My kids have already started asking, “How many days till easter?” Have you started to countdown for Easter yet? Easter Sunday is not till the middle of April this year but it is never too early to start getting your eggs and pastel colors out! This Easter Paper Chain Countdown craft is so easy that even the littlest family member can get involved! We love countdowns around our house. My kids have enjoyed making them for holidays and birthdays for a while now. It is a great way to get excited for a coming holiday and add a bit of decoration at the same time. I thought I would share this Easter paper chain as a fun way for you to join in the countdown to Easter.
Easter Countdown Paper Chain Craft Tutorial
My kids love to hear the Easter story so I thought it would be a great idea celebrate the Easter season with a countdown. They can determine the number of days left each day without asking me be their personal Easter calendar. After all, they can’t wait to get to the best part, the Easter egg hunt with plastic Easter eggs!
Easter Paper Chain Countdown Supplies Needed:
- Construction Paper
- Easter/Spring Cookie Cutters
Directions For How To Make A Countdown Easter Paper Chain:
Gather your supplies and head to a flat area. We love spreading out on the floor but a table is just fine too. Start with your construction paper. I chose pastel colors for my chain. Stack 3 or 4 pieces one on top of each other and cut 1 to 1 1/2 inch strips out. You will need to cut out enough strips for the days leading up to your date. If you start on April 1st, cut out 16 strips (or one strip for each day from now until the holiday).
Once your strips are cut out, grab your cookie cutters. This is totally optional but I think it adds a little something to a boring paper chain! Trace your cookie cutters (eggs, bunnies, crosses, flowers, butterflies, etc…) .
Once you have your shapes traced, cut them out. If you haven’t yet, grab your strips and tape the ends together. Interlock your strips one at a time till they are all connected. Temporarily hang your chain up and tape your cookie cutter cut-outs to the rings that are showing on the front.
When your Easter shape cut-outs are all taped on, you are done with your Easter countdown craft.
How To Use The Countdown Chain
Congratulations, you have made an easy Paper Chain to Countdown Till Easter. It is time to choose where to hang it. You can hang it from the Mantel or let your child hang it on their bedroom door. I made a little sign at the top of ours just for a little something extra.
Then you establish a routine for your child. Every night before they go to bed, (or each morning when they way up) your kid can remove one ring from the countdown chain. The number or rings let should symbolize the number or days left until you celebrate Easter. We like to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the coming of the Easter Bunny to bring Easter baskets. It is a season of rebirth and spring and total joy for kids of all ages to feel the warmth of the sun, the blossoming of the flowers, and the arrival of chocolate eggs!
If you are part of the Christian faith, you might want to label the last rings on the chain. Or if you have an older child who is good at small print, this is a great opportunity for them to practice their handwriting. Have them label the rings with the days of the Holy Week. The very last ring can say Easter Sunday, then Holy Saturday (or Black Saturday), then Good Friday, Maundy Thursday, Holy Wednesday, Holy Tuesday, Holy Monday, and Palm Sunday.
Have you made a paper chain before? They are so easy to throw together and the kiddos really love ripping them off each day! Tag us in your pics @familyfocusblog!
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