My niece Harper keeps asking "how many more sleeps til Christmas?", so my sister volunteered me to make some kind of days til Christmas calendar, she got the kids worked up about it so I was cornered. I had to whip up something quickly as my niece Harper gave me a deadline, really she did. So here's what I crafted up, a Christmas tree countdown using what I had on hand. Harper is a little smarty pants and asked me where the little gifts on her Christmas tree calendar were (meaning an advent calendar). So I had to explain that this was a different type of calendar tree...goodness, no fooling a 4 year old, how did she even know about advent calendars and gifts anyways?
Every morning the kids get to pull off a number towards the countdown to Christmas. The numbers are written on Post-It notes for easy removal. They also enjoy practicing their counting by reciting the numbers starting from the top.
I used 12"x12" scrapbooking paper for the green of the tree. I cut circle ornaments using a jam jar lid as a circular template onto random scrapbooking paper and attached them to the tree with washi tape from Target. The candies on the edge of the tree branches I cut out of cardboard boxes. I had the girls paint the ornaments (on the bottom) using acrylic paints and glitter, they had fun with that. Also made of cardboard are the star at the top of the tree and the tree base which I drew woodgrain with a Sharpie marker. Voila! They seem to like it, mission accomplished.