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Easy Chalkboard Countdown

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This past 6 months my daughter has been really into counting down to big events or important days.  She just turned 3 and using a calendar with stickers, or some other visual, really helps her prepare and get excited for the next big thing.  We counted down to Christmas with a big Advent Calendar, then used a small calendar to countdown to her birthday.  Next up is the countdown til her new baby sister arrives.

Instead of undertaking another involved project like the advent calendar I rummaged through my craft room and came up with a way to make an all encompassing countdown for whatever is coming up.

Chalkboard Countdown

l dug out a large plastic silver charger.  I have roughly 12 of these I got on clearance at Target a number of years ago ( I can spare 1).  I then painted the middle with chalkboard paint that seems to be a permenant fixture in my paint stash.  I added a ribbon to the back so we can hang it up.  I also found a plate stand that it can stand on allowing me to display this around the house.

chalkboard countdown plate

I used a Chalk Marker (Amazon affiliate link) to write “days til baby arrives” and regular chalk for the number.  This chalk marker is great, it allows me to write neatly and legibly and wipes clean with a damp cloth.

DIY chalkboard countdown plate

Looking at this in terms of days, not weeks, makes it feel like I will never have this baby.  But Little Lady loves it and it helps her answer her own questions about when baby is coming.

How do you countdown to birthdays, holidays etc?

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Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog

Tuesday 14th of January 2014

This is such a cute idea, Sarah! I love a simple project that really makes a big impact! And congrats on your new little one-- I'm sure you're all so excited! Thanks so much for linking up at Hit Me with Your Best Shot! We'd love to see you back tonight at 7 EST! Have a wonderful week!

~Abby =)

Sarah

Tuesday 14th of January 2014

Thanks Abby, I'll be back tonight!

haleigh derocher

Saturday 11th of January 2014

this is so cute! such a great idea

Emily @ A Tossed Salad Life

Wednesday 8th of January 2014

This is such a great parenting idea for little ones. They have a hard time keeping track of time. I wish my days lasted as long as my toddler's days were!

Sarah

Wednesday 8th of January 2014

Oh I hear you Emily! Thanks for stopping by.

Shelly

Wednesday 8th of January 2014

Such a simple but great idea! My boys love counting down to big events, too. Thanks so much for linking up to Hit Me With Your Best Shot! Hope to see you again next week!

Sarah

Wednesday 8th of January 2014

Excited about the new party, I'll be back next week. Thanks for stopping by.

Brittnei Washington

Monday 6th of January 2014

This is so sweet. I'm also expecting. I have about 200 more days to go haha, but I do wonder how my son will be once he finds out about the baby and if he will understand. He's oblivious right now and we decided we will tell him once I'm showing and it's obvious.

Sarah

Tuesday 7th of January 2014

Congratulations! I hope he's just as excited as my daughter. It's so hard for them to wait but cute to help and watch them prepare. Good luck to you.

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