Looking for a cute Advent countdown to Christmas calendar? Here is a complete free printable advent countdown calendar activity featuring teddy bears labeled from 1-25. This Christmas countdown craft can be adapted in many ways for religious and secular advent calendars.
Minimega Design (click here) Opening this link will take you to the free printable teddy bear advent calendar PDF pages from Mini Mega. Now don’t panic; Mini Mega comes to us from Denmark and is of course written in Danish. But fear not, you handy free printable helper Marilisa is here to guide you through the instructions in English. The calendar is entitled PakkeKalender which is Danish for Advent Calendar. The instructions and details written on Mini Mega translate quite simply.
First of all, the activity is already published for you as an Adoble Acrobat PDF, so all you need to do is print each of the seven pages in the document. The instructions tell you to print on heavy cardstock or preferrably sticker paper. This will make construction of the Advent calendar easier for you. No sticker paper? No problem. The instructions inform you to cut out the designs and print use with tape, glue or hole punch and ribbon. In this advent calendar, parents are advised to fill small paper bags with candy, prizes or treats. Children open one surprise bag each day as they countdown to Christmas. This advent countdown calendar tags can be glued on envelopes attached to an large piece of tagboard. For instructions on how to make this type of advent calendar, click here. For individual Advent calendars to make, click here.
To give the Advent calendar a religious instructional use, enclose a Bible verse taken from the Gospel story of the Birth of Jesus (The Gospel of St. Luke Chapter 2 is a favored version). Countdown to Christmas by having children read a portion of the Bible story each night. Another idea is to hang the teddy bear images on a piece of yarn with paperclips. Wind this around the Christmas tree or hang as a swag in a window or doorway. Write a Bible verse on the back of each bear. Provide a coloring page of each event detailed in the Christmas countdown Bible passages. Click here for Bible Christmas story coloring pages. Click here for old testament and new testament coloring pages. Click here for Birth of Jesus coloring pages. Staple, tape or ‘sew’ coloring pages into a Christmas banner or quilt to display.
For additional ideas on how to use your free printable Advent calendar, visit Make, Do and Send here.