Here’s an easy homemade Advent calendar craft, made using our Christmas scented paint.
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Easy homemade Advent calendar
Even if you’re not super-crafty for the rest of the year, I think Christmas is the one time when many families love some homemade crafts.
It’s a busy time of year, but it’s so lovely to find some time to make something together.
:: it’s fun to make – everyone can join in, you can listen to some festive tunes while you’re making it, and it even smells good!
:: it’s made from simple, inexpensive materials – things I bet you will already have at home or can easily source at the supermarket or pound shop.
:: it’s easy to put together – no sewing, no glue guns, nothing complicated!
To make your Advent bunting
You’ll need strong paper or card.
Hop over to Wednesday’s post to see how we made some Christmas scented paint and stamped out a huge roll of brown parcel wrap with cookie cutters. That’s what we used for our calendar, but you can choose what you like.
This would be a wonderful way to up-cycle your children’s art and paintings.
Or take a roll of un-used wallpaper and scribble, doodle and draw all over the reverse side.
Just be aware of what you want to put in each pocket of your advent calender, and make sure whatever paper/card you pick will be strong enough to hold it.
So, our brown paper is perfect for a few chocolates and a Christmas joke for each day (see the end of this post for a printable of kids’ Christmas jokes).
You’ll need to cut out 24 thin rectangles from your card/paper.
You can make them any size you want, but do consider how long your Advent bunting will be if you make them very big and then string up all 24 of them.
Write your Advent numbers on the reverse side, at the top of card.
Fold up the other end, to make a pocket and glue in place. (Or use sticky tape, double sided tape, staples)
Then arrange your Advent envelopes in order, and use sticky tape (or staples or glue) to fasten them onto a length of twine or ribbon.
Again, match the strength of your ribbon with what you intend to put in your envelopes.
And you’re done: homemade Advent bunting, ready to fill with a sweet treat and use to deck the halls.
Download your ready-made Nativity Unit
Download the Play Academy’s ready-made Nativity Unit and you’ll have everything you need to lead a set of activities to introduce your children to the Nativity story.
This Unit includes artist-drawn puppets/colour-in nativity scene characters and printable Bible verse cards, that your children can use year after year.
In this Nativity teaching unit your children can:
:: learn about the Nativity and create their own Nativity book or small world scene using colour-in puppet / nativity scene characters
:: learn about Mary and Joseph’s journey, and explore junk modelling
:: learn about the shepherds role, and explore loose parts
:: learn about Jesus’ birth
:: learn about the three wise men, and complete their book / re-tell the story in their small world
Bonus Nativity thematic unit printables
The Play Academy’s thematic units come with practical printables that make the lessons more engaging for your children and easier for you to teach.
No need to go searching for printables to accompany your lessons, they’re all included when you download your chosen unit.
In this Nativity Unit you’ll receive these bonus printables:
:: My Nativity Story book to write, colour and complete to tell the Nativity story
:: a set of artist-drawn My Nativity Puppets to colour, cut out and use to re-cap and act out the Nativity story
:: Nativity Vocabulary Cards to recap and consolidate learning
:: Nativity Bible Verse Cards to read, narrate your own acting out of the story, and perhaps to memorise
How to download this Nativity thematic unit
You can download this unit along with over 50 more from NurtureStore’s Play Academy.
If you are already of the Play Academy, you can download this unit straight away from our Library here.
If you are not yet a member, find out more and choose your first unit here. Your teaching is about to get a whole lot easier!