This easy to make calendar can be used to ease big transitions or just for fun. You can use it to count down to almost anything; the end of school, a family vacation, summer camp, the start of school, going to visit relatives, a big move, holidays, birthdays, a performance, weaning a toddler, or anything else you can think of.
If you have a spirited child like mine that has difficulty with transitions this can be a life saver. We have even used it as a 10 hour countdown to a big change!
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DIY 10-Day Countdown Calendar for Kids
- Acrylic paint color(s) of choice Crafter’s Acrylics Home Décor Brights Sample Pack
- Mod Podge Matte – Mod Podge Matte Finish
- Paint brush – Brush Set Value Pack
- Foam Brush – Foam Brush, 3-Pack
- Number stencil or stickers – unless you prefer to free-hand the numbers. Dimensional Stickers
- 3 inch round paper mache boxes – 3″ Round Paper Mache Boxes
- 9 X 12 Wall plaque – Pine Rectangle Plaque
Step 1 – Paint boxes & plaque
- Use paintbrush to paint boxes, box lids, and wall plaque color(s) of choice. [I used dark yellow]
- Paint inside of boxes if desired. [We did not]
- Allow to dry
Step 2 – Mod Podge sides of box bases only
- Use foam brush to paint Mod Podge on the sides of the bases of the box only.
- Don’t do the lids yet – they will be done in step 4.
- Work quickly it gets tacky
- Allow to dry
Step 3 – Mod Podge plaque, bottoms of boxes & stick boxes to plaque
- Mod Podge is a waterbased glue and finish so it is perfect for this project.
- Place un-Mod Podged lids on boxes. [This is to make sure your boxes are spaced enough when you glue them down.]
- Paint the plaque with Mod Podge using a foam brush. [I don’t have a photo of this – It’s tough to take pictures when working alone – haha!]
- Paint bottom of each box and immediately place in position on plaque in order to glue it down.
Step 4 – Paint lids with Mod Podge and place numbers
- Using a foam brush Paint Mod Podge around the edge of lid first without painting the top of the lid.
- Use rag to rub off excess glue on inside of lid.
- Carefully place lid on top of box.
- Paint top of box with Mod Podge and immediately place number sticker while it is still wet. [If painting numbers allow Mod Podge to dry first.]
- Repeat until all lids have been painted and numbers have been placed.
- Allow to dry.
*If you are painting your numbers on instead of using stickers you can paint the lids and boxes with Mod Podge at the same time. Allow to dry then stencil and paint your numbers.
This 10-day count down calendar for kids is easy to make and has many uses. It is a fantastic tool to use to prepare children from big transitions and events. If you no longer want to hear questions like “How many more days until Halloween?” This is the tool for you!