A few years ago, I was the room parent for my daughter’s elementary class. I knew we were going with a Grinch theme party, because her teacher just loved all things Grinch.
So sometime towards the end of November, I was searching Pinterest for Grinch ideas for their holiday class party. I stumbled across the cutest little Advent calendar and that’s how I found Chica and Jo!!! They made an Advent calendar out of an over-the-door shoe organizer and in every pocket they put a card that had a page from the Grinch book! I fell in love instantly! I mean, we were going with the Grinch theme already and then an Advent centered around a book for an elementary class! Perfection!
So, my lazy butt promptly emailed them to see if they would sell me the downloads so I wouldn’t have to go to the trouble of sizing everything. And this is why I love them so much! I got the sweetest reply about how tickled they were that I liked their project, but they couldn’t sell them because it was copyrighted!
I adore when people do the right thing and don’t just try to make an easy buck. And even better… within a couple days they emailed back to say they put the downloads on their site so anybody could get them for FREE!!! Honestly, their emails were SO nice and I really hope people hop over to their site to send them some pageviews for being so generous!
Back to me, though. I got everything printed off and then, in true Natalie style, glued all the numbers on the wrong way. Two times in a row. Every year, friends. Every single year, I have to stop and think about the fact that advent is a countdown so the numbers go in reverse order.
Three attempts later, this is what we had!
I have no idea where “24” ran off too. Honestly, I can’t even fathom why it’s not in this picture.
All I did was buy a clear plastic shoe organizer. Then I hot-glued red ribbon on for trim and green sparkly ribbon for a little pop!
Each of these cards has a page from the book on the reverse side. The kids turn over one page each day to read as they count down to the party. I made sure to laminate the card so the teacher can use it for many years to come.
Chica and Jo had this great little plush Grinch doll that they put in each pocket and moved it along as a marker. I couldn’t find anything like that, so I found a old, used gift tag (it can occasionally pay to save everything!) and used that. I grabbed a paint stick from the garage, hot-glued more ribbon onto it, then hot-glued the gift tag onto that.
And this wasn’t even for the party! This was just a countdown for the kids to get them pumped!
The Grinch school party was filled with all sorts of fun like Undecorate the Tree Races, Knock Grinch off the Mountain and more! And best of all, I hardly spent a penny on the party, just used what I had around the house! If you’ve ever been a room mom, you know what a major score that is!
Make sure you check out the party post to see all the ideas like this Milk Jug Minute to Win it Game!