The Kindergarten Countdown: Simple End of the Year Fun

Sunday, 5 May 2019


Once May hits, I find myself doing double duty preparing for the arrival of next year's kindergarteners, while still trying to wrap up loose ends with the current group.

Sound familiar?

Yet, it's always important to me that our last days together be meaningful and marked with special memories as I send my kiddos off to summer and eventually the next grade. (Read about my worst, last day ever HERE!)

So I needed something simple and flexible, knowing there would be many end of year, school-wide events (i.e. Slide Ceremony) competing for our time!

Enter the Kindergarten Countdown!

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I created this using a "sliding scale" of activities that work well no matter how much time I have to devote to it each day.

Here's how you can make this work for you!

Step 1:

Gather 10 small gift bags (Dollar Tree sells them in a 3-pack) and label them with your countdown numbers.

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Step 2: 

Choose a theme for each day and create activity circles equal to the countdown number for each countdown day.  For example, if day 5 is Dance Day, you would create 5 circles that list 5 dances for your kiddos to do. Color-code them to match the numbers for quick and easy storage.

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Step 3:

Brainstorm additional activities for each themed day that you might do if your time allows.  

On some days we are jam-packed and on others I find myself looking for things to do!

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Step 4: 

Tack up the bags on a bulletin board in countdown order. Add a "balloon pop" for extra pizazz! 

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Send home a Countdown Calendar to let families know about your end of year fun!

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If you are short on time or have your own ideas for themed days, try the EDITABLE Kindergarten Countdown and make it your own!

You'll find this bundled together with a Kindergarten Moving Up Plan to help ease some of the anxiety your kiddos might have about going to the next grade! 

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And in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, it's all on sale!


Wishing you all a smooth and joyful end to your school year!

Thanks for stopping by!

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