We’ve been counting down like crazy over here. First, for our cruise and now for Christmas. And, since we tend to get pretty creative with our countdown calendars, I thought I’d pass these calendar ideas on to you. I’ll start with the two that have made us happy recently, then share a few I found searching the web.
Clever Countdown Calendars
An Izze A Day Christmas Countdown Calendar
We typically do an Advent calendar each year, allowing the kids to snag a little gift each day. This year, I opted to turn the attention away from the kids towards our neighbors and we settled on giving away an Izze each day until Christmas. So far, we’ve given smiles to neighbors, the FedEx Gal, the mail carrier and a Secret Santa recipient. I love how my kids are thinking outside the box and enjoying this opportunity to give to others as we count down.
A Ship-Shaped, Post-it Note Cruise Countdown Calendar
This was so much fun to do. This was not only a clever Cruise Countdown calendar, it was a great math assignment for my homeschooler. It was much easier to get him to practice angles and measurement when the outcome was a way to countdown to our first cruise. We started with foam board, which we measured and cut, then he drew his idea of what the ship might look like. We covered his drawing with numbered post-it notes, which we took off each day for 90 days. Did I mention that we had fun?! Press play on the Instagram video below.
Now, here are a few favorites from my Clever Countdown Calendar Pinterest Board:
DIY Vacation Countdown
This is an awesome vacation countdown idea from The Dating Divas. They offer free printables to help you countdown to your vacation using corkboard and a frame. You gotta check it out.
Matchbox Birthday Countdown
I really love the birthday countdown idea from You Are My Fave. She provides the printable, you provide the craft matchboxes and little gifts for the birthday recipient.
Wood & Clothespin Advent Calendar
The last one I’ll point out is a neat Advent calendar made from clothespins and wood strips that I found on Shanty 2 Chic. I love how easy it would be to simplify this by just using the cardboard we have laying around, but if you want to make it from wood, their instructions are easy to follow and they offer a free printable as well.
You can see photos of these suggestions in the Pinterest board below and if you’re not already following me on Pinterest, I sure wish you would! Until next time, happy counting down.