Ring in the Big Day
Construction paper, scissors, and tape or scissors
When your child is having a hard time waiting for a special day to arrive, use this craft to help him or her mark the time still left until the big day. Create a stack of construction paper strips; each strip should be big enough to staple or tape into a ring. Then, each day, let your child take one strip of paper and create a ring. On the first day, you will have just the one, but on the second day, help your child to tape or staple the second ring so that it loops around the first, like a garland. Each day, your child can one more ring to the garland until all the strips have been used up and the big day has arrived! You can use this for a birthday, Christmas, a vacation, the first day of school, or any day that is significant to your child. A fun variation for older children is to write a number on each strip of paper so that counting skills are being worked on, too.