In preparation for Daddy leaving, we decided to make a paper chain that had the same amount of links on it as the amount of days Daddy will be gone. The kids colored each link and I helped them put it together. To help them understand how long Daddy will be gone and how many days until he comes home, the kids are going to remove one chain each night when they go to bed. I am hoping this will be something special for them and also help in their counting skills. (I only wish I had gotten a picture of AJ working intently on his links.)
Our paper chain put together and hung up.