Create a DIY Children’s Calendar using my free kids calendar printables! Calendar printables include days of the week, weather and more and are available in seven languages with lots of fun ways to personalize the calendar to make it your own. Plus new calendar pages for 2023 included!
Are you looking to create a calendar to use with your kids? This DIY Children’s Calendar is a fun DIY and a great way for little ones to start their day. I created this calendar when my son was just a toddler and I have since enjoyed using it with both of my kids over the years. It has been an excellent way for my kids to learn their days of the week, months, and the weather and it has also given them a chance to be a part of planning our day.
While this calendar started as a little project for my kids it has since grown a lot over the last 8 years with the help of my awesome readers! I have created lots of different calendar printables you can mix and match to create your own truly unique calendar. Whether it is on a dry erase board, foam board, in a binder, or on your fridge, you can make something that you can use daily with your little ones.
While most of my calendar printables are in English, I have the pleasure of collaborating with other parents and caregivers from around the world to translate my calendar printables. The basic calendar packet that includes the days of the week, months, seasons, weather and more is available in 7 languages! So cool! You can download it for free in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Hawaiian, Korean and Portuguese.
In this post I share examples of how you can use my calendar printables and different ways you can set up your calendar. It will depend on what you want to include in your calendar, the age of your child/children, and what you hope to accomplish with hit. Your calendar can be as simple or extensive as you want!
- White cardstock – I recommend using cardstock 65lb or thicker. I use 110lb white index paper and AstroBright Paper that both work with my home printer.
- Paper Trimmer
- For Magnetic Calendar:
- For Foam Board Calendar:
- Double-Sided Tape – I used 1/2″ Scor-Tape
How to Assemble the Calendar
Step One: Print the calendar printables. Download the calendar files you want to use (under “Download the Free Calendar Printables”). There are a lot of options. If you don’t know where to start I recommend choosing a language and printing the basic calendar packet. It will have the main things you need. You can add on with extras like weather bunnies, customizable headers and more if you want.
Step Two: Laminate! If you are making the printables magnetic, I recommend you use the self-laminating sheets and only laminate the top of the printable pages. Since the back will be attached to magnetic sheets this helps keep the magnets strong. If you are using the printables without magnets, with something like Stikki-clips and Velcro Dots, laminate on both sides using a laminator to make them durable.
Step Three: Cut out the calendar pieces. After laminating the pages, cut out all of the pieces using a paper trimmer and scissors. A paper trimmer will make this process SO much quicker and easier.
Step Four: If making the pieces magnetic, cut the magnet sheets. This is when you would now arrange the cut calendar pieces on a magnet sheet and then cut the pieces out again with a small sharp scissors. Cutting the pieces out before placing them on the magnet sheets allows me to fit more pieces on each magnet sheet. It is also easier to cut through just the magnet sheet instead of through both the paper and magnet sheet.
Step Five: Assemble the calendar! Arrange the pieces until you like how your calendar is laid out. I have a ton of layout examples later in this post!
If your calendar is magnetic, the pieces will be ready to use on a magnetic board. Add magnet clips to hold calendar add-ons like holiday and daily activity cards.
If using a foam board, tri-fold board or chalkboard, you can use things like Stikki-clips and Velcro Fasteners to attach your calendar pieces. First tape down anything that does not need to change (like the thermometer, question about the weather, “Today is” card) with tape. Next use Stikki-clips to hold the days of the week, months, year and weather cards.
The Bunny Paper Dolls
One of my favorite parts of the calendar are the bunnies kids can dress for the weather! They can be created with magnet sheets or without using Velcro fasteners. Check out my post on my Bunny Paper Dolls to learn how to make them. They are such a cute addition to the calendar, plus they make a great quiet activity outside of calendar time!
Creating a Customized Header
One of my favorite new additions to the calendar is creating a customized header. I offer a free editable file that can used with Adobe Reader to customize any header for your calendar. You may already have Adobe Reader installed on your computer but if not, the software can be downloaded for free from Adobe.
Calendar Extras like Holidays!
All of my basic calendar printables are free, but I also offer calendar extras in my Etsy shop. These include Holiday Cards, Daily Activity Cards, Early Learning Flashcards and more. They all coordinate with the rest of my calendar printables and can be a really fun addition.
I love using the flashcards to feature a number, letter, animal and color of the day. They are a fun way to extend calendar time and a great opportunity to tie-in daily activities especially if you are looking for a mini homeschool preschool experience. I love a good theme so I would sometimes find a craft or book that coordinated with the animal or color of the day.
Picture Examples of Calendars
I have made this calendar lots of different times over the years as I’ve created new printables and updated old ones. I hope these images give you lots of inspiration on how you can create a calendar any way you’d like! Use as few or as many of the printables and customize it to fit the needs of the kids who will be using it!
Under each calendar picture, I’ve noted what printables I used and the board size to help!
Helpful Links to More Calendar Information
Check out these posts which go into more detail on specific types of calendars you can create using my printables!
- Busy Book Calendar
- Chalkboard Calendar
- Morning Board Calendar
- Weather Watcher Calendar
- How to Use Calendar Guide Pages
- How to Organize your Calendar Pieces
Download the Free Calendar Card Files!
PLEASE READ: To download the free files, click the links below and a form will appear. Fill in your first name and email and the PDF printable packet will be sent straight to your inbox! Fill out as many forms as you’d like to get the printables you want to use – don’t worry, you won’t be added to my list twice.
These files are for personal use only. You are not permitted to sell the files or sell physical products made from the files. I hope you enjoy crafting something special. Please let me know if you have any questions :)
- For Bunnies: Visit my DIY Bunny Paper Dolls Post
- For Emotion Cards: Visit my Free Printable Emotion Cards Post
- Download – Calendar PDF Packet in English
- Download – Calendar PDF Packet in English (Chalkboard)
- Download – Calendar PDF Packet in English (Color-Your-Own)
- Download – Calendar PDF Packet in Spanish
- Download – Calendar PDF Packet in Spanish/English
- Download – Calendar PDF Packet in French
- Download – Calendar PDF Packet in French/English
- Download – Calendar PDF Packet in Italian
- Download – Calendar PDF Packet in Hawaiian
- Download – Calendar PDF Packet in Hawaiian/English
- Download – Calendar PDF Packet in Korean
- Download – Calendar PDF Packet in Korean/English
- Download – Calendar PDF Packet in Portuguese/English
- Download – Customized Calendar Headers PDF
- Download – Calendar Guide Pages PDF Packet
- Download – Weather Watchers Calendar Printable PDF
- Download – Busy Book Calendar Printables PDF
- Download – 2023 Calendar Pages PDF (starting with Sunday)
- Download – 2023 Calendar Pages PDF (starting with Monday)
- Download – Calendar Expandable File Labels PDF
Download calendar extras from my Etsy shop! Visit my Etsy shop to shop calendar extras like Holiday Cards, Daily Activity Cards, Preschool Learning Cards, Fun National Day Cards and more!
For all things calendar – visit my DIY Children’s Calendar Hub!