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, you know that we did a fun little countdown to kindergarten the week leading up to school starting. But, I thought I’d share it here in more detail.
Last year, Lovebug was leaving the daycare/preschool she had attended since she was four months old to attend Pre-K at a different school. She didn’t know the teachers, the school or any of the students and she was a little sad and anxious about the change. So, we decided to do a countdown to Pre-K to get her excited about her new school. We did fun little surprises each day the week before school started, like painting her nails fun designs, putting chalk colors in her hair and taking treats to her preschool. We just wanted her days to be a little more special so she wouldn’t be so sad. By the time school started, she was more excited than anxious about the change. Mission accomplished!
This year, Lovebug was already excited about kindergarten, but she was changing schools again so we decided to implement the countdown again, just for fun. We planned simple, inexpensive and fun activities to surprise her each day of the week leading up to school starting.
We started the countdown with donuts for breakfast with 7 days to go…
With 6 days left, we had a sleep over and movie in mommy and daddy’s room. It was fun for her but so very precious to me. I loved cuddling with my sweet girl thinking about how quickly time has flown by and how my little baby would be starting kindergarten in a few short days.
5 days and counting… We surprised her with bath time fun! I went to the dollar store and picked up 7 packs of glow sticks. Each pack had 4 – 6 sticks in it so the tub was full of light. She had so much fun that bath time took twice as long as normal!
With 4 days left, I took Lovebug to the Disney Store for an Alphabet Scavenger Hunt. If she could sound out Disney characters or items starting with each letter of the alphabet, she could pick out a prize ($15 or less). I was so impressed with how many she came up with on her own, but have to admit the end of the alphabet gave us a run for our money. Luckily, the lovely cast members at our local Disney Store helped us out and we were able to come up with all but one letter. I still gave her a prize and the cast members did too! She walked away with 101 Dalmatians figures and awesome Disney trading cards!
* Free printable of the Disney Store Scavenger Hunt sheet is below. 🙂
3 days until the big day meant special mini ice cream cone treats for Lovebug and her friends! Her absolute favorite!
My Love had won tickets to the Phoenix Mercury game from work and Lovebug loves going to the women’s basketball games. So, it was the perfect surprise for one of her last couple days before school.
We celebrated the last night before school with one of Lovebug’s favorite meals and ended the meal with frozen yogurt, toppings and all!
We had one last surprise for Lovebug on the first day of school. We decorated the bathroom mirror with encouraging notes using dry erase markers and filled the bathroom with helium balloons. We just wanted to start her day off with a smile on her face. And boy did she ever!
Lovebug loves school and was already really excited about kindergarten. But, we wanted to create some fun memories leading up to the big day. When she thinks back on kindergarten, will she think about this countdown? Probably not. But, I know I will always remember it and the excitement on her face as she would ask what her surprise was for that day. So, maybe the countdown was more for me than for her. But, either way, we had some fun and made some lovely memories. So, it was worth it. In fact, it was so worth it that we will likely do a countdown to school every year going forward! 🙂
Here is the free printable for the Disney Store Alphabet Scavenger Hunt. Just right click and save to your computer. Then, open it in a word processing program, adjust the size, if necessary, and print.
I hope all your kiddos have a fantastic school year this year!