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# Making a DIY Calendar with Preschoolers: Part One

#### 2014-01-03by Kim Vij

Thanks to our guest blogger Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It for a creative and easy way to make a diy calendar… with preschoolers!

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.

Click Here or on the Image Above to Get Your Free Calendar Set *

### Calendar Directions

1. Print out your 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.

CLICK HERE to see 12 preschool calendar activities from Kim, ideal for preschool learning!

### Kim Vij

Kim Vij is an early childhood educator and mom of three. She shares her “Educator’s Spin” on parenting issues and how to make everyday moments into learning opportunities at The Educators’ Spin On It and award winning Pinterest Boards. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google + and Pinterest!