One of the most exciting parts of an upcoming vacation for me is counting down the days until it has finally arrived. I love to share this excitement with my kids and my favorite way is with a countdown vacation calendar. I started to make the first countdown calendar for my oldest son when he was a toddler. We went on a family cruise and I drew a giant ship on a wooden panel. Each window represented a day until the vacation. Every day he drew a smiling face in one of the windows. It was such a success that I started to make a calendar for every vacation. Even though my kids are bigger now, everybody still likes to have a calendar.
It is a great way to get children interested in traveling and builds up excitement. I created six different calendars with different counting down methods like stickers, markers, stamps or crayons and I am happy to share them with you.
For the best results, I recommend to print the calendars on white cardstock paper (it is sturdier and holds up better). Regular printer paper works as well! Or even laminated to use more than once.
They are available laminated in my etsy store:
Travel Vacation Countdown Calendar laminated count the days | Etsy
This calendar is colorful and vibrant and we used a bingo marker to make perfect black circles. A black marker also works great.
Smiling Suns and Happy Faces
This calendar is the favorite calendar of Olivia and I designed it especially for her. Instead of crossing days off, one sun gets a happy face each day. I laminated the calendar for her and used special markers, so she can use it again and again.
Blue on Blue Traditional Calendar
I wanted to create a more traditional looking calendar that can be crossed off each day.
The pastel calendar is perfect to use with stickers which are even more fun than markers. If you scroll down, Olivia even decorated her calendar with diamond stickers all around.
or just crossed off….
Days Until Calendar
This calendar works best laminated.
In the Clouds Calendar
The cloud calendar is my favorite calendar and the clouds can be colored, crossed off or marked with stickers.
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