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Paper chains - a simple yet effective tool for concept of time - Back to school fun!

As school approaches, I thought I would do a re-post of my favorite way of getting my child ready for school.  Have some back to school fun with these and get them ready for a no tear day of school.  I would love to hear how these worked for you, send me a comment to post and share your success!  All my best, Dyan 

Paper chains a simple yet effective tool for the concept of time in days.  We have been making these for the last few years.  We started with her first day in preschool.  My daughter had just turned 3 but yet these helped her understand how many days were left before she would start on her new adventure of preschool.  The transition was so easy for her that she barely turned around to say good bye to me!  As I turned to leave her there for the first time, the tears filled my eyes.  I was definitely more effected by the separation than her.  We have continued to make these for all exciting or important engagements afterwards.  The arrival of her cousins for spring break, planned vacations or activities that she was looking forward too and every year of school since.  They help build excitement and anticipation.  The paper chains also help with the how many more days until question.  She looks forward to taking one off every night and counting how many more days until that exciting moment of what ever we are counting down too. I am sure as she gets older the excitement of making these will wear off and as she grasps more of the concept of time she will not need them to help her understand.  But in the meantime, we will continue to make them and look forward to all the exciting firsts and other thrilling engagements in her life.  I hope you take the time to make these with your kid (s).  There are many things to learn from this easy craft. 
What we learned:  making lines with a ruler, practice cutting with scissors, practice writing letters and numbers, using tape, making something that can measure time in days and counting.
What we shared:  quality time together, fun, inexpensive craft and learning tool, creativity, sharing in anticipation of something we are looking forward too!
Go grab some paper, scissors and tape and try it!  It's easy and you'll have fun doing it! You might even incorporate it into your lives for all of your exciting occasions.  All of my best!  Dyan

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