Birthdays … for most kids this is THE DAY, the highlight of the year. In our house the birthday countdown is a big deal! Often they live towards this day for weeks and the excitement grows with every day that gets them closer to it.
“How many times do I have to sleep till my birthday” the kids ask me about a zillion times a day. And no matter how many times I tell them, they keep on asking.
So for my sanity (and their fun) I started the tradition of making a theme birthday countdown for kids. For now, as my kids are still small, I do the preparations. But later on I plan to also involve the kids in the party planning and in making the birthday countdown for their brother or sister.
So when the birthday of my 6 year old girl got closer, I started to plan a new birthday countdown. She had been talking for the past year about her wish to have a fairy birthday, so I didn’t have much choice on the theme. 10 days before THE day, a birthday countdown made of 10 fairies “magically” appeared on the wall of our living room.
Each fairy contained a small “surprise package” with an activity and some goodies for her and her siblings. This way all the little people in the house were excited about picking a fairy from the wall each morning and getting some surprise goodies. And there were no more “How long till my birthday” questions, because they could just see how many fairies were left. Mission accomplished!
Interested to make a fairy birthday countdown for your kids? Check the instructions below!
How to make a fairy birthday countdown
This is what you’ll need to make your own fairy birthday countdown
For the fairies:
- Toilet paper rolls (as many as the number of fairies you want to make)
- Fairy printables (see download link below)
- Scissors & glue
- Paper tape to stick them to the wall (alternatively you could hang them from the ceiling with thread and paper tape)
For the surprise packages. You can of course do your own thing, adapted to what your kids like. But as an inspiration, here’s what I used:
- A note for each day with a surprise activity written on it
- 3 small candies to share with the brother and sister
- A small toy or gadget (e.g. some stickers, temporary tattoo, a bracelet, …)
- A small bag to put everything inside
Step 1: Print the free printable fairies.
Download and print the free printable fairies and their wings. You have below 10 different fairies and wings free free for download.
- Here you’ll find the fairy body for the birthday countdown
- Here you’ll find the fairy wings for the birthday countdown
Step 2: Cut out the wings and the fairies.
For the fairies, cut out only the head and the magic wand. For the body part you’ll need the full paper to roll around the toilet paper roll.
Step 3: Glue the fairies to the toilet paper rolls.
Alternatively you can also use a stapler. I found however that the glue works better for this fairy birthday countdown.
Step 4: Attach the wings
Glue the wings on the back of the fairy and the birthday count down fairies are almost done.
Step 5: Add the surprise.
Take the surprise bags and add the surprises and goodies of your choice in the bags. Put the surprise bags inside the fairies. You might need to put some tape if they risk to fall through. Alternatively you can tape the bottom of the paper rolls to close them and just drop the goodies inside without any bags. I also wrote numbers on the fairies so that we can practice counting and number recognition and keep track of witch fairy gets picked which day.
Step 6: Put the collection of fairies together to make your birthday countdown complete
Choose a visible place in the house and make sure they are high enough so that the kids cannot reach them by themselves. Otherwise they might want to speed up the birthday countdown and pick more fairies in one day 😉
The easiest is to let the fairies stand on a flat surfaces, but you can also stick them on the wall. I chose the later one. So, I rolled some paper tape in a circle with the sticky side on the outside and put that on the back of the fairy.
Another option for making them fly is to hang them with a thread from the ceiling. This way they’ll move. And if you put them at different highs it will look like they are really flying!
For me, the fairy birthday countdown was definitely a success. The birthday girl was impressed when 10 days before her birthday she walked into the living room. This is her reaction when she saw her birthday countdown fairies for the first time. So I think it was a job well done!
Is the birthday of any of your kids coming up soon? If so, start planning the birthday countdown today and enjoy the “wow” reaction of your kid when he or she will discover it for the first time!