Are your kids driving you crazy with anticipation over your upcoming vacation or the next big holiday? Make this countdown calendar for them to help to make the wait time seem a little shorter and whole lot more fun!
Real conversation in my house:
Kid: Are we going to the beach in August?
Me: Yes. In a few weeks.
Kid: Is it August yet?
Me: No. It’s still June. First we will have Memorial Day, then birthdays, then July 4th, then at the end of July, it will be August.
Kid: (Gets a calendar and switches the month to August) Is it August now? Is it time to go to the Beach?
24 Hours later
Kid: Is it August yet?
Me: Still May, Dude…
HOW TO MAKE A REUSEABLE COUNTDOWN CALENDAR
I just love this time of year – the anticipation of all the fun activities, birthday parties and holidays coming up leaves us all a little giddy! We usually try to get some camping in before camping, when it starts to get too hot for me it to be comfortable. Then it’s camping, and before you know it, it will be beach time, not to mention all of the fun things in between! What is not so much fun is the constant “is it time yet??” questions from my kids.
To ward off the constant questions, I created this little countdown calendar, and it is a lifesaver! It’s fun for the kids – for all of us really – to keep track of the time leading up to an event or a holiday. For my youngest child, it’s a tool we use to help him manage time and reduce his anxiety with change – major mom win!
Rather than creating a countdown calendar for just one event, I decided to make one with reusable event tiles for throughout the year, complete with free calendar numbers that you can find here!
WHAT YOU NEED
WHAT TO DO
Create your calendar numbers
Create the calendar face
Create your event tiles
Tip: The sticker packets often go on clearance at Michaels and Joanns throughout the year – this helps reduce the cost pretty significantly. I also tried my hand and making my own sets. If you are interested in trying this on your own, you can find free patterns here.
I created tiles for most of the major holidays, as well as a few personal tiles to represent our annual beach trip, camping trip, and trips to the zoo – my son’s favorite!
My son and I began counting down to our upcoming camping trip, which helped him to understand the number of days left until our leaving day, only adding to his excitement! It has curbed the repeated questions about when we are going, and it’s so much easier for him to understand when he’s able to see it visually. It’s a hit!
I can’t promise your kids won’t drive you crazy, but at least in my home, this project has curbed the repeated questions about when we are going. It’s a hit for us and I hope for you as well!
I had so much fun with it that I even added a tile of my own. I figure if perhaps if I just start counting down the days, a plane ticket to Paris will magically appear? A girl can dream, can’t she?!
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