That’s it, we made it, we officially are in the home stretch of 2020. Usually this is the time for countdowns to parties and dinners and gift giving and a time to see family that you don’t get to see very often. Many of those countdowns are now either non existent or placed on permanent hold but the one countdown that we can still look forward to is the countdown to a certain jolly, red suited character who will still bring joy to you on Christmas morning.

Why not celebrate the final countdown of days the before he arrives by making this simple Santa’s Beard Countdown. The more the beard grows the nearer we are till he climbs down our chimney and leaves us a special treat.

santa's beard countdown


  • paper
  • red, blue, yellow, grey or white paint,
  • a sponge
santa's beard countdown
  • 25 Cotton Balls
  • Red and white construction paper
  • One other colour of construction paper any colour (we used brown)
  • Hat, Head and Mustache tracer Found Here
  • Glue (white or a glue stick both work well)
  • Poem  Found Here
  • Scissors
  • A marker


santas beard countdown

Download and print the poem, and the head, hat, and mustache tracers. Next cut them out then tracer them onto your construction paper, then cut then our again. Red for the hat, and white for the head and mustache. You can also trace Santa’s head onto blue or yellow or pink paper as Santa is known to be many different colours, sometimes all at once.

Alternatively, you can just print the tracers and poem out onto cardstock and skip the tracing part of this activity.

santas beard countdown

Glue the poem to the bottom of your background paper so it hangs off the edge.  

Next glue the head to the hat. Then glue the head and hat near the top of your background paper.

Glue the mustache at the bottom of the head, then draw on Santa’s eyes. 

Pull apart one of the cotton balls and glue it to your Santa hat near his head. 

santa's beard countdown

Using you marker add your count down numbers in rows, first 1 to 5, 6-10, 11-14, 15-18, 19-21, and last 22-24. As shown in the picture.  It forms an upside down triangle in a way.

Starting Dec 1 glue, a Puff to Santa’s Beard to help us countdown till it’s Christmas Day. When his beard is full Santa will be arriving that night so you better get your cookies ready.

Looking for other Holiday Activities Check out these past posts How This Angel Got It’s Wings and 12 Days of Holiday Crafting.


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