Christmas and Kwanzaa Calendar Numbers

Normally during the holiday season we just put a sticker on the days we celebrate and just cross out our days as usual, but this year with our new calendar I wanted to try something a little more creative and different for us. (This post contains affiliate links)

Our calendar this year has reusable numbers that attach to our board. That leaves me to have to print out a few different calendar number seasons and I didn’t want to do that this year. Our family celebrates both Christmas and the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, and none of the printable calendar numbers, paid or free had both. As a matter of fact, I didn’t see any Kwanzaa calendar numbers at all. This lead us to make our own for December.

Materials:

  • Heavy white paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Holiday Stickers (We used our Christmas 4000 Stickers book)
  • Markers, colored pencils, crayons
  • Laminating sheets or packaging tape
  • Velcro

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Directions:

  1. Using the ruler draw out 31 squares ( we used an older calendar number to get our squares and used about 3 pages)
  2. Cut the squares out
  3. Have the children use the stickers to decorate each day up till Dec.25th,
  4. From the 26th until New Years day write out one of the Seven Principals of Kwanzaa and what it means on the calendar number card.
  5. Write the numbers 1-25 on an empty space on each decorated calendar number.
  6. Laminate and place velcro on the back of each card

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This was a fun project for my family. We all got to make a few calendar numbers and they match what our family celebrates. We looked around where we live for Kwanzaa stickers but couldn’t find any so we ended up just writing the word for the day and it’s meaning. I think this will work better than stickers anyway and it helps to keep us remembering what each day stands for. (Yes, Kwanzaa ends on January 1st and yes, we did include it in our numbers for the 1st.) These can be reused year after year or you can make new ones each year, it’ totally up to you.

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12 Responses to Christmas and Kwanzaa Calendar Numbers

  1. Cerys says:

    I’m really interested to discover more about Kwanzaa as it’s not something I’ve heard about off to google.
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  2. What did you write on the cards? I saw a few for the Kwanzaa days in your photo – what about leading up to Christmas?
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    • Natasha says:

      We only write on the Kwanzaa cards and we write what each day means on each card. You celebrate Kwanzaa for seven days. The cards leading up to Christmas only have stickers and we do a basic count down until Christmas.

  3. Jen says:

    That’s a whole lot of stickers. What a fun idea.
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  4. Laura says:

    Such a wonderful project to do together as a preparation for the holiday season!
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  5. Heather H says:

    I love how you combined Kwanzaa and Christmas into one Advent calendar. Putting the meaning of each kwanzaa day is thoughtful way to teach your kids. We don’t celebrate Kwanzaa here, but it makes me think about doing something similar on our Christmas countdown calendar.

  6. What a nice way to teach the kiddos more about Kwanzaa!
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  7. We love how you have combined both celebrations to make a unique calendar!
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  8. What a fun way to countdown and learn about numbers! My children would love all those stickers and decorating the cards themselves. Thank you for sharing at the #Made4Kids Link Party!
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