so i've had this magnet board for years now (i think it is from ikea). i've used it at art shows to display things, as a magnet board for the kids, and, most recently, as a sticker board--during dinner time i'd give the kids a bunch of stickers and they could just put them wherever they wanted.
well, the had gotten bored of that, so i decided we should paint it as a fun project. then, once i thought about it a little more, i realized that i wasn't doing calendar time with ellie. she's been loving "doing school" which entails her core knowledge workbook, songs, stories, basic match, and the letter of the day, but we hadn't done the calendar deal yet. so i decided to tape off 5 sections with electrical tape, let the kids have at it with the colors i picked. ezra thought it was fun, but it was another messy project in the house.
then i got out an old calendar (lilly pulitzer) and cut it up for the numbers, days of the week signs, etc. i also took out my old scrapbooking supplies and stickers and stuck away. a few coats of varnish later and now we have a really awesome calendar perfect for a preschooler!
it just took a few days during nap time to finish everything up, and ellie just loves it! plus it's a pretty cute thing to have hanging on the fridge!
it's simple, but it has the necessary components! the little arrow can be moved for the seasons, and the frame can be moved around to select the weather.
i also had this little locker basket on the fridge holding some pens, etc., but now it houses the numbers, days, and months.
there it is. a new calendar center and not a penny spent!