Family Time Calendar: Calendar Creativity

In just a few days, it will be time to put up a new calendar! Kids can make fun calendars with the following ideas. But don't throw out old calendars -- they can be used for some creative fun throughout the year.

Decorate-your-own-calendar kits are available in craft and bookstores. In addition to creating each month's illustrations, tell kids to record important family dates. Kids can also use a calendar to record daily weather facts. For obscure holidays, check out DatesinHistory.com.

Did you get a free calendar from a local business that will end up in the recycling bin? Have kids draw 12 seasonal pictures on pieces of paper that are large enough to paste over the calendar illustrations. You won't want to discard this handmade creation!

Some computer programs let kids design their own calendars, which can be printed out and bound together with ribbon or yarn. To print a free blank calendar off the Web, go to MyFreeCalendarMaker.com.

Save that old calendar -- it can be a creative teaching tool! Rip out a page and give it to a youngster with a bunch of crayons. Challenge them to color in the daily squares to form sequence designs. Ask them to circle even or odd numbers. They can color squares by counting fives or 10s, or color specific groups of numbers. Use calendar pages like graph paper: Kids can color all the weeks with seven days, or color all the squares on a diagonal in different colored stripes. They can divide each square into a triangle for more elaborate patterning.

 

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