I found some wooden alphabet blocks in the 3 dollar section of Target to use as countdown calendar cubes.
I teach several classes with a very low budget so I thought this might be a less expensive way to teach the project.
I have seen the unpainted wood for sale at craft stores and it's around $5.00 each. This is less than $1.00 per student.You will need:
5/8" Circle Paper Punch and paper cutter
Printable Numbers and Days Til Halloween
Start by painting the block edges - you can paint the whole block, but you don't have to.
While those are drying paint the base - I made the base out of wooden stakes that I bought in a bundle at a home improvement store. They are 1 1/2" wide and 3/4" high. I cut them with a Mitre Saw into about 3" strips.
I could get 3 bases out of one stake.
Once these are all painted they can dry while you select your paper backgrounds and punch out the numbers.
I used scrapbook paper in one inch strips, which I then cut into one inch squares with my paper cutter.
Then I printed my numbers on orange paper and punched the numbers out with the 5/8" circle punch.
There is a jpeg of the numbers and the words at the end of this post
I printed mine on orange card stock (numbers) and scrapbook paper (Words).
Once the blocks are dry mod podge a square of scrapbook paper onto the block, then add the number over the top.
The first block should have 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 The second block should have 6 (inverted also 9), 7, 8, 0, 1, 2
When you are finished with the number blocks, mod podge Days 'Til Halloween onto your painted base.
That's it - All done - and it can be used year after year.