December is almost here and as kids start asking, “how long ‘til Christmas?” you can answer their question with holiday décor for their room, family room, or kitchen. Kids love to count, so provide a countdown to Christmas calendar with a treat, activity, or small gift each day. Yes, it will boost already building excitement but….it takes the pressure off you!
Here are 15 creative countdown to Christmas ideas (had a really hard time narrowing all the great ideas down to 15) to keep kids busy and add a little holiday cheer to their room.
No. 1 - Baker’s twine, craft paper, and painted clothespins hold 25 little packages.
No. 2 - A mixture of ornaments and gifts strung across a wire frame Christmas tree.
No. 3 – Decorated craft paper stockings filled with little goodies hanging from holiday ribbon.
No. 4 – Remove a date from the clothes pin wheel….for those who just want to count and don’t need candy!
No. 5 – A jar a day full of sweets. Great for larger families!
No. 6 – Cover 25 books and read one each day. Hiding the book contents keeps them excited and wondering what’s next.
No. 7 – Make cards listing a different activity each day on one side and numbered on the other.
No. 8 – Attach gift filled Kraft paper boxes to painted corrugated cardboard in a frame.
No. 9 – Cover matchboxes with paper, number them, and toss in a container.
No. 10 – String 25 ornaments across a line and add an ornament each day to a small tree.
No. 11 – Pin pockets holding library cards on a line. Each card could list a service to provide for the day.
No. 12 – Fill holiday colored food containers with sweets, ornaments, or gifts, add decorative numbers and hang with clothespins on a line strung across a window.
No.13 – Fill stacked display stands with 25 little numbered wrapped packages.
No.14 – Santa’s beard gets shorter as Christmas gets closer.
No. 15 – Snowman hosting pockets of treats or small ornaments for the tree.