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Cut strips of colored construction paper and have your children loop them together to make a paper chain. Then encourage them to count down to a certain anticipated event over the holidays (e.g., Christmas Day, the last night of Hanukkah, the beginning of Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, or even the first day of school after their holiday break). Have them label the links on the chain with numbers corresponding to the dates on the calendar. You can even have them alternate colors of construction paper to practice skip counting by odd and even numbers. Or show them how to repeat the same colors every three or four links to make a color pattern.