Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Daily Picture Calendar for Toddlers

Big brother A is very into his routines like all toddlers. He constantly asks what day it is, what we are doing each day, and what is happening next. I had an idea to make a magnetic picture calendar that we could use to plan and discuss our daily activities.

I spent some time on Pinterest, but I didn't find anything that really inspired me. I decided to make it up as I went along. I knew I wanted to do something with pictures that could be re-arranged on a magnetic surface. I have a large open wall in my kitchen, so I tried to find a good sized magnetic white board. The one I ordered (this one by Board Dudes) turned out to be not quite as big as I wanted, but it is working for now.

Next I set to work on my picture cards. I looked for some templates, but ultimately ended up making my own with clip art images. I have about 20 images, but I already realized that I am missing a few key things, so will be adding soon. I cut out my picture cards, glued them onto card stock.

Next I laminated them. I have been itching to buy a home laminator so this was the perfect excuse. I chose this one from Scotch based on a lot of great reviews on Amazon. It took 3 seconds to set up, and it works really well. I can't wait for all the fun things I'll be able to do with it.

After I cut out my laminated cards, I attached some magnetic tape to the back (I forgot how awesome magnetic tape is!). I think I will store the cards in an envelope next to the white board for easy access. I am using an old Crystal Light container to store my white board markers.

Here is the finished product:

I forgot to make a picture for the library (one of out favorite places!) So I am currently using the picture I made for Pre-school (he'll be going a few mornings this coming year)

I will post an update in a few weeks about how the calendar is working for us.

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  1. What a great idea! Something like that would be great for not only my kids but my father would benefit from a version of that. Love it! thanks!

  2. That is a great idea! I'm always looking for new ways to be organized and include my kids :)

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  4. This is a really great idea. This would be great for when my toddler gets a little bit older. Thanks for sharing. Found you on bloggy moms.