i love THIS idea for making the back to school countdown fun... cut strips from colored paper. on each of the strips write a different task or activity that needs to be accomplished before the school year begins. for example, buy school supplies, practice writing your letters, etc. link the strips together making a chain & attach a small candy bar or treat. hang the chain in your child's room. every morning your child will pull off one strip, read the activity & he or she can enjoy the special treat after fulfilling the task.