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Magnetic Calendar

on July 25, 2012

Have I ever mentioned that I was an Assistant Teacher for Kindergarten a few years back?

Yeah, I was.

Every morning the kids would gather for circle and they would find the date on this velcro calendar thing and talk about the weather. It is so cute. I thought, since Ally is starting kindergarten this fall, that it would be neat to have our own little version of this calendar.

You will need:

  • magnetic sticky paper
  • printer paper with awesome words printed on it
  • exacto knife
  • ruler
  • cutting board
  • patience

First of all you’re going want to print out whichever words you would like, in awesome colourful designs of course.

Days of the week, months, and numbers 1 through 31 for all possible dates. You are then going to need to cut the words out using your exacto knife, ruler and cutting board. Or scissors if you’d like…

The next step is to begin peeling back the plastic on the magnetic sticky paper. This will reveal the sticky side which you can adhere your papers to. I peeled a small section and then placed the paper, then peeled more and added more paper over and over again to discourage things like hair from getting stuck on the magnet.

Another tip for this step would be to put the biggest pieces of paper on first, and then fill in the available magnet space with the smaller pieces – in my case, the numbers.

If you still have available magnet left then you could save it, orrrrr you could put it to use with magnetic art labels! This also allows me to introduce the rule that they can each only put 4 pieces of art on the fridge (4 labels each) and therefore my fridge doesn’t look like the floor of a bombed office.

I also let them each draw small pictures (above you can see Ally’s pictures of every member of our family) that I cut out and stuck into the spare spaces. I also added a couple of small drawings myself to utilize as much of this magnet paper as possible.

After everything is stuck on, you then cut out the magnets with a sturdy pair of scissors; stick them to your fridge however you’d like. I chose to organize mine as if they were a calendar, lining the dates up with the appropriate day of the week.

You can see the art labels holding up some of their precious drawings at the bottom of the photo.

More recently I have moved all of the extra month magnets to the side of the fridge so that only the days of the week and numbers are visible on the freezer door.

Every morning the girls will pick the appropriate day of the week (Tuesday) and appropriate number (10) and place them on either side of the month (July). This has been helping Ally learn the present date, passage of time, and days left until events; and it has been helping Kira practice saying the names of the days of the week.

Very simple, all it requires is a little time to invest in writing the words, sticking the paper and cutting the magnets. The girls keep insisting that they love it, and the educational value is a definite bonus for me.


PS I have been working on improving my house keeping skills, which as anyone with any form of attention disorders knows, is hard as sin. This has been absorbing most of time, although I feel like I am starting to make significant improvements in my routines and behaviours. Perhaps, at a later date, I will be able to write all about my successes. I am also still battling terrible eczema that is inhibiting my ability to fully bend my last two fingers on my right hand AND I am trying to renew my interest in post-secondary education which involves a lot of hoop jumping and financial planning. Let’s throw in a dash of: 3 birth days, 2 birthday parties and 1 birthday outing all in a 40 day window and you have the making of a very busy, highly undercaffeinnated momma. I love you all, and I am still around, I’m just…cleaning things.

Lots of bloggy love,



4 responses to “Magnetic Calendar

  1. Very cute. I was wondering how many coffees powered this craft! I think you’re right on with “3” ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love your educational craft ideas.

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