* Construction paper - at least two different colors
* Scissors or paper cutter
* Tape or Glue stick
* Pen & ruler (optional)
This is a fairly easy craft to do with your child of almost any age and an inexpensive way to count the days until Christmas.
If you have a paper cutter, the adult can cut the construction paper into strips. If you don't, then you can use a pen and ruler to draw lines to create the strips that need to be cut. Or you can simply cut the paper into strips by "eye-balling" it.
The strips we made were roughly a half inch wide and about 3 inches or so long. We chose red and green for Christmas but you can use other colors or add another color.
Once the strips are cut, your child loops one together to make a ring and then use glue or tape to hold it together. Then take a strip of the other color and make a ring and attach it to the first ring. Keep going until you get to 25.
We hung our chain from a doorknob but you can hang it over the fireplace, from your Christmas tree or whatever place you choose.
On December 1, your child just tears off the first ring and each day they do this until the final ring on Christmas Day. It's such a simple thing but my 4-year-old daughter has been so excited to take the ring off each day.
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Sandra K. Lee is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom with a 8-year-old princess & a 4-year-old superhero in Middlesex County, New Jersey.