I decided that having a kid friendly calendar would be a great way for Lilly (&Violet when she gets older) to learn about the days of the week, months, seasons, etc and also know what is going on during the week. I searched for ideas and couldn't find much. Almost everything was too detailed. Or just not appealing to me. Then I stumbled upon this gem and thought OMG I'm doing that! I already had a bunch of felt and just needed to get a few other things. It took me a long time to make it, deciding the sizing of the pockets, cutting everything out, writing. I used mostly what I had laying around the house, which is why mine isn't as nice as the prototype. I even used recycled cardboard for the days of the week.
I purchased shapes from Michaels for the activities that we do most frequently and wrote the activity with a black marker and then glued them onto popsicle sticks. For the sun, moon, umbrella, cloud, I had Lilly put googly eyes on them. She got a kick out of that! I secretly giggle that I laid the colors out like ol' ROY G. BIV. Love that guy:)
I love that this calendar is a weekly view and that it also focuses on the season, month and the weather. Lilly loves moving the activity sticks around. The actual date plus the days of the week plus "today, tomorrow, yesterday" seems a bit too much for her right now. Plus it's a major pain digging out the actual itty bitty date numbers every. single. day. So, we don't often change the date. Right now we are focusing on days of the week and what's happening during the week. She likes telling me the weather too, though it's about 95% sunny here in AZ so that's an easy guess;) Now, if I could only get her to stop using the activity sticks as a pretend lollipop.