Back to School Countdown Calendar

Summer is winding to a close and school will be starting before you know it.  Relish those last days of summer fun with this back to school countdown calendar.  We have added a fun activity to each day for you to do with your kids.  Make the countdown calendar, add the activities of your choice, then let them start each day with a fun surprise activity.  This is a great way to end summer on a fun note for little or no money.

Countdown-calendar-school-Crafts-UnleashedThe quantities below are for the countdown calendar that I made above.  If you want to make yours smaller or larger, please adjust accordingly.

Supplies needed to make your own back to school countdown calendar:supply-list

Countdown-calendar-school-Crafts-Unleashed-1Remove tops from boxes and discard or re-purpose for another project.  Glue box bottoms together as shown with hot glue.  Add numbers to the tops of the small paper mache cylinders with the stickers.  In order to just use two packages of the stickers you have to get a bit creative.  The letter I makes a great number 1.  The bottom of an Z paired with the top of a U makes a great number 2.  I had to think outside of the box a bit but the two packages worked just fine.

Countdown-calendar-school-Crafts-Unleashed-2Next, use the washi tape sheets to cover the sides of the box.  Three sheets were enough to go around the outside perimeter completely.  Just cut to size with scissors, remove backing, and lay into place carefully.  I lined up the pattern in between sheets so the joints were less obvious.

Countdown-calendar-school-Crafts-Unleashed-3In the morning, however, my box looked a little like the below.  The adhesive does not work really well with the paper mache.

Countdown-calendar-school-Crafts-Unleashed-4However, it’s nothing a light coat of sparkle Mod Podge can’t fix.  I added a light coat making sure to cover the edges well.  Allow this to dry completely before continuing.  Why sparkle?  I say….why not!

Countdown-calendar-school-Crafts-Unleashed-5I also covered the back of the box with the washi tape sheets and a coat of Mod Podge.  I wanted the box to have a finished appearance but this of course is optional.  It will take two sheets to cover the back of a box this size.

Countdown-calendar-school-Crafts-Unleashed-6Now it’s time to add some activities to all of those little countdown calendar containers.  I have a printable list of activities for you here or you can type up your own list.  I have a few extra on mine so you can throw a few out if they don’t interest you or your kids.  Just print these on plain copy paper.

Countdown-calendar-school-Crafts-Unleashed-7Cut the activities into strips with scissors.

Countdown-calendar-school-Crafts-Unleashed-8Then fold each one and add to the small cylinder containers.  I put mine in randomly but you can pick any order that you wish.

Countdown-calendar-school-Crafts-Unleashed-9Each morning let your kids pick an activity from the countdown calendar.  You can start with the last number (24) and countdown to school.  Or start with number 1 and let them watch as those 24 days til school slowly dwindle down.

Countdown-calendar-school-Crafts-Unleashed-10Once they have opened that day’s activity, you have all day to complete your fun mission.  Boy, day 1 for us is going to be a blast….don’t you think?  I chose fun activities that cost little or no money for my back to school countdown calendar but you could add in a few special trips as well (maybe a museum or zoo).

Countdown-calendar-school-Crafts-Unleashed-11If you feel like this summer has sped by and you haven’t done any fun activities with the kids — this back to school countdown calendar is made for you.  Grab the remaining days of summer and make the most of them.  You will be making memories and having a blast doing it.


About Angie

Angie blogs at The Country Chic Cottage where you can find creative crafts, vintage finds, home decor, and DIY all with a little farmhouse flair. Angie has been blogging for over 2 years and is married with three kids. Stop by her blog where you will find everything from small, quick crafts to major furniture and home makeovers. Visit her blog at



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