Enjoy this Gingerbread themed countdown calendar with animated surprises behind each virtual door! 🎁📅🎄
Countdown calendars have always been one of my favorite December traditions since childhood. The ones that I grew up with either had a picture behind the numbered door or contained a candy inside. Last year, I created a virtual version with a general winter theme to share. This year, I have created a new virtual version with a gingerbread theme! Each door contains a gingerbread themed animated image as well as a gingerbread house in the corner to bring you back to the main countdown page.
If looking to add even more fun, you could include a small surprise with some of the days that relate to the hidden image, such as a Creating your own Gingerbread Cookie project (be sure to make a copy to use), giving a small gift such as a gingerbread pencil or mini eraser, sharing hot chocolate, candy canes, or gingerbread cookies. While these additional ideas are not necessary, it would add to the fun!
This file is best used by using File > Publish to Web and using this published link. This allows all of the countdown calendar links to work while not letting students see the thumbnail images on the left side of the screen that are visible in Edit and View Only modes. The link can be used and displayed in the classroom, used in virtual meetings, or sharing the published link with students through Google Classroom or other LMS.
Looking for lots of gingerbread resources to add to a gingerbread theme? I have created and shared many additional resources with my ☕Members and Supporters. As a special thanks to my ☕ Supporters and Members, I have created a large Holiday Thank You Bundle which includes a Gingerbread Game Room and virtual field trips on how gingerbread houses are made! If you have bought a coffee this year or choose to do so, make sure to Login to the ☕ page and make your copy from the Thank You post dated November 18th. ☕ Members, be on the lookout for even more Gingerbread Fun to come in December - NEW Member 'Extras' were just emailed to you!
Are you looking for more FREE engaging seasonal ideas? Check out even more Winter Activities here and Seasonal Fun here and make copies to use and enjoy! This is a growing list, so check back often for new activities that are being added throughout the year to help add fun to your classroom!
I hope that you and your students enjoy opening a new virtual door of gingerbread fun each day as you countdown to winter break.
*NOTE: If the link says you need to request access, it is your school network blocking the share. All items are set correctly to force a copy when clicked on. Many districts block things (including file shares) that are coming from outside of their domain. Please try making the copy from a personal email or Gmail account. Then, you can share the file with your school account. If you request access, I won't be able to grant it or respond to your email request, since the issue is blocked on your end.