It’s time to start counting down to Christmas. A fun way to do this is, especially for children, is with an Advent Calendar. Often these calendars are hang on doors and have pockets for candy or are small and flat so they can be transported. The fun of getting a piece of candy every day is taken away with one of the portable Advent Calendars. The fun of being able to have a visual aid to count down to Christmas while traveling is taken away with a hanging Advent Calendar.
However, a portable Advent Calendar with candy treats is easily made.
The following items will be needed in order to make this portable Advent Calendar.
– A pill box with 28 compartments. This pill box will have the seven days a week and each day will have a times such as morn, noon, eve, and bed.
– 8 ½ x 11″ printer paper
– Super glue
– Alternatively (to the paper and super glue), 8 ½ x 11″ inch sticker paper.
– Any means of drawing a decoration on the paper
– An exacto knife or one of those Crayola Cutter tools
– Small candies that fit into the pill box compartments such as Hershey’s Kisses. Other options may be m&m’s, skittles, other chocolates, or hard candies. Wrapped is better, but if made simply for family, they will most likely know that the candy is clean.
For this guide, assume that the candies are Hershey’s kisses that will be used.
First, take the pill box and the paper. Decide if the four compartments on the left or the right will be the ones to not open.
Next, if using sticker paper, simply stick it so it covers the compartments and put the extra length on the sides or cut it with the knife or cutter. If using super glue, put glue on the top of each compartment and glue the paper down.
After the glue is dry, use the knife or the Crayola Cutter to cut open the sides and bottoms of the 24 compartments that will be able to open each day.
Once this is done, draw a design on the top of the paper that is glued to the pill box. A good idea, especially for small children, is to write the name of the person who will be using the Advent Calendar or a Christmas related word on the four compartments that are not made so they are always closed.
Also, do not use black in the drawing. Save the black for numbering the compartments which is the next step.
Once the drawing is done, number each compartment. There should be 24 opening compartments, so each one should have the number 1 through 24.
After this is done, open each compartment and put a Hershey’s Kiss in each one.
The Advent Calendar is now finished and can be given to whoever is going to use it. On each corresponding day of December, the compartment can be opened to reveal a Hershey’s Kiss. That Hershey’s Kiss can be eaten for that day.
If the Advent Calendar is made later than the 1st of December, the other Hershey’s Kisses can be eaten or left out of the calendar.