• Construction Paper
  • Scissors
  • Staples/Stapler
  • Tape

Does your little one have something exciting coming up?  A birthday?  A fun family vacation?  Have you been getting asked each day, “How long until (insert exciting day here)?”  Well give your child a fun way to figure that out!  It is fun, but also a great opportunity to work on counting, fine motor skills, patterns, following directions, and more!

Directions:

Cut enough construction paper strips (in colors of your choice) for the countdown to your date.  Help your child to choose a color pattern, loop a paper strip into a circle, and then staple the ends together.  Repeat this while looping each strip into a circle around the last link.  Create some sort of shape or picture and attach it to the top of the chain if you like.  (We did a sunshine for our sunny vacation!) Tape it in a doorway or somewhere visible and have your child remove one link each morning or night and then count the links!