kindergarten Christmas holidays countdown

On Sunday night, I finally figured out what I wanted to do for this year's advent calendar at school.

Why does inspiration have to come at 10pm on a Sunday night?!?!

This year's countdown calendar is a hybrid.

My friend Barbara from Grade ONEderful posted a variety of advent calendars after my mini rant about not being able to glue one more cotton ball onto Santa's beard.

These cute trees caught my eye.

source: Charlotte's Fancy

I don't have enough shelf space or even an empty windowsill to store 20 of these for the month of December.  So, while I loved the idea of a tree, these would not work.


I also loved this paper plate Christmas tree that I saw on Pinterest.

source: A Little Learning for Two
I could hybridize these Christmas trees.  

Paper plates painted green.

Cut into three triangles.

Glue together to make a tree.

Add numbers.  I put 1- 15;  we have 15 school days in December.  

Each day add one sticky shape.  

The kidlets will take home a beautifully decorated tree on the last day of school before the holidays.

No cotton balls. No loops. Minimal prep.  The kidlets like it.

I am a happy teacher.


  1. Love those trees! We did the stand up ones and I hated them. They kept flattening as the kids put on stickers. So yesterday we made new ones. Haha. I'm sure the kids think I'm nuts!

    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers Blog Designs

    1. It's a teacher's prerogative to change her mind, isn't it?!!?


  2. We made advent trees with a template, but I like the paper plate pieces better!

    1. The paper plate seems to work. It's a good weight for decorating with bits and pieces.


  3. Fantastic idea. I like building on rather than taking apart each day! I'm late starting, don't know what happened...


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