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Visual Felt Calendar

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This is a very simple project you can make with your kids. My four-year-old son was always asking about what are we doing today, what are we doing tomorrow, what day is tomorrow called, etc. I decided to make a visual calendar with him to teach him about days, weeks, and months and help him determine on his own what he could expect for the week.
 
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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

You will need:

Large sheet of felt (4x4 is the size I used)
Several small sheets of felt of various colors
Stick-on foam letters
Puff paint
Craft glue
Scissors
Permanent marker
Yard stick
Dowel rod
String
Hand drill
Screw or nail

Step 2: Create Your Calendar Grid

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First, draw a horizontal line with your permanent marker about 6 inches from the top.

Second, calculate how much space you will need to spell out "Wednesday" using your foam letters.

Measure 8 equal columns of your calculated width and mark them with permanent marker.

Next, divide your first seven columns into 3 sections. These will represent morning, afternoon, and evening. Make sure you have enough space in the sections to fit in all your activities. If your children get up very early, you might want to add a fourth section so the first one can be "before breakfast".

Step 3: Add Your Lettering

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Across the top, using your foam letters, spell out the days of the week above each column. Above the eighth column spell out "month".

In the month column, using puff paint or foam letters, write out the months of the year.

Note: Below the months you could also add a section for seasons. I thought about it after I finished the calendar and haven't bothered to add it. Right now, the space below the months are being used as a "holding space" for inactive events.