Vacation Countdown

vacation countdown

We’re going to Disney World on Friday! ON FRIDAY! This is our first big Disney World vacation and I wanted to make an awesome countdown calendar. I had it planned and ready to go for a few weeks ago, then time got away from us, we had to go to Savannah and now we’re days away!

We finally put our calendar together when we’re only SIX DAYS away! Sheesh! That’s hardly a countdown! Anyway, this is my favorite calendar because it’s interactive. Here’s what you need:

  • a heavy board (foamcore, cardboard or I used a small corkboard)
  • tacks (or maybe a glue gun)
  • cups (small dixie cups would be best but I had to use large plastic cups)
  • tissue paper squares
  • glue
  • prizes!!

vacation countdown

Attach cups to your board–I used tacks because I was attaching it to a corkboard. But if you were using foam core you could just hot glue the cups on. One cup for each day of your countdown.

vacation countdown

Then place your prizes inside. I picked puzzle pieces. I found a cool Mickey and Minnie Mouse puzzle because I thought it would be fun to slowly put together a puzzle as part of our countdown. The final day our cups would be empty and our puzzle complete! The puzzle pieces were so big I had to use huge plastic drinking glasses. You could do any prize–candy, stickers, etc.

tissue paper countdown

Then measure tissue paper that will completely cover the top of the cups. There’s no reason to cut them into circles, just cut them big enough to cover.

vacation countdown

Drizzle glue on the edge of the cup. Make sure to cover it because…

countdown calendar

…now it’s time to lay down your tissue paper. Spread it out so it’s nice and taught!

cup tissue paper countdown

Once it’s dried your calendar is ready to go! Now what do you do?

vacation countdown

Bust one open every day! It’s so fun that even I want to punch through the paper! I have to hide it from the kids during the day because they’d break through them all in one day.

This would be fun for any countdown, including advent! Or how fun to use it as a way to give rewards, to help kids memorize a verse or even just learn parts of a story. You could do so many creative things with it!

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  1. What a really cute idea!!

  2. cute! cute! cute! Could use this for Hanukkah or St. Nicholas Day or staying in your own bed and sleeping through the night, or, or, or…THANK YOU for sharing!

  3. I love this idea 1) because it’s so easy even I could do it and 2) because you get to punch through the paper–how fun!

  4. That is such a great and simple idea!

  5. Going in my inspiration folder! Can’t wait till my son is old enough to do stuff like this.


  6. oohh my goodness! Love this countdown idea! I am pretty sure we will be doing this for our next count down! Have a good trip!

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