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Holiday Planning: Holiday Countdown Chain

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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
Replies (11-13):
Rushn311
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 2:46 AM

I really want to do this! My daughter did this  in Kindergarten. I want to make one for each kid.

mysticalmalissa
by Gold Member on Nov. 16, 2012 at 5:18 AM

I think we will do this, this year.

Meltopia529
by on Nov. 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM
Cute. Torn between this one and the santa beard w cotton balls
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