Advent calendars for classrooms are fun for students as they countdown to Christmas. Most teachers like to have Random acts of Kindness Advent calendar activities for their students. TpT has many free Advent activities for kindness that you can find here. There are also simple craft activities for younger students that are free downloads and are easy to make. If you want to make hands on Advent calendars to hold treats for your students, you can make them using numbered pockets charts, felt Christmas trees, and Nativity scene pocket charts.
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Types of Advent Calendars for Classrooms
Classroom Advent calendars can be in the form of wall hanging pocket charts, over the door shoe holders, or mini drawer chests.
Wall Hanging Pocket Chart Advent Calendars for Classrooms
Make a DIY Advent Calendar pocket chart: A numbered pocket chart can be used as an advent calendar. If you use a blank pocket chart with plastic pockets, number stickers can be added to them. The pockets are only big enough for small items click classroom rewards. Teachers put shopkins and candy in them. See my classroom reward ideas to find tiny items, such as stickers, that would be most ideal for the pocket charts. You can decorate the pocket chart by hot gluing Christmas themed wired ribbon around it.
Over the Door Advent Calendars for Classrooms
Use a large pocket chart: This shoe holder has 24 pockets and it is the perfect size for an Advent Calendar with homemade gifts. Huge safety pins were used to secure the gifts. The pocket chart can be use after the Advent season for classroom storage.
Advent Calendar Drawer Chests
Wooden Advent calendar with drawers: This little wooden drawer chest has numbered drawers for each day.
Plastic Drawer organizer Advent Calendar: A drawer organizer can hold more items than most pocket charts. This one has 24 drawers and it comes in black, red, or yellow. You can make your own number labels for the inside of each drawer. The labels would need to be approximately 4″ x 2″.
Nativity Scene Advent Calendars
Nativity Advent Calendars: Each of the nativity advent calendars above are from different brands but they usually come folded. If the folding has caused creasing, you can get the creases out with a garment steamer.
I hope this post has given you ideas for Advent Calendars for Classrooms. More ideas will be added soon. If you need an idea for making a Nativity Craft with your students, check out this paper craft and these Nativity cards.