Starting at the bottom, tape or glue the numbers to the paper strip, one over each treat. Finally, glue rickrack along the edges of the paper and tape the top of the calendar to a pencil.
Tie a length of colored yarn to the ends of the pencil, and the Advent calendar is ready to hang.
A Stocking Countdown Calendar
This model makes a calendar that can be displayed across a mantle
25 socks (baby socks, odd socks, outgrown socks), marker, 25 mini clothespins, stocking hangers (or painterís tape, or pushpins to attach the calendar to a mantle), 6-foot length of cord, string or ribbon
make your calendar, fill the 25 socks with small treats (be creative: wrapped
candies, certificates for activities, etc.)
Use a marker to number the mini clothespins with 1 through 25.
To assemble the calendar, use stocking hangers, painter's tape, or pushpins to temporarily hang a 6-foot length of cord, string, or ribbon within easy reach of a child. Clip the treat-filled socks to the cord in numerical order, then each day have kids remove one to discover their surprises.