Counting down…

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Are you getting excited about an upcoming holiday or a birthday? When something is going to happen soon, here’s a fun way to mark the days.

Create a “count down” chain with colorful paper. Make one link to represent each day, and hang the paper chain up as a visual reminder of how many days are left till the BIG day. The child will get a kick out of ripping or cutting off one “link” per day. For older children, write numbers on each “link” of the chain to correspond with the actual dates or write numbers (1, 2, 3) to count off the days.

If you’re going to travel to visit a child, you could mail them the links (strips that fit in an envelope) out of paper and they could create the chain when they get the links in the mail. Then, they can get excited about your trip, too!  On Skype, I made my own chain in Toronto and my granddaughter made one in Vancouver and we got excited, together!

 

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Be a “faux” Aunt or Uncle

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Is there a young child in your life who you’d like to build a special relationship with? Did your BFF have a baby?

Become a “faux” aunt or uncle! Be that special person in their life who cares about their day-to-day activities. There are many ways to strengthen a relationship with a baby or child who lives away from you.

Send notes or cards. They’re a big hit, especially if they have a photo, a finger puppet, or a sheet of stickers slipped inside. Use lots of color for visual appeal. Alternate using colored pencils or markers as you write a short note that an adult can read aloud to the young child. Put stickers or draw on the outside of the envelope. And, you may even get a note or drawing back from them. Either way, it’s fun to create something to send to that special child. Enjoy!

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