Making a Calendar with Preschoolers Part One

Today’s post is brought to us by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It! Stay tuned for next week’s additional activity ideas!

Fun Ways to Teach Your Child about Calendars

January is a time for new things and goal setting for ourselves and even our kids.  One fun activity to start this year is a Daily Calendar with your child.  The amount of knowledge that a child can learn from interacting with a calendar is quite surprising.  Even before your child is reading, a calendar can encourage a child to build literacy skills and math skills in a fun and engaging way.  In just a few minutes a day your child can learn them following skills.

Skills Learned with Calendars

  • Days of the Week
  • Months of the Year
  • Number Recognition
  • Numerical Order
  • Pattern with color and shapes
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Sequencing
  • Time

Depending on your child’s age just start with the basics of days and numbers and build a calendar together.  Make a point each day to spend 5 minutes adding the number of the day to the calendar and change the day of the week.  While you’re doing Calendar Math you can practice identifying the number and practice counting objects to match that number.  Before you know, they’ll surprise you with how much they remember.

Printable Calendars for Teaching Preschoolers About Calendars

Click on Image to Print Your Own Free Calendar Set

Calendar Directions

  1. Print out free Calendar Printables {Click HERE} or use Melissa & Doug’s Magnetic Calendar
  2. Cut and Sort pieces into Days of the week, Months of the year and Dates
  3. Make a few containers together to hold your pieces of the calendar.  We used old wrapping paper to decorate ours.
  4. Encourage your child to discuss parts of the calendar with you Days, Months & Dates
  5. Decorate the Calendar for the Month with your child
  6. Find any special dates and label in a fun way together and discuss.

headshot 250 by 250Kim Vij is the co-author of The Educators’ Spin On It.  As an early childhood teacher and a mom of three, she’s learned many tips and tricks of parenting and teaching along the way in the past 20 years. She shares her “Educator’s Spin” on parenting issues and how to make learning playful and playtime meaningful.

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You may enjoy using glitter glue, stamps, stickers or other fun craft items to customize your calendar! Glitter Glue SticksABC StampsABC Numbers Stickers Jumbo Jumbo Triangular Crayons

 

 

Comments

  1. Thank you for these wonderful printables! I’ve tried putting together my own for my preschool boys, but this looks so much nicer. I just printed them out and we will start using them tomorrow. Thank you!

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