My daughter and I have really enjoyed creating countdowns for holidays and special dates. Like this one we created for her birthday party. Or using books to countdown to Christmas. We just finished counting down to Halloween using a version of this cute ghost from Edventures with Kids. Last year we used this idea to countdown the Thanksgiving from Living Laughing & Loving. Here’s our version:
But, this year we created a Leaf Countdown to Thanksgiving by utilizing the holiday tree I have used for Easter and Halloween.
It was super simple … and we were able to do it together (getting in a bit of fine motor skill practice!). I used a package of fall leaves that were made out of material … like these:
I threaded a needle with string and had my daughter “sew” through the top of each leaf, leaving enough string to make a knot to hang the leaf on the string. We made one for each day of November leading up to Thanksgiving and hung them on the tree.
Each day a member of the family will take off one leaf, say something they are thankful for, and place the leaf at the bottom of the tree. So, as the leaves of the trees finish falling outside … our Thanksgiving countdown will lose a leaf a day until we reach Turkey Day.
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Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.