Like a lot of families, sometimes we have to endure a temporary separation for work purposes. We had just dropped Daddy off at the airport and my daughter said, “Mom! We should make an advent calendar for when Daddy comes home!”. I couldn’t believe she’d remembered the advent calendar we had made over 9 months ago for Christmas using some twine, small boxes and wrapping paper.
I thought it was a great idea! It would be a way to talk about their daddy and how much we missed him, but that he’d be back soon. It was also a way to incorporate some number and letter recognition exercises into each day, as well as an appreciation for time in days and weeks.
On a trip to Target, I picked up a piece of black tagboard, some post-its shaped like numbers and letters and some adhesive gem stickers. Total cost was about 10 bucks. The rest of what we used came from what we had in our office and craft bins.
As I was preparing to buy envelopes to use as pockets for the calendar, I looked at my mail pile. I had a coffee invitation, and a large birthday card. I normally recycle cards unless they are super special. But, I could use them. I ran to the office and pulled out some cheap blank cards I’d been meaning to use for the last 5 years. We now had advent calendar pockets.
Here’s our material list:
- Large piece of tagboard
- Number and Letter Post-its (or you can cut out your own, use stencils or draw them on to save $$)
- Received cards, invitations, or cheap unused stationary/Thank You cards you need to toss out, donate or recycle
- Tape (if the glue fails)
- Decorations (stickers, stamps, gem stickers)
Step 3: Glue the numbers onto the cards with the opening at the top. You can also use stamps to do this or just draw the letters on.
Step 4: Fill the card pockets with the advent treat.
Step 5: Apply glue to the most protruding part of the card’s back. This is where it will adhere best to the tagboard.
Step 6: Apply a little pressure to your card pockets to set the glue.
Step 7: Prepare some notes to decorate the calendar for the person you’re missing! You can use photos, too!
Here are ours- Mine, the 2 year old’s and the 4-year old’s. Can you guess which one is which?
Step 8: The kids can apply their notes to the advent calendar…
I’m so happy my daughter thought of this project. It was really easy and cheap to do. We spent some nice time together. It’s useful and educational. The kids look forward to their little mini-bar of chocolate every night. Oh, and they missed Daddy, too, of course. Loved this quick and fun craft!
If you decide to try this craft, shoot your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll go into the Critters And Crayons Facebook Page Album for Fan Photos of Cooking Recipes and Craft Projects.
Happy Crafting. Hope it’s good. But, if it’s not. That’s okay.