How to Make a Countdown Chart

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Countdown charts are handy devices used to help children and adults keep track of the time remaining until an important event. When most people think of the word "chart," a calendar comes to mind. Although a calendar can be used as a type of countdown chart, it really isn't very interesting -- especially for children.

When you make a countdown chart, use your imagination and have fun. You could make a holiday countdown chart out of candy and ribbon. If you're still set on making a paper-based countdown chart, you probably have all of the materials at home. Just keep in mind that it won't taste as good as a more creative candy countdown chart!

Pull a 30-inch length of cling film from the box and lay it flat on a table. Leave one end attached to the box to make it easier to work with.

Place one piece of hard candy at 1-inch intervals down the centre of the cling film.

Fold both sides of the cling film over the candy.

Curl a workable length of curling ribbon with scissors. Cut into 6-inch pieces.

Tie one 6-inch piece of curling ribbon midway between each piece of candy.

Tie a large bow to the top and bottom of the cling film. You may need to staple or tape the back of the bows to the cling film for extra support. Hang the countdown chart in a conspicuous location.

Begin the countdown on December 1 -- the example discussed here assumes you are making an edible countdown chart for the Christmas holidays -- or other appropriate holiday date. Each day cut one piece of candy off the bottom of the countdown chart. Eat the candy and count the number of days left until the big event.

Count the number of days until the event for which you are making the chart. Use a ruler and a pencil to divide your cardstock into boxes. There should be one box for each day. Go over the pencil lines with a permanent coloured marker. If your event is 18 days away, for example, you would divide the cardstock into 18 sections.

Number the sections on the chart counting backwards from the total number of days until you reach the day of the event. For instance, if you are making a chart to countdown the number of days until summer vacation and you figured out that there were 42 days left, you would put "42" in the first box on your cardstock, "41" in the second box and so forth.

Calculate the halfway point to the event. Colour that square on the chart any colour you choose. This acts as a visual reminder that you are half way to the end of the countdown.

Mark an "X" in the appropriate square to indicate the passage of that particular day. You can also colour in the squares to show the passage of time.