My girls are already talking about Christmas activities and one of their favorite activities every year is the advent calendar! We have several in our house every year. This one is by far the simplest and my favorite of all! Clara made this in preschool last year and I loved it so much that I had to keep it. We will be making a new one over the Thanksgiving break for this year!
This is perfect for children of all ages. Each day a star is added to the night sky.
The stars in the sky help countdown until Christmas day!
When you are out of stars you add baby Jesus to his cradle and it’s Christmas day! Do you see what I mean about simple? This is a perfect calendar to reinforce the real meaning of Christmas!
To make one yourself here’s what you need:
1-ribbon or wire to hang on door (about 8 inches)
1-11×17 piece of blue construction paper
1-yellow star (this one is about 3 inches wide)
4-wooden tongue depressor (for the manger)
2-popsicle stick (for cradle)
1-baby Jesus cutout (this one is made from brown, purple and tan construction paper)
24 star stickers
Glue, tape, marker
Attach the wire/ribbon to the top of the construction paper so that it will hang on door.
Number the night sky from 1-24
Use the tongue depressor to make a manger and glue large star on top of manger.
With the small popsicle sticks make a cradle to hold baby Jesus. Make a baby Jesus to use for Christmas day that will fit within the manger. Print the below saying to get started!
Each evening after the prayers are said, add a star and jump in bed. When all the stars are in the sky, place Jesus in his bed to lie. Baby Jesus in the hay, means that it is Christmas day!