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When we didn't want a big paper chain hanging all over we did a wall calendar type thing where every day you pulled off a page and each page had the number of days left on it. DD decorated it with drawings, stickers, names of favorite rides or restaurants. It's very similar to the paper chain though.
I went to Home Depot and picked up about 20 mickey paint chips in different colors. I then got a foam poster board and some double sticking velcro fasteners at the craft store.
I labled the top of the board "Countdown to Disney" , I wrote the numbers 20 down to 1 on each mickey chip and fastened them to the board with the velcro in a calendar-like layout.....I used five across and four down, so I ended up with four rows of five.
I then wrote my daughter's name one side on the bottom and my son's name on the other and decorated each "side" with Disney stickers.....princesses for her, cars for him.
Starting 20 days prior, they got to take off one marker per day which I then stored in a ziploc sandwich bag. I chose 20 as it was close enough to the vacation to make it truly fun for the kids to do and not so far away that I would get sick of hearing "Can I do the calendar? Can I? Can I?"
Last year we did a countdown starting at 26 days. I had a notebook with pages labeled A though Z and each day we all listed anything we would think of starting with the day's letter having to do with Disney (characters, movies, songs, you name it!). We ended up with over a thousand entries after the 26 days.
I love Eileen's idea! Very cool... Here's mine:
On a giant posterboard, make a "grid" with the numbers 100 - 0, each night at bedtime; the kids get to cover one number with a Mickey (or any Disney related) sticker or dye cut. It will show them how many days are left until the big trip. Hang it on the fridge or bedroom door... have fun!
Those ideas are awesome. I hadn't even thought of doing that but I think Im going to do it as a surprise for my kids. I will do it with 90 days left. I might incorporate alot of different ideas that were posted.
This is an idea that my Mom used for my sister and I years ago when we wanted a countdown to when we were moving to a new state...
Go to Michael's or an arts and crafts store and buy some magnetic sheets. Typically you can find them where one side is magnetic, and the other side is sticky when you pull off a paper backing. Print out small Disney pictures (ex. Disney characters, Magic Kingdom castle, WDW logo...) and cut them out to fit the magnet and stick them to the magnetic pieces. Trim the magnets to fit the pictures if needed (it looks best if you cut exactly around the picture you printed, and then trim the magnet to match once you stick it on). Then, get a large posterboard or piece of paper that will fit on the fridge. At the top you can label it with "Our Countdown to Walt Disney World" or whatever else. You then keep your magnetic pieces in an envelope and as each day goes by the kids get to put one piece of their choice onto the paper that is on the fridge. If you want to easily be able to tell what day of the countdown you're on, you could write the numbers 100 through 1 on the paper counting down, and then the kids just cover each number with a new magnet each day.
You all have such great ideas! For our last trip I made calendars for 60 days to count down. Here is a link to the ones I made it is very easy Disney Magic Artist Online Calendars there are alot of disney characters that you can pick from to decorate the top of the calendar page & they have decorations (I think they refer to them as stickers) that you can place on dates you pick.