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Old 06-26-2015, 05:57 PM   #1
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Fun stuff to do with kids

We are 39 days out from our 2nd trip as a family. My daughter is 4 1/2 and her first trip. What fun things do u do at home with younger ones to lead up to your trip? We are decorating mouse keeping envelopes this weekend.



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Paper chain to count down the last 30 days. Pull one off each day. It helps little kiddos visualize how long till the trip.
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I second the paper chain.
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We make "Tip Treats"..

Googly Eyes & Glitter: Christmas or Valentines Kiss Holder Tutorial

Kinda like that but a bit more ornate..

We also make duct tape wallets.

A little something extra to give out to our servers or just a really awesome cast member. The kids love it and the CM's think its the greatest thing ever.

When have also made our own autograph pages and then had them bound into a book. That was fun too.
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We do the paper chain as well, but actually started at over 200 days! We have one ring to pull off everyday for the last 100 days, but before that we pull one off on Sundays- that way it didn't completely take over the house. Also, I made the last 30 days of chain look like Mickey and Minnie (Disneyland Vacation Countdown Chain). I don't usually go so overboard, but I'm excited

As we get closer, we make t-shirts (we tie-dyed Mickey's head one year, then reverse tie-dyed, and last time we decorated shirts with the logos from our favorite rides).

We look over maps and restaurant menus on the weekends to give the kids an idea of what will be at the parks - and we've found letting them look over the menu ahead of time makes ordering MUCH easier.
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I love the idea of the paper chain and she can easily help make it!

One thing we like to do is revisit old Disney movies that we haven't seen in a while or that would help your child appreciate a ride better.

We make it a family evening event, say have spaghetti and meatballs for dinner and then watch Lady and the Tramp.

Or watch some of the older Disney TV specials, an eposide of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, or even a reel of Silly Symphonies cartoons. You can find a lot on Vault Disney.
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We do the paper chain too, with Mickey scrap book paper (I don't scrap book...I just buy a few sheets). We also watch ride, fireworks and room tour videos on youtube--my kid likes to be well prepared and not surprised, ever.
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That paper chain sound like so much fun!
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We did a paper chain back in 2012 for my great-nephew's (5 at the time) first visit. We started it at 63 days because I could only stall so much with his patience level. Taking my great-great-nephew (5) for the first time this Christmas and his patience level is even lower... Might have to make the paper chain soon!
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We always included the kids in the planning even when they were little. It got them even more excited about WDW. They knew they were going on their first trip 10 months before we went and that trip was the main topic around our house that entire time. We really got our money's worth from that and its what hooked us on Disney ever since...20+ years we have been going now.
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