Looking for a fun and easy way to countdown to Christmas? Grab this free Santa Beard Countdown and some simple craft supplies.
Welcome to Day 1 of 12 Days of Free Christmas Printable Activities.
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So we’re kicking off Day 1 with a couple of Santa Beard Countdown printables.
One of my favorite parts of Christmas was getting out my mom’s ornament Advent calendar.
Each morning, we could go into the living room, open up a door on a worn cardboard container, and remove a small ornament. My parents had a special tabletop tree where we could hand the ornaments.
It was magical to see that worn Advent container have more and more empty spaces as the days passed – bringing us closer to Santa.
Eager to share a similar tradition with my own children (and you!), this Santa Beard Countdown is a simple and memorable holiday tradition.
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Santa Beard Countdown Printable
A Santa beard countdown printable is really just another Christmas Advent calendar. It’s an easy way to count down the days until Christmas.
There are two versions of the Santa beard countdown printable that I’ve included for you. Choose the one that is best for your family and the supplies you have on hand!
The versions are:
- Santa with countdown dots included on his beard AND his hat
- Santa with countdown dots only on his beard.
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Christmas Advent Calendars
Before we get to the details of how to use the Santa beard countdown printables, let’s talk about why Christmas Advent calendars are a good thing.
Time is abstract to toddlers and preschool-age children.
My four-year-old has been asking since Halloween, “Is Christmas is tomorrow?”
Using an Advent calendar like this printable helps children see in a tangible way how many days remain.
- Related: Christmas Book Advent Calendar
You can countdown on either printable Santa beard countdown in two ways:
- start at 24 and count backward. This way your child will see how many days are remaining until Christmas.
- begin at the numeral 1 for December first and work your way to December 24.
Either way works!
Supplies need for the Santa Beard Countdown Printable
You probably already have all the supplies on hand:
- cotton balls
- white glue
- washable markers
- pom poms (optional)
- dot stickers (optional)
- dot markers (optional)
- clipboard (optional)
How to Use the Santa Beard Countdown
On this printable, the only countdown circles are on Santa’s beard.
It’s really easy and straightforward to use:
- Gather the printable and your supplies.
- Color in the red portion of Santa’s hat. Color Santa’s skin, if desired.
- Decide on a location to display the Santa beard countdown.
- Add the daily supplies to a small bin or basket to keep them corralled neatly.
- Each day add a small amount of glue to the numbered circle.
- Place a cotton ball on the countdown printable.
How to Use the Santa Countdown Printable
This printable includes countdown circles on Santa’s hat, beard, and face. So you’ll need red and white supplies.
Use can glue white cotton balls for Santa’s beard and part of his hat.
Pom pom Santa
Grab a pack of pom poms (make sure there is red and white!) and glue those down for Santa’s bread and hat.
If you’ve been around for a while, you know how much I love dot stickers for developing pencil grip.
Peel one of those stickers off each day and have your child cover the number.
You’ll want to make sure you have red dot stickers as well as a pack of white dot stickers.
This is the easy and least messy version of the Santa Beard Countdown.
I like dot markers for working on hand-eye coordination.
Working in a small spot is a real challenge for many children. Dot markers help practice this skill.
Since most dot marker sets don’t come with a white dot marker, you can be creative when dotting Santa’s beard. You can also just use this printable as a dot marker activity.
Find more Dot Marker Printables here.
Recapping Santa Beard Countdown Printable
Here’s what you need to know:
- Time is abstract for children.
- Plus they are excited about the holidays.
- Using an Advent calendar makes time more concrete.
- There are two free printables available for email subscribers.
- Choose the one with countdown dots only on Santa’s beard, or the one with dots on his hat, too.
- Gather a few simple supplies.
- Display your countdown.
- Create a daily routine to add a cotton ball or other supplies to Santa’s beard.
12 Days of Free Christmas Printable Activities
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Make the Christmas Season Memorable
Your children don’t need expensive Christmas train rides or 5 movie nights in a row to make the Christmas season memorable. You already have so much on your plate.
Using a simple Santa Beard Countdown Printable is an easy tradition that makes the holidays magical for your child.
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