2 dozen eggs = 24 = a Christmas countdown calendar.
This is basically the extent of my mathematical genius.
I kid you not though when I say that one day I looked at an egg carton and thought,
“EUREKA! Perfect for a DIY Advent calendar for kids!”

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You will need:

2 egg cartons
Paint
Cardboard box
Glue
Tape
Paper tube
Brown and white paper
Black marker
Washi tape
Round stickers

How to make a DIY Advent calendar for kids:

Prepare your surface and area for some kiddy painting.
(Best to have the bath ready too. If your kids are anything like mine, a bath is always the easiest option after a painting session.)

I provided 3 complementary colours and the kids painted their egg cartons.
We placed brown paper under the egg cartons and this provided a separate canvas.

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It’s the time of year where we have a sharp spike in cardboard boxes thanks to Santa’s online deliveries.
Find a box that suits the size of your egg cartons.
We removed the box’s shorter flaps and then taped the longer flaps together to create the roof.

We used the brown paper that we laid under our painting as our house’s exterior.
I used a Sharpie to draw on bricks.
We cut windows out of white paper and ran washi tape along the edges.
We used old artworks for further floral decorations.

Craft glue secured the egg cartons onto the cardboard box roof.
We ran washi tape around a paper tube and taped that to the roof.

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Everybody does it differently!

We numbered 1 through 24 on some round gold stickers.
I asked my children if they wanted to place a sticker on the egg carton each day, to correspond with the date.
They opted to have 24 numbered stickers on the roof and will remove one each day.
So we will start at 24 and remove a sticker a day.

There are SO MANY learning opportunities with this project.
You could have your child practise their number formation and write the numbers themselves on the stickers.
You can choose to practise forward counting sequences or backward counting sequences.

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Our countdown calendar usually involves different activities.
You can write these down and store them in the paper tube chimney!
My kids are excited about the possibility of things being left inside the actual house/box.
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