Create a handmade DIY Children’s Calendar with the Crafting Cheerfully free calendar printables! Available in four languages with lots of fun ways to personalize the calendar to make it your own!
About the DIY Children’s Calendar
This DIY Children’s Calendar is a fun DIY and a great way to start each day with your little ones! I created this calendar when my son was just a toddler and I have enjoyed using it with both of my kids. 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.
This calendar started out as a little project I made my kids and has since evolved to a calendar used all over the world! One of my favorite parts of this project has been hearing from families and child caregivers from different places and seeing how they use the printables. The main parts of the calendar are now available for FREE in four languages – English, Spanish, French and Italian. These include the days of the week, months, calendar pages, and the cute bunnies your kids can dress each day for the weather!
Calendar extras, like activity cards and holiday cards, are available in my Etsy shop. Many of you have asked for activity cards in Spanish and French and those are now available in my shop as well! I hope you and your kids enjoy this calendar as much as we have! If you use the printables or create your own calendar, I’d love to see! Use the hashtag #craftingcheerfullycalendar or tag me @craftingcheerfully :)
What parts of the calendar are free?
The main parts of the calendar are all free to download! Yay! (Downloads located at the end of this post). The main parts of the free calendar are:
- Calendar pages
- Days of the week
- Months of the year
- Seasons of the year
- Weather printables – thermometer and weather cards
- Bunnies kids can dress for the weather
These are all available in English, Spanish, French and Italian. I had the pleasure of working with parents and caretakers in Canada, France, Spain, Mexico and Italy to create these additional card sets. I’m hoping to add a set that is editable and can work with any language in the near future :)
Additional calendar cards are sold in my Etsy shop like Holiday cards, Daily Activity Cards and preschool learning cards. These are fun extras to add to your calendar but the essential parts of the calendar are all free. I truly hope you enjoy using them!
How to Assemble the DIY Children’s Calendar
My DIY Children’s Calendar can be created so many different ways. Use a few of the printables or use them all! Here are just a few ways you can set up your calendar and links to more information and tutorials.
- Adhere the printables to sheets of magnet and use on a magnetic dry-erase board or your fridge!
- Use the printables with Stikki-Clips or Velcro Dots
- Tape the printables to foam boards.
- Create a calendar station with a trifold board.
Mix and match the printables and create the perfect calendar for your family :) Below I have instructions for how to turn the card into magnets and how to use them with Stikki-clips!
Parts of the Calendar!
The weather printables have helped my kids think about what is happening outside, the temperature, and how to dress appropriately for the weather. You can create a board just for the weather like the one below or use it as part of an entire calendar!
We dress our bunnies each day depending on what the weather is like outside. The bunnies are now available in four different fur colors as well as standing or sitting in a wheelchair. The packets include a boy and girl bunny in each fur color. The bunnies can be turned into magnets or used with Velcro Dots. Read more about how to make the bunnies by visiting this post, Calendar Bunnies. These bunnies really are a fun part of this calendar and give kids a chance to apply what they are learning about the weather and temperature. They also make a great toy or quiet activity.
Color Your Own Version!
The calendar printables in English and the bunnies are also available in a Color-Your-Own version! Color the printables in any color scheme you choose! Below is a version I did using colored pencils in bright and bold rainbow colors.
Storing the Calendar Pieces
This calendar comes with a lot of pieces! When I first created this calendar I decided to make a fabric magnet holder. We are still using the same holder years later and it works so well. It rolls up and keeps all of our magnets separated and in one place. You can follow my fabric magnet holder sewing tutorial to create one for your magnets.! Of course there are other ways to store the magnets that don’t involve sewing – plastic baggies, pencil cases or even a fun box the child could decorate will all work.
Calendar Extras Available in my Shop
Over the years I have continued to add on to the calendar with extras you can purchase in my shop while keeping the base of the calendar free to download. Activity Cards and Holiday Cards are among my favorite add-ons! All of my extra cards feature hand drawn illustrations colored digitally with bright, vibrant colors that coordinate with all of the free printables. These are all available in my Etsy shop.
Creating a Safe Calendar for Your Kid!
Use the printables to create the perfect calendar for your child and be sure to update it as they grow! There are some small parts to this calendar (the daily numbers and some of the bunny’s clothing accessories), so I suggest only using the printable pieces that are appropriate for your child’s age. When my children were toddlers, I kept our calendar out of reach in our craft room so the kids only used the calendar when we were doing “calendar time”. When my youngest was born, we switched to using stickers to mark off days on our calendar rather than using the small magnet we were using before. The stickers were a lot of fun and we used themed one for each month. If you laminate the calendar page, kids can also practice crossing off each day with a dry-erase marker!
Here is a little disclaimer about some small parts included in the free printable packets. This is especially important if you plan to create magnets.
** CAUTION**: There are small pieces included in the printable pdf packet that may not be appropriate for children under 3 years old. I am sharing the calendar as we use it in our home. Always use your own discretion on what is safe and appropriate for your child. This calendar is intended to be used as a learning tool with adult supervision. Always follow the directions on the products you are purchasing for this calendar.
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