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Ring in the Big Day

ages 2-6


Construction paper, scissors, and tape or scissors

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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.


julieraces said:

Our variation suggestion is this: make a complete "necklace" to include one ring for each day leading up to an event. Remove one ring each day, and ask your child to say a reason why they are excited for the event, or what they remember from a past similar event (e.g. Christmas), how they will celebrate this year, etc. Write their answer on the opened ring, and save all of them. Re-use the following year, adding more memories to each ring as you go.

- Posted on Jun 22, 2007

kris said:

A fun variation is to use up old sewing scraps of material...or for older children, use beads!

- Posted on Jul 31, 2007

beancuso said:

We always do this activity in reverse. We count how many days until the "big day" and then make a chain that has a ring for each day. My kids can't wait to get up and tear one more link from the chain and count how many days left!

- Posted on Sep 1, 2007

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