advent calendar

A craft to prepare children for Christmas: homemade Advent calendar

One of the Christmas traditions most awaited by children is the use of the Advent calendar . There are multiple varieties of calendar on the market. There are them made of paper, fabric, felt, but in this craft we propose a homemade calendar, with cardboard, matchboxes and some messages to encourage the children to prepare for Christmas.

With this Advent Calendar for children , families will be able to work on such important values in children as friendship, kindness and respect.

How to make an Advent calendar for children


  • 1 green card
  • Stickers with Christmas motifs
  • 24 matchboxes
  • Sheets of paper with different colors
  • Glue
  • Pair of scissors
  • Stamp
  • Gold and silver pens

This calendar is a symbol of the Advent season (period of the Christian liturgical year that consists of a time of preparation for Christmas).


This is a ‘countdown’ calendar from December 1 to December 24. It is aimed at children so that they know how long until Christmas and prepare for this holiday.

1. Prepare all the material before you go to work.

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2. After emptying the matchboxes, wrap them with the colored paper sheets.

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3- Glue the boxes, 12 on each side of the cardboard, three on each edge of the cardboard. Tighten all the pieces well and let them dry.

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4- Place the stickers on the cardboard, in the center and on the sides. With the help of the gold and silver colored pens, draw numbers from 1 to 12 (on one side) and 13 to 24 (on the other side).

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5- Put, in each box, a candy, a  chocolate bar, or some toy, accompanied by a message and a tip for the child. For example, that on this day he has to practice kindness,  generosity , friendship, respect,  sharing  and other values.

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6. Here is our  Advent calendar . Now the children will be able to open a little box every day and rejoice at the surprise gift that they carry inside, at the same time that they find advice to live a value every day. You can hang the calendar on the wall, with adhesive tape or a small nail, so that the children have a sweet wait for Christmas.

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