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Back to School Countdown Activity

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I’m sure school has started for most already, so this idea may be completely useless, but I absolutely love it!  It’s such a great way for kids to get excited about a new school year.  And it can be adapted as a First Week Survival Kit. 

Since our kids were disappointed in the end of their summer escapades, we employed a fun Back to School Countdown.  Using paper towel rolls and scrapbook materials that we had on hand, I decorated and filled the rolls with necessary school supplies and tiny treats. 

School starts for us after Labor Day, so we have seven days left.  Each day, the kids will empty one of the rolls to find an assortment of goodies:  new markers, crayons, colored pencils, fun erasers, assorted bookmarks, Smarties candy (because I’m corny like that), and a sweet treat (in the form of an ice cream gift card) for the first day of school. 

I created these little ditties a few days ago and so far they have done the trick.  The kids cannot wait to see what’s inside.  It’s creating a lot of anticipation for the big first day, which is what we were going for.  I’ll take excitement about learning over back to school dread any day.

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