Advent Calendar Tree

Lesson #3583

Create a standing Advent Tree calendar for the holiday season.

Grade Level:
3-5, 6-8

Create an Advent Tree calendar to plan key activities leading to Christmas. Students will brainstorm creative games and activities to be incorporated onto the Tree. Consider ideas like sharing seasonal recipes, reading holiday stories or writing letters to Santa. Other activities include designing ornaments, learning classic songs or creating holiday word searches. Incorporate such ideas into the Advent Tree calendar to celebrate Christmas.

Create a three-dimensional Tree to highlight activities for the 24 days leading to Christmas.

26671-XL-Ellison SureCut Die - Advent Tree 3-D (2 Die Design) - XL

Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Adhesive Letters (White), Glue, Pen or Pencil, Scissors, Stickers

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut the XL Advent Tree 3-D using green and white cardstock or construction paper. Die-cut four green Trees from the window opening Tree, and four white Trees from the solid Tree.
  2. Adhere a white Tree to the back of each green Tree. Keep glue off window flaps.
  3. Open each window flap and adhere stickers, tiny die-cuts, scripture sites, a daily activity or message to the white paper showing through the windows.
  4. Attach white adhesive numbers, 1 through 24, to each window opening flap.
  5. Fold each Tree in half with the white Tree on the outside (Figure A).
  6. Attach one folded half of a white Tree to a folded half of a second white Tree (Figure B).
  7. Attach a folded half of a third white Tree to the second white Tree (Figure C).
  8. Finally, attach a folded half of the fourth white Tree to both the third Tree and the first white Tree. The completed Tree will now stand by itself (see Main Photo).

  • Figure A

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

5-8 Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes

  • Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.

5-8 Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • Students integrate visual, spatial and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

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