Here is a little Christmas countdown calendar I made for my daughter. The one I made was really cheap because it was mostly reusing packaging from other products–egg cartons and a cereal box. The most expensive part was the bag of candy to put in it!
So, I had 2 egg cartons. I had saved these because I just knew I would do something with them. I try to find reuses for random stuff like that. I also had a large cereal box–large enough to fit the egg cartons in.
I cut the lids off the egg cartons and trimmed and tucked the cereal box until the egg cartons just fit.
Then I cut out twelve red and twelve green circles out of construction paper, close to the size of each egg compartment. I used a baby food jar lid as a template, but if you don’t have one, you can probably find something similar in size to use.
Put your candy, or other small treat of choice in the compartments. I used Hershey bells, but as long as it fits you can use it! I recommend also putting strips of cardboard (from the rest of the cereal box you trimmed) across the top of each row for the next step.
Write numbers 1-24 on the red and green circles and use a small piece of tape to attach the top of each circle to the cardboard strip above.
Starting December 1st, let your child open one a day through Christmas Eve!