Make a Paper Chain Calendar! Pick a date that is about a month away and has meaning for your child (like the first day of school). With a calendar, count the number of days until the event. Give your child construction paper strips and explain that each strip stands for one day. Count out the correct number of strips. Then make the chain by gluing the ends of each strip together to form a link, and adding links to form a "chain". Hang it up and have your child remove one link each day. This provides an image of the passing of time and practice counting backwards!