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Holiday Planning: Holiday Countdown Chain

Posted by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 8:16 PM
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Time is a hard concept for young children to grasp—just ask anyone who's heard that familiar backseat moan, "Are we there yet?!?!??"(repeated 1,000 times). A good holiday planning activity for kids to count off the days to the holidays is with a paper chain. Kids make the chain, then rip off one link per day till The Big Day Arrives.
  • Red and green construction paper
  • Stapler, tape or glue stick
  • Kid-safe scissors
  • 1
    Cut paper strips from construction paper approximately 2" x 8".
  • 2
    Staple, glue or tape strips to form links, as you would any paper chain.
  • 3
    Depending on the number of days till Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, number the loops from 1 up to 24 (24 will be at the top of the chain and 1 at bottom). Or from whenever you start! 
  • 4
    Hang the chain from a doorway or hook.
  • 5
    Each day remove one loop from the chain.
  • Consider making one chain for each of your kids. 

  • This is also a great idea for counting down to any big event such as a birthday or vacation.
by on Nov. 12, 2012 at 8:16 PM
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lalasmama2007
by Ticia on Nov. 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Cute!

terri76
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 7:43 AM
Ohhhhh my son and i used to make one every year :( i sure do miss him being young!!
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johnny4ever
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 8:25 AM

cute

mrswillie
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 8:59 AM
1 mom liked this

When I was younger we made these chains and hung on the tree as garland

natesmom1228
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 9:13 AM

We have done this in the past.

SabrinaLC
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 9:36 AM

We did this last year and the boys seemed to enjoy it.

We'll probably do it again

BabyTeki
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Love this idea!
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aneela
by on Nov. 13, 2012 at 12:28 PM

neat

Kmakksmom
by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 9:01 PM

We do these every year :)

GwenMB
by on Nov. 15, 2012 at 9:23 PM

I need to do this.  DS#2 (age 4) has asked me multiple times this week "when is Christmas?" "How long until Christmas?".

I'll have to add Bible verses to it that we can read each night, too.

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