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.
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.
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.
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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