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See You Soon Vacation Countdown Chain

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A Vacation Countdown Chain is a great way to leave the kids with something to look forward to each day that you are away.

This past May, my husband and I left our 3 kids with grandma & grandpa for 10 days and went on a Mediterranean Cruise. It was the first time either of us had been to Europe, and it was also the first time we had left the kids for that long!

Part of our vacation preparations included making a countdown chain for the kids. Since the cruise line set our itinerary and we booked our shore excursions before we left, we knew pretty much exactly what each day would entail, and I wanted the kids to know what mom and dad were up to each and every day. Here is how I made it –

Vacation Countdown Chain

Materials Needed –

  • paper
  • computer & printer
  • stapler
  • Hershey’s Hugs & Kisses, optional

Directions –

1.Type a little blip for each day that you will be gone to tell the kids what you are doing that day. Here are what some of our notes said:

Sunday, May 9

Today mom and dad are in Spain and we get to board the big cruise ship! Mom will probably eat a ton of ice cream and dad will probably eat a ton of shrimp at dinner. Be good at church today! Ethan, remember you are saying the scripture in primary! You will do great! We love you!

Tuesday, May 11

Today mom and dad are in Naples, Italy. We are going to visit an old city that was completely covered in ash after a volcano explosion thousands of years ago! We’ll take a lot of pictures and maybe even buy you all something fun! Be good for grandma, we love you!

2. Cut each day into strips. Assemble them in chronological, stapling them to secure.

How It Works –

Each morning, the kids get to tear a link off & read what mom and dad are doing that day.

Each night they got a candy Hug & a candy Kiss just before saying their prayers- our way of “tucking them in” even though we were thousands of miles away! ♥

This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in August 2010. 

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