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Children have counted the days until Christmas arrived for years and years. You don't need a fancy store bought countdown calendar, just make up this simple, yet effective craft.
Construction paper (red and green)
1 glue stick (not so messy)
Use your scissors to cut out 12 strips of red and 13 strips of green construction paper. The dimensions are flexible but I find 1 inch by 8 inches a good size. After that make 1 of the strips into a chain link (circle) and glue together with your glue stick. Repeat making each strip into a circle and connecting through the last circle making a chain. Alternate colors of paper until you have 25 chains. Now you have your very own countdown to Christmas. Starting December 1st pull off 1 chain & do this for the next 24 days and when there is only 1 chain left you'll know that it's Christmas! We always made these chains and draped them over the children's headboards. They ripped off one link each night before going to sleep.
POEM TO PUT ON CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN CHAIN
How many days till Christmas?
It's mighty hard to tell
Take off a link every night
When the Sandman cast his spell
And Christmas Eve will be here
By the time you reach the bell.
The children take the chains home and are told to take off one link
every night to count down the days until Christmas.
December first until Christmas
Is the longest time of the year.
It seems as though old Santa
Never will appear.
How many days until Christmas?
It's mighty hard to count.
So this little chain on links
Will tell you the exact amount.
tHIS IS A WONDERFUL CRAFT IDEA EACH YEAR. mY DAUGHTER HAD THIS WHEN SHE WAS IN THE THIRD GRADE.
i HAD TO GET HELP FROM A TEACHER TO FIND IT AGAIN. i WANTED TO USE THIS FOR MY GRANDSONS. i PUT
CANDY SUCKERS ON MINE FOR EACH DAY-YOU CAN USE SUGAR CANDY ALSO/ i MADE THE ELDERS AT CHURCH ONE AND THEY ENJOYED TO THE MOST.
Thanks for the poems to go along with my chains!
Just what I was looking for!
Thank you for posting this. I was looking for the poem and couldn't find it.
wanted to do this for my granddaughter like i did for my kids but couldn't find it in all my things. knew i'd find on computer somewhere. thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!
This is perfect for my first grade class. I especially liked the 2nd poem because it has sight words that all 1st graders should know.
This is a cool idea :) My kids would love to do this before they go to sleep :)