The never-ending question: “Mom, what’s today’s date?” or “What day is it?” Good question! I am constantly trying to remind myself of this none the less my children. This took awhile to create, however, I am so thankful I did. I wanted to make a calendar that we could use from year to year with each month’s appearance being fun and different from the others. I created a scrapbook page for each month and made circular discs with numbers 1-30 (or 31). Some months share the same disc dates to lessen the amount of work in creating this. In addition to the numbers, I also created discs to symbolize important events and reminders as a quick cue for us all as we look at the month from a glance. The girls enjoy when we flip to the next month and try to remember who has a birthday as well as what other important events, due dates, and holidays are included.
To create the calendars, a Cricut works best. I own the Designer’s Calendar Cartridge which is what I used to create most of this. I found cute cupcake stickers that I placed on blank white circular cut-outs and found other stickers to symbolize different holidays or events that we wanted to keep track of on our calendar. For cut sizes, for the overall calendar frame, I selected the square option and cut it at 10″ and then pasted it onto a full piece of 12″x 12″ paper to serve as the background. For the numbers, I cut 1.25″ blank circles (from the Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge) in a color to compliment the background and calendar frame. For some calendars, I used the Designers Calendar cartridge to cut out each of the dates at 1″ in a complimentary color to the overall calendar design. Pasting each of these to a circle was a bit of a chore, but the end result was worth it (if you are looking to design calendars that coordinate and stand out from one another). For some months, I took a short-cut and simply hand wrote the numbers onto the circles or used number stickers. One thing to consider is making generic numbers 1-31 that you could use for every month of the year. The thought crossed my mind, but I wanted each of my calendars to coordinate with the numbers that were being placed on them– that’s just me. If you can get past this, it will be a huge time-saver to have one set of circular discs that can be used over and over again.
Once I had the calendars created, I had them laminated (cutting the circular discs out takes some time but don’t get discouraged. It is well worth it). Finally, I placed velcro discs on both the calendar and discs, make sure that the soft velcro went on the calendar and the rough velcro went on the discs. I use a feltboard to keep the other circular discs that are waiting to be placed on the calendar and the rough velcro of these grab nicely to the felt.
For younger children, this is a great way for them to practice sequential counting and number recognition as well as month order. I usually have my youngest put on the day’s date and then tell me today’s date (day of the week, month, date), yesterday’s date as well as what tomorrow’s date will be. We have used this for several years now and it has worked exceptionally well. If you like to craft and have some free time (yah, right!), this is one that is worth-while.