This post is sponsored by Kid Made Modern.
Get excited for your family’s next big day with this handmade countdown clock! We are quickly approaching advent calendar season, but who says you can’t have a fun year-round countdown for other days too? For this project, we had a blast decorating Kid Made Modern’s award-winning wooden robot kit and using the magic of felt. Do you remember those felt boards where you could dress up characters or arrange your own felt play settings? It’s sometimes easy to forget that felt just wants to stick together, and we used that nifty trick to make this reusable countdown.
Kids will love not only making this clock, but updating the felt sign every day until the special occasion is finally here. Or you could get really creative and make your felt sign a little bigger so that you can spell out whatever messages you like! “Happy Birthday!”, “Way to go!”, or other encouraging messages would be so much fun, don’t you think? Take a look at the how-to video below, and keep reading for the full tutorial.
what you need:
- Kid Made Modern Wooden Robot Kit
- Kid Made Modern Arts and Crafts Library (scissors, glue, felt, beads, and wooden dowel)
Paint your robots! For this craft, we used the two taller ones and saved the short one for crafting another day.
Once the paint is all dry, decorate your two robots with stickers! There are tons and tons included in the kit, so have fun dressing them up.
Time to make the countdown sign! We cut a piece of felt from the Arts and Crafts Library in half and glued one half to a wooden dowel. Then we glued alphabet beads onto the bottom of the felt to spell out “DAYS”. Let the glue dry.
While the glue is drying, cut numbers out of another color of felt. We kept our numbers super square so that they’d look just like a digital clock or old-school calculator. Depending on how high you want your numbers to go, you might want to cut out multiples of a few digits. Also, if your countdown needs to go beyond 19 days, you might need to make your sign wider or the numbers smaller so that everything fits together.
And then you simply glue the wooden dowel to the two robots’ hands and let dry. Voila!