Nothing is more exciting for kids than the countdown to Christmas. Kids will ask almost every day how long it is until Christmas. Rather than answer the same question 100 times a day, make this fun Santa’s beard advent calendar with your kids so they can know precisely at each moment how long it will be until Santa arrives. This Santa advent calendar craft is not only a super cute way to count down to Christmas, but it is also super simple to make! You can make it using supplies you already have lying around the house. Before we begin though, I always like to share a few book ideas to go along with your craft. Here are a few books that will help the kids get excited about Christmas. If you don’t want to make your own advent calendar there are some really creative ones on amazon (see below)
Santa Advent Calendar Craft
For the Santa advent calendar craft you will need:
- 32 cotton balls
- Glue stick
- Red construction paper
- White construction paper
- White paper plate
- Red pom pom
- Black pom poms
- Red ribbon
If you don’t have everything on the list, make do with what you have at home! There are no rules to the crafting process.
- Cut out a triangle of red paper and a beard shape from white paper to make Santa’s beard and hat. Glue the beard and hat to the paper plate.
- Cut two white circles for Santa’s eyes and glue them to the center of the plate. Glue the red pom pom to the plate for Santa’s nose and the two black pom poms to the white circles to make Santa’s eyes.
- Glue six cotton balls to the base of the hat and one cotton ball to the top of the hat.
- Glue a loop of red ribbon to the top of Santa’s hat and hang the advent calendar within your children’s reach.
How to Use the Santa’s Beard Advent Calendar
Let the kids add one cotton ball to Santa’s beard for each day counting down to Christmas. We did 25 days for our version, but if you want a longer countdown, feel free to add more to Santa’s beard.
Go see these amazing posts from the bloggers that have hosted this Fantabulous Christmas Favorites Party:
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- Christmas Stories for Kids from Maria Magdalena Living Ideas
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- Santa Advent Calendar Craft from Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.