** UPDATE **
You can find my new DIY Children’s Calendar with 2017 and 2018 calendar by clicking the following blue link:
Good morning! This month I have been having a lot of fun making some “school-themed” projects to keep Bugaboo and I busy this fall. This latest project, a DIY Toddler Calendar, was a project I have wanted to do for a long time but wasn’t sure how I wanted to go about it. It wasn’t until I was at Michael’s and I saw a roll of magnetic adhesive that I decided on making a magnetic calendar! When my mom showed me a magnet board she no longer had a use for, the whole project came together perfectly!
This calendar has been a lot of fun so far! We’ve only been doing it for about a week, but Bugaboo is having a lot of fun dressing up the two bunnies according to the weather and picking out the date. It has been a nice way to start our day and it is helping him learn the days of the week. Bugaboo has swim class on Saturdays and gym class on Mondays, so I’m hoping the calendar helps him to understand when his fun classes are.
Below is the tutorial and tons of free printables! Seriously, lots of free printables! I’ll be back Thursday to share with you the tutorial for making the fabric pockets to hold all of the magnets!
Supplies Needed for DIY Toddler Calendar – Magnet Board
- Magnet board 18″x22″ – I used Board Dudes 18″ x 22″ Magnetic Dry Erase CorX Board (13467UA-4)
- Two rolls of ProMag magnetic adhesive (about $10/each at Michaels. I used 50% off coupons which helped bring the cost down!)
- White cardstock
- Printer to print all of the free printables!
- Free printables (at the end of this post!)
- 4 Small magnets* (I used Stephen Joseph Small Talk Magnets)
* Some of the pieces may be too small, depending on the age of your toddler. You could easily modify this by taping the calendar to the board rather than using small magnets. I used two small magnets to mark the day and temperature, but you could use larger magnets or cross off the days of the week with crayon instead.
PROCESS: Print off all of the free printables found at the end of this post. Every printable becomes a magnet except for the monthly calendar sheets. Print the monthly calendar sheets and set aside. For all other printables, cut out each piece, leaving a white border around them. Do a dry-run in laying out all of the pieces to figure out the best way to fit them on the magnetic adhesive sheets. They come in one long roll. Lift up the paper on the magentic role and lay down all of the pieces. Cut the pieces out along the lines! Easy as that!
PART 1: The Weather
This calendar has three places for your toddler to think about what the weather is like outside. First, there is a little sign that asks “What is the weather like today?”. Your toddler can look outside and choose from several choices, including windy, sunny, snowy, rainy, etc.
There is a thermometer to indicate how hot or cold it is outside. We use a small shark magnet to place on the temperature.
PART 2: The Bunnies
Possibly the most fun part of the calendar are the two bunny magnets, Kate Bunny and Charlie Bunny.This is the third place your toddler can think about the weather. There are clothes to dress them up in, including winter hats, boots, and jackets, a rain coat, and umbrella, a swimsuit and sun hat, and a cardigan for slightly cool days! Some of the hats get a little thin in places but so far Bugaboo hasn’t broken any! I’ve included two versions of the printables for the bunnies and their clothes – one set that has been digitally colored in and another set that you could have your kids color in!
PART 3: The date!
One of the most important parts of the calendar is the date! We have magnets to choose the day of the week, the month, and the year.
PART 4: The calendar!
I looked at a lot of different toddler calendars before making mine and saw many that had a monthly calendar and just as many that didn’t, focusing more on the week. I decided to make a full monthly calendar since I wanted Bugaboo to understand how the days of the week relate to a month and so he could see when exciting events were and follow the days until that event.
The monthly calendar is not a magnet, since this would take way to much adhesive magnet. Instead, I printed the calendars off onto a sheets of cardstock and then hold them onto the magnet board with two small magnets. We use another small magnet, in our case a robot, to put on the day. I left space above numbers to write in special events and holidays.
PART 5: Daily Activities.
There was room left on the board after putting on everything else and it ended up being the perfect place to put up “today’s activities”. I didn’t want to buy any more magnetic adhesive, so instead I used some magnetic clips I had from Target. I created a bunch of cards with daily activities like swimming, craft time, playtime, Grandma visiting, a trip to the zoo, etc. I’ve included a few below under the “free printables” and the photoshop template if you want to make some with the daily activities your toddler is used to. This part of the calendar has been a good way for me to let Bugaboo know what our plan is for the day and also to ask him what he feels like doing!
*** I have updated the calendars and printables for 2017 and 2018! You can find them in this post, DIY Children’s Calendar.
Supplies I used for this project: