As a tradition, right after Thanksgiving, we would get ready for Christmas. First is the photo shoot for the Christmas card which we already did last week. Don’t worry, I will post it up when it’s ready. Next is the countdown calendar for the kids. I was planning to use the one I’ve been using for the last two years. When Dai Bee saw the countdown calendar I was making for my niece, he wanted one for himself. He was very eager to help, as always.
Today, we spent quite some time working on the calendar(s). It’s pretty simple to make, you can make it yourself if you already have the supplies: a box lid, spider web cotton (leftovers from Halloween decorations), yarn, and some Christmas decorations. I got some of the Christmas decorations from the local dollar store.
Here’s what I began with:
I poked some holes on the side of the lid. The boys helped me thread the yarn. After gluing the web cotton (as snow), I added some Christmas decorations on top of the lid.
These ornaments were $1.00 for 10 at the $1 store!
I downloaded a whole bunch of Christmas clip arts in advance, cut them out (with the help of the boys), and had the boys glued on to the construction paper.
Customize the 25 activities you can do with your little one(s). For example, with my boys, I have – help mama bake and decorate cookies, have Baba read your favorite book tonight, watch your favorite DVD, enjoy your favorite dinner tonight per their request, volunteer (with us, of course), make a card for your teacher, etc.
Add some accents and here are our countdown calendar(s) to Christmas 2010…
UPDATE: For activities, check it out here.
Here are other calendars I made today:
Gingerbread men countdown to Christmas for my nephews who are preschoolers.
This gingerbread man countdown calendar is extremely easy to make but requires tedious cutting. I used brown construction paper to cut out the gingerbread man (since the construction paper is pretty light weight, I stacked the papers and cut 4 at the same time). Have your little ones decorate the gingerbread man’s face (I did half of them). Use a long strip of card board (leftovers from my Christmas cards last year), fold it, tape the numbers on the center of the card. Lastly, use double sided tape to tape the little guys onto the strip, and voila!
Hello Kitty’s Hello Christmas countdown calendar for my niece:
Picked up the poster board at $1 store ($1 for 2). Fold the white paper as envelopes, and glue them onto the poster board. Download a whole bunch of Hello Kitty Christmas-related cliparts and glue them onto the envelopes. Add whatever stickers you have in your sticker collection. I used foam stickers (from Michael’s). The Hello Kitty up on top was a cut out from McDonald’s Happy Meal’s togo box.
“Today I am thankful for my little elves…”