It’s so difficult for children to wait for an long anticipated holiday to arrive. Around our house at holiday time, we heard ‘how many days till…’ every day it seemed. If your little ones have difficulty waiting for a holiday, how about a countdown calendar? Countdown calendars help children track the days until the big day. Countdown calendars do double duty, too. Countdown calendars are educational and they keep children occupied productively while waiting for the holiday to arrive. Countdown calendars are a great learning tool to practice that oft-challenging skill of counting backwards. Best of all, countdown calendars are lots of fun for children and adults to make and use. They make an inexpensive, interactive family craft. Here’s a free printable countdown to Thanksgiving calendar craft.
Family Fun (click here) has been busy this last year, making and publishing free printable countdown calendars for different seasons and holidays. This free printable countdown to Thanksgiving calendar prints in two pages. To make the countdown to Thanksgiving calendar, print both pages. Plain white computer papers works fine, but to make a reusable countdown calendar, print on cardstock or tag board. You can also cover the Thanksgiving calendar in contact paper or laminate to make it recyclable from year to year.
To assemble the countdown to Thanksgiving calendar, score along the edges of each window on the first picture page. To score means to make a light cut along the edge so that the window stays closed but can be easily ‘punched’ open. Scoring can also be done by making small cuts along the edge. This creates perforated edge that is easy to pop open. Tape or glue the back page with the countdown activities to the front picture page. Glue or tape along the edges so that the windows will open easily. When each window is opened the calendar lists activities which the child will be directed to do: ‘rake the leaves’, ‘decorate your house’, ‘tell what you are thankful for’, etc. Children will learn to mark time on their countdown calendars.
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