If you are looking forward to celebrating the holidays with a young one in your home, then you need some fun countdown to Christmas crafts to help make the time leading up to Christmas even more special.
I know that my kids love counting down the days until Christmas (even as they grow older they still enjoy it) whether it is with an advent calendar or some other sort of Christmas countdown craft. It makes the month of December go a little bit faster for kids and gets them involved more in learning about the holiday and making it special.
Although preschoolers between the ages 3-5 years old may not be able to make some fancy advent calendar, there are still some really fun crafts that can help them count down the days until December 25th. In fact, what is nice about these crafts as you can also use them to help teach counting and numbers as well, making them great for at home or even at preschools.
3 Fun Countdown To Christmas Crafts For Preschoolers
Christmas Countdown Chain
I remember making a Christmas countdown chain when I was younger and my kids still do this today. It’s one of the simplest crafts for younger kids but can still be exciting every day to take off that chain and get closer and closer to the Christmas day.
What You’ll Need:
*Several sheets of construction paper (red, green or your Christmas color choice)
*Glue or tape
**For younger kids who may not be proficient with scissors yet, parents may want to consider cutting out the strips and then allowing the child to do the rest.
*Cut the construction paper into long strips that are approximately 2 inches wide.
*Take the first strip and glue (or tape) it together to form a circle.
*Then take your next strip and put it through the middle of the circle you made and then glue that strip together into a circle as well. Continue doing this with the next strips of paper until they have formed a chain link together of 25 days.
*Hang the chain up and then every day starting December 1st you remove one link from the chain until on Christmas morning there are no more links left.
We usually simply just do a pattern of red and green strips but I have also seen a people make it into a long snowman with the top link the head of the snowman or even all white with it being the beard of Santa hanging down from his face.
Another cute thing you can do is to write a Christmas related activity inside each chain link strip and then the one you pull off for that day is the holiday activity you do for the day. The activities don’t have to be anything huge as it can be singing a Christmas carol together or reading your favorite Christmas book.
Santa’s Beard Christmas Countdown Craft
I came across this craft a few years ago and simply loved it because it’s sort of the opposite of an advent calendar as you add to it every day instead of taking something away.
What You’ll Need:
*Paper (Cardstock is recommended)
*25 Cotton balls
For the craft you can make your own Santa face or you can print out the image below and use that. I recommend that you print it on a heavier card stock paper to make it last through all 25 days.
Each day your child gets to glue on a cotton ball right onto the correct number on Santa’s beard. For this activity you would start at #1 and then finish it on the Merry Christmas (or 25th spot).
This is a simple but fun little craft that your preschooler can look forward to every morning for the month of December. It also helps to teach your child numbers and counting along the way as well.
Clothespin Countdown Wreath
This is another cute little craft for preschoolers and toddlers that can help them visually count down the days until Christmas morning.
It’s a pretty simple and is actually a kids version of some of the clothespins Christmas wreaths you may have seen on Pinterst.
What You’ll Need:
*Heavy duty paper plate
You can print out free calendar numbers (1-25) or you can use a simple program like PicMonkey to make and print the numbers.
Have your child color the squares or circles around your numbers. If you are using a plain white paper plate you can have her color that as well.
You can also choose to paint your clothespins some fun Christmas colors or leave them as they are.
Take 25 clothespins and pin them around the paper plate starting, trying to space them out evenly.
Then take a dab of glue and past the numbers on each clothespin starting with one at the top. You can choose to go counterclockwise or you can go clockwise depending on what you want.
You can punch a hole in the top of the plate and hang it with a ribbon or you can use a magnet for the refrigerator.
Every day starting on December 1st you can take off a clothespin. I suggest that you start with 25 first and work your way down to number 1. This way your young child can tell exactly how many more days until Christmas.
Here is a video that shows this type of Christmas craft for preschoolers as well as a few more ideas as well.
There are so many fun Christmas crafts for preschoolers, but these DIY countdown to Christmas crafts make the whole month of December extra special for you and your child.
If you are looking for some more ways to make the days leading up to Christmas special for your family check out my guide of 25 Christmas Countdown Activities for Kids.