Making a Calendar

by Deb on March 25, 2011

Calendars

A series of twelve pictures. It sounds simple but there’s a lot in it. It can set imagination loose, but give it guides. It can make them plan and problem solve. Thinking about the future, thinking about changes, thinking about the rhythm of life. Visualisation, creativity and a solid grounding in observation – that’s a pretty good activity.

A week or so ago I wrote a quick list about changes that happen through the day or through the year and taking the time to notice and celebrate the patterns of life. Making a calendar together is a great way to really explore the changes as well as introducing concepts of time and the future. Whenever we have something special coming up like a birthday or party we make a little calendar for the girls to mark things off on, but this is a more ambitious attempt to make a whole year calendar.

It’s pretty simple – print out (or draw if you are old school) a calendar template, then make appropriate pictures to go with each month. There are heaps of free calendar templates out there, they are on both Microsoft Publisher and Microsoft Word if you have them, or there are some more here and non-Word ones here. Before you print go through and put in your important family dates, school holidays or other celebrations.  Put in your regular activities and talk about doing things weekly or monthly.

You can do a mix of drawings, paintings, photos or whatever strikes your fancy. As you come to each month, talk about the weather. What will the garden look like? What will they be playing or wearing? How old will they be? Is there anything special happening that month?

little girl March

This is the little girl's page for March.

Even toddlers can participate, the little girl sat on my lap and chose the colour and pictures while I put them in. She wanted a recent photo and a photo of the weather lately, plus we put in her daycare days and when I went away.

big girl July

Big girl's picture for July.

Big girl‘s is quite different, we are possibly going to Cairns in July so there we are with the mountain, all the rain making everything green but the sun is out because it’s hot, our names and the car and camper trailer. I’m not sure why I got banished to the other side of the mountain 😉

If you have access to a spiral binder then lucky you 🙂 However staples and glue are just as good. Hang it somewhere accessible to little people then off you go. Each week you can talk about what is coming up and write new things on. Practice the days of the week and months of the year. And as you turn the pages you can talk about the pictures and why they made them that way. A great way to use and revisit their art as well as learning about how their world fits together.

This post is part of the We Play linkup at Childhood 101.

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Science@home via Facebook March 25, 2011 at 8:59 am

I can’t believe it took me so long to do it, we’ve been doing little calendars before birthdays and trips for ages.

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Deb March 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

That was actually in reply to a Facebook comment, only some of them are coming over. It might be because of people’s security settings, with Facebook who knows.

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Trish March 25, 2011 at 10:43 am

A clever idea for preschoolers who have little concept of time/months.
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Glowless March 26, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Clever idea. I much prefer home-made things done with photos and artwork compared to the super duper completely perfect bought things – they just don’t have any love in them.
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amandab March 29, 2011 at 6:53 am

I think we might do this on one of the days we need a quiet activity. Would be a very wise idea since I am always forgetting birthdays and never use my diary. In fact, I don’t even know where that is :S

And I have not only a spiral binder but a laminator so this won’t get damaged either 😀 (Yes, a little obsessive with office items!)

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Audrey Mora@after prom party March 29, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Hmm… good idea! As for me, I personalized my calendars using customized calendar editor available online.
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