Advent CalendarsAdvent calendars are loved by all children and are usually of the chocolate variety; however, there are some that are not and can be used in school.

For the young there is the Boowa and Kwala with 24 socks along the line; obviously, it doesn’t start until December the 1st but great for counting and talking about Christmas.

For older children there is the Santa Games Calendar – this could be useful for learning more about time as there is a Christmas countdown which shows days, hours, minutes, and seconds!

The Why Christmas Advent Calendar is not yet available but sounds like it may be good for the oldest children.  Apparently, there will be lots of information and fun. “Visit the Online Advent Christmas Countdown Calendar every day in December to open a door and find out a bit more about Christmas! Countdown to Christmas!”

Advent Calendars to Make

The Ultimate Digital Advent Calendar enables you to make your own calendar. Simply add a classroom picture ,or children’s artwork, their Christmas poems or similar for something really meaningful to the children. It is free to use with the advertising in place but unfortunately there is almost nothing to get rid of adverts.

My Advent allows people to make a completely free calendar, see the example they provide. It looks good and easy and pictures, artwork, poems, videos, paragraphs of an unfolding story, etc. could all be used to make your own class advent calendar.

Activity Village has a range of ideas. I particularly like the Happiness Wreath which is free. Children who wanted to, could add messages to the days, or a message from the whole class could be added to each day.

Advent Calendars