Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Freebie: 12 Days to Holidays Count Down

I saw this idea on someones blog and absolutely had to do it with my kiddos this year! I've made up these cards - one for each day of school remaining before we are finished for the year! Seriously, I CAN. NOT. WAIT. for this year to be over! I am buggered!

So, I've put one of these cards into one of 12 numbered balloons. Each afternoon, we pop the next balloon to see what our special treat or activity is for the next day. I started it today, and the kids just LOVE it!

If I had my kiddos again AFTER Christmas, I would pin up each days card with a photo of us doing the activity. It would make a really cute display! But since I'm in the middle of packing up my class for the year, that is just NOT going to happen!
I think I'm counting down more than the kids! To download, just click on the pics!

NOTE: 3 days to go. The 'special surprise' is a big, long bubble wand that I get from Big W for $1 each. Day 3 is also our 'party day' when I give out presents to the kids (since most don't come to school during the last 2 days of school for clean up) so the bubble wand forms part of their present. I also give them a new book or two each, pencils, bookmarks and a 2012 calendar that has a poem and pictures of our year together on it (printed and laminated).  

If this was your idea that I stole, thanks for sharing! And also let me know so I can provide a link back to your blog and give credit!


  1. Thanks so much for entering my giveaway - can't wait to share ideas with one another!!!!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  2. Love your ideas. I might make a winter version. Enjoy your yummy hot days;)

    Grade ONEderful

  3. To My Aussie Teacher Friend - I love this countdown to Christmas holiday! I grew up part of my childhood in Warner's Bay NSW and I know how much we looked forward to summer holidays! Wow! Thanks for the nifty idea.. I am going to have to adapt it a wee bit as I now live in the mid west of the US where we will have snow soon! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for commenting ladies! The kids absolutely LOVE it and can't wait until we pop the balloon to find out what our special treat is for the next day! I think I'll make it an annual event!



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