DIY preschool calendar

Grace started preschool three weeks ago! It wasn’t much of a change for her since she’s been going to “school” there since she was 3 months old. (Technically she moved up to preschool just before the summer so she’s been with the same teacher and kids for a few months now, but the curriculum has officially started now that it’s September. ) The only change for her is that she won’t be going 5-full days now that I’ve joined the Stay-At-Home-Mom-World, she will be going 3-half days.

On the days that Grace is home with me I still want to keep momentum with school and her overall development so I decided to make a “preschool calendar.” At first I searched for one that I could buy, but they cost upwards of $40 and the one’s for like $20 were either too small or felt too busy/overwhelming. Plus I thought I could make something WAY cuter ūüėȬ†So I scoured Pinterest for ideas, my main inspiration came from ¬†this version from Shoeper-Mom and this one from A Day in the Life of a Classroom Teacher.¬†With ideas in mind I got right to work.

Once I figured out exactly what I was doing (ha ha,) it was fairly easy and inexpensive to put together. ¬†Here’s what I ended up with:

DIY Preschool Calendar | twoplusmeandyou.com
DIY Preschool Calendar | twoplusmeandyou.com

Here’s what you need and how I did it:

  • Diorama board (Hobby Lobby, $2.99 after 20% coupon)
  • Clothespins (I had some on hand from a previous craft but you could probably pick up a pack from the dollar store)
  • Self-adhesive velcro squares (needed 3 packages, $9.57)
  • Months of the Year/Days of the Week printables (link to free printables¬†here from A Day in the Life of a Classroom Teacher)
  • Weather Chart printable (link to free printable here from Rowdy in Room 300)
  • Emotions chart (link to free printable here from Teachers Pay Teachers)
  • Calendar and numbers (Lakeshore Learning, everything in the store was 20% off during August so I snagged both for $4.38)
  • Laminator ($4 for 8-ft of lamination at Lakeshore Learning, lamination was also 20% during August)
  • Total cost: $20.94 (plus tax)

1- I printed all the free printables on my home computer/printer using cardstock that I already had.

2- Then I took the prints and calendar/numbers to Lakeshore Learning and used their large laminator – having never used a laminator before I did a little YouTube research before going but luckily it was the week before school started so there were a few teachers there also using the laminator and they were very helpful to this first-timer!¬†8-feet of lamination – now that’s some serious laminating!!

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3- I cut all the laminated pieces over a few nights, after the kiddos were in bed and while binge watching Season 1 of This Is Us

4- I arranged all the pieces on the board until I got everything just where I wanted it, then I used the stick-velcro to start securing everything to the diorama board. I noticed after a few days/weeks that the calendar and emotions board didn’t stay adhered to the board with the velcro so I eventually replaced the velcro just on those pieces and used permanent double sided tape and so far it’s held up nicely!

5 – I used some colored cardstock that I had to make pockets for storing the extra numbers and weather cards. You could use glue or double-sided sticky tape for this, I used double sided permanent tape.

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6- Take the clothespins and glue the “today is, yesterday was, tomorrow will be” signs to the top of the pin — this will allow us to move the signs up and down the board as the days of the week change.

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7- Do the same to one more clothespin for the weather chart to move up and down from hot to cold. I still have to add an arrow to this clothespin, I plan to use either colored cardstock or find a cute arrow printable on Pinterest that I can easily print and glue to the clothespin.

8 – My husband went out go town on business so I wanted to mark the day that “Daddy’s comes home” on the calendar. I used some leftover cardstock to make a star using a cookie cutter, added some velcro and stuck it to the calendar. We used this as a countdown all week long to see how many more days until Daddy arrived. Had I thought about this sooner I would have laminated the star. Luckily the calendar dates came with blank squares that I can laminate and write-on with dry erase markers, that way I can use those as markers for special events (grandparents birthday, field trip days, etc.)

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Viola! Our preschool calendar board is complete and Grace has been super excited to use it on the days she’s home with me!! Overall I think it turned out pretty neat!

DIY Preschool Calendar | twoplusmeandyou.com
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