An Advent calendar can be either a secular calendar to count down the days until Christmas or a calendar used to mark the passage of the Advent season in religious observances. No matter the reason, an Advent calendar can be a fun way for children to count down the days to Christmas. A simple calendar can be even more fun for children if they make it themselves.
Cut 12 strips of red construction paper that are 2 inches wide and 8 inches long.
Cut 12 strips of green construction paper that are 2 inches wide and 8 inches long.
Place a dot of glue onto one end of a red construction paper strip.
Curl the strip into a circle and overlap the ends to form a construction paper link.
Press the ends of the paper together and hold them until the glue dries.
Thread a strip of green construction paper through your red link.
Join the ends of the green strip to form a second link as you did in steps 3 through 5.
Continue to make links in your chain until you have created 24 links of red and green.