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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Halloween Activity Countdown Calendar For Kids

Why give your kids candy every day leading up to Halloween when you can do a Halloween inspired activity instead? I've recently made a Halloween Countdown Calendar perfect for kids of all ages which features an activity a day leading up to Halloween. These activities include crafts, games and learning activities for toddlers to elementary school aged children. All activities require little to no prep work and can be done with things you already have around the house or can acquire easily and on a budget.








To make your own you will need the following materials:
-16 regular sized envelopes (3 5/8 x 6 ½ inch)
-31 small pieces of ribbon
-4 pieces of cardstock paper
-Scissors
-Glue
-6-8 pieces of scrapbook paper
-Hole punch


Directions:








1.    Lick shut your envelopes and then cut into halves.
2.    Cut scrapbook paper to fit the front of each envelope half.
3.    Glue to the front of the envelope making sure the open end of the envelope is facing up.
4.    Print out the number template onto cardstock paper. Cut out the 31 numbers and glue a number to each envelope.
5.    Cut out the activity cards. Punch a small hole into the top of each card and tie a ribbon. Place 1 card into each envelope.

Voila! You are finished! Hang on display and let the countdown begin!







The best part of this is that you can make it once and reuse it year after year. You can also count down as many days as you want. For younger children I would probably use 10-14 days and for older children the full 31 would be fine.






If you love this idea but don't have time to come up with a calendar of this sort on your own, I'm currently selling my digital pdf file in my Etsy shopLet the Halloween countdown begin!
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34 comments:

  1. Thats a great idea. I was trying to figure out how to continiue my summer fun container into fall and this is perfect. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a fun activity! I bet my son would love doing these activities leading up to Halloween :-)

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  3. How fun! I love putting activities inside instead of candy! Now following :)
    http://embellishinglifeeveryday.blogspot.com/

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  5. So clever and so Fun!
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  6. That is so fun! My kids would think that is the greatest thing ever!

    xoxo
    Jen

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  7. My daughter is very excited about the idea of going trick or treating this year, but Halloween isn't really celebrated much here in Oz. However, this would be great as a Christmas advent calender :)

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  8. Great idea to make a countdown to Halloween. My daughter seems to be frightened of all of the Halloween decorations in the store, not to mention that Spiderman is her mortal enemy...so I am not sure Halloween is going to go over well this year. Coming thru from ABC and 123.

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  9. Great idea! We have a little Halloween countdown that I made last year, but I love all that you have put into yours.

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  10. Just found your blog through links.. such a cute blog. If you ever need new recipes or want to share your own, or share your own find(craft or something you cant live without) come check us out and email us

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  11. That's so clever! And can easily be adapted to ANY celebration. Thanks fro sharing!

    Tracy

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  12. i bet this is exciting for the little ones

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  13. that is an absolutely fantastic, fantastic idea. and i love it!

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  14. I have this for a Thanksgiving calendar, but I think it's a great idea to use it for Halloween!

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  15. Great idea to use fun Halloween activities instead of candy for your countdown! Thank you for joining us at Show & Tell on ABC & 123: A Learning Cooperative!

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  16. Love fun advent ideas...I just finished my Halloween advent and can't wait to post about it!

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  17. I love it! What a fun idea!

    ~Lori @ Paisley Passions
    Join my Linky Party Thrilling Thursdays

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  18. Thanks for linking to my other linky party A Crafty Soiree! It was fun to see you on there instead of just on ABC all the time! Hope you'll come back next week and link up again!

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  19. How many times have I heard, "I'm bored"? What a great solution to that problem. Great idea. I'd love you to link this up at my party.

    http://sawdustandpaperscraps.blogspot.com/2010/09/linky-party-and-scentsy-giveaway.html

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  20. We did this for Thanksgiving and I'm loving the idea of doing this for Halloween! Great idea!

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  21. What a great idea and so easy to adapt to all sorts of upcoming events and festivities.

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  22. Hi Jenn-- Fab idea! Thanks for linking up to A Crafty Soiree last week... hope to see you tomorrow!

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  23. How fun! My kids would totally love this, and it would be so easy to customize this project idea for Christmas too. I especially like that the calendar uses activities instead of candy.

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  24. Thanks for joining my linky party! Love this idea, never would have thought to do this for Halloween, my kids would love it!

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  25. WHOA! What a TERRIFIC idea and I LOVE the fact that the "treats" are fun family activities and not just food or toys/stuff! Great way to get everyone to interact!!!

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  26. Love the idea of repurposing envelopes! Great idea for teachers too! This idea can be used to coutdown to study facts for tests or a preparing for a school project! Wonderful!

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  27. Fun fun! What a great way to use envelopes! Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's.

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  28. SO cute! Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I love to see the creative talent of other fellow bloggers. Hope you to see you again soon :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

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