Get ready for the winter holidays with a festive Christmas countdown chain full of activities to do with kids!
December is right around the corner and it’s time to start our countdown to Christmas!
This year we made a simple paper chain that holds a fun and festive activity for each day until Christmas.
It’s sure to fill the days until Christmas with joy and laughter!
Cute & Festive Christmas Countdown Chain for Kids!
This is such an easy idea. The hard part, honestly, will be committing to do the activities each day.
Learn how to get over your biggest hands-on activities hurdles!
To DIY your own festive Christmas countdown chain, you’ll need:
- 3 pieces of 12 x 12 scrapbook paper – red, green and gold
- pen or pencil
Make a Holiday Activity Master List
First, draw lines 1.5 inches apart on scrapbook or construction paper. You should be able to make 8 links per piece of paper, making a total of 24 strips.
Kids can practice scissor skills cutting out the links. I love a good scissors skills activity!
Brainstorm your favorite Christmas or winter activities from previous years. Make a giant list and then write one activity on each link.
We Love These 24 Festive Christmas Countdown Chain Activities
Over the years, we’ve done our fair share of creative and memorable activities. These are some of the classics we truly love – things we’ve done year after year!
- Make a Christmas craft
- Make a homemade ornament to hang on the tree
- Drink hot chocolate with a marshmallow snowman from It’s Always Autumn
- Listen and sing along to Christmas carols with a printable songbook from A Mom’s Take
- Make Christmas candies and cookies
- Make a holiday wreath from Crafty Morning
- Hang the stockings and do a Christmas stocking craft
- Decorate the kids’ rooms
- Make homemade cards to send to grandparents
- Drive around and look at Christmas lights
- Write a letter to Santa, with a free printable from Mom Luck
- Make a snow globe
- Have candy canes for dessert or DIY candy cane cookies from Fireflies and Mud Pies
- Read holiday books, like these essentials from Library Mom
- Color a Christmas coloring page
- Take a family photo
- Watch a holiday movie, check out the essential Christmas movie list from The Inspired Holiday
- Go Christmas shopping together, and use this gift list to shop for little boys
- Build a snowman, even if there’s no snow
- Snip a sweet Santa craft for some extra scissor skills practice
- Cut out snowflakes
- Make your own wrapping paper
- DIY a tabletop Christmas tree
- Bake Christmas cookies together
Get the Kids Involved in Making Christmas Magic
Preschoolers and older kids can cut the strips apart.
My preschooler is just learning to follow the lines while cutting. He veered off a couple of times, but it’s easily fixed with some scotch tape.
After all the strips are cut, the kids can create a pattern and link them together.
An adult, or another child, can hold the link in place while your child staples it. You could also use tape to close each link.
Then hang it up–it can also add to your Christmas decorations.
Remove a link every day until Christmas.
Have a blast doing all sorts of Christmas activities together!
Kids will love to count the chains each day to see just how many more days until Christmas!