My children are fascinated by dates. The 8-year-old loves to look ahead on a calendar to see upcoming birthdays, special events, when the next day off of school is… he also loves to cross off each passing day. He feels like he’s contributing and it makes for a great conversation starter. My 3-year-old is learning numbers and days of the week (sing it with me: Sunday Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday Friday, Saturday) so it’s only a matter of time that he puts two and two together. Having a visual, a fun calendar, serves multiple purposes- especially in this house.
Shutterfly has totally customizable calendars. Create a calendar for your kids with pictures of themselves, pictures of family members, or pictures of objects to make it even more fun!
Tip- If you Home school or are preparing your child for preschool, take pictures of an object or place (like an apple, airplane, the Zoo, etc.) and dedicate that month to learning all about the object or place: spelling of the word, traveling to see it, the colors, the sights, smells, sounds… so many options!
With Shutterfly, you can also insert special dates prior to ordering the calendar and if you order before January 12th, you can get a second calendar for 50% off (great for Grandma and Grandpa!)
Melissa and Doug has an interactive calendar for children ages 3 and up. It comes with 134 magnets that depict most holidays and activities (as well as the numbers and months). I like that it’s also a dry-erase board so you can add to it as you go.
Alma’s Design has a learning calendar for daily use. Your little one and you can talk each day about the Day, Date, Month, Year, Weather and Season.
Kids Kalendars has a great selection of different styles for your budding artist.
Microsoft Office has templates you can print at home. You can easily create an art project for almost no cost with the templates, some blank paper, crayons and a stapler.
Have your kids shown any interest in days, months or the New Year? How about counting down to family vacations or special dates?