The concept of time is abstract so it can be difficult to explain to children. We use paper chains to count down to exciting events!
La already knew how many days were left until her visit, so we decided to follow along as well with a paper chain countdown. We use our calendar magnets to mark the days with places we visit regularly and people we see often, but for an extra special event like La's visit, a paper chain countdown is perfect!
It's not a revolutionary idea, but I added a few details to make it a bit more interactive and educational. We started by cutting one inch strips of construction paper. We made a pattern with the colors (to review what we've been working on during our summer co-op home school preschool classes) while forming our chain by stapling the strips into links.
We found the perfect place to hang it. Each morning E will practice her scissor skills by cutting off one link and we'll be one day closer to La's visit!