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Calendar for Kids: Seasonal Cycle

Updated on January 15, 2012

Teach the Cycle of the Seasons with this Easy-to-Make, Easy-to-Understand Kids' Calendar!

As soon as a birthday passes, the questions start: When is my birthday? How long is that? When is Christmas? How long is that? A countdown calendar is good to show how many days are left, but it doesn't help kids with the concept of one season following another, and a year repeating itself over and over in a seasonal cycle. This simple, easy-to-make calendar for kids teaches the seasonal concept painlessly and thoroughly. Use it in conjunction with your countdown calendars, and your preschool child will soon have mastered the concept of the four seasons!

"Changing Seasons" poster available at AllPosters.com

Calendar for Kids

Follow these simple steps and you'll have a useful kids' calendar to teach the cycle of the seasons!

Cut the edge off of one plate.

Cut the edge off of one plate.
Cut the edge off of one plate.

Two paper plates: all you need.

Two paper plates: all you need.
Two paper plates: all you need.

Kids Calendar Tip!

The two plates can be the same size and shape, or different. At least one should be plain on the edge; the plain one should be the UNCUT plate. It works well to have a heavy duty plate for the bottom (uncut) and a lightweight plate for the center (cut).

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Quarter the cut plate with thick lines.

Quarter the cut plate with thick lines.
Quarter the cut plate with thick lines.

Teaching the Four Seasons - First Discovery Look-It-Up Board Book Series

The Four Seasons (Look-It-Up)
The Four Seasons (Look-It-Up)

With die-cut pictorial tabs along the right-hand margin, children can point to the picture of an animal or object of interest to them, then turn to that spread and find out interesting facts through easy-to-understand captions and stunning, photo-realistic paintings.

 

Write 3 months in each section, in spokes from the center.

Write 3 months in each section, in spokes from the center.
Write 3 months in each section, in spokes from the center.

Near the edge, write holidays, birthdays, and other important dates next to their correct month.

Near the edge, write holidays, birthdays, and other important dates next to their correct month.
Near the edge, write holidays, birthdays, and other important dates next to their correct month.

Kids Calendar Tip!

If you write more than one event in a month, be sure to write them in the correct direction. The plate can spin either way, and you can write the months in either direction, so don't write the months going one direction and the individual dates going the other!

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Find the center of the uncut plate and poke a hole with a brad or pencil.

Find the center of the uncut plate and poke a hole with a brad or pencil.
Find the center of the uncut plate and poke a hole with a brad or pencil.

Connect the cut plate and the uncut plate with a brad.

Connect the cut plate and the uncut plate with a brad.
Connect the cut plate and the uncut plate with a brad.

Learning About Seasons with Children's Literature - by Marjorie A. Bryant, Marjorie Keiper, & Anne Petit

Taking a thematic approach to learning that employs seeing, hearing, reading, and writing, these books outline three four-week, cross-curricular units that develop the competencies children need to become fluent, independent readers and writers. While each unit focuses primarily on language-phonic skills, structural analysis, punctuation, capitalization, poetry, and comprehension-they also include math, science, social studies, music, art. The series includes three titles that cover fall, spring, and winter, which can be used independently or together throughout the school year. ~ from product description

Make sure the hole is big enough that the cut plate will spin freely.

Make sure the hole is big enough that the cut plate will spin freely.
Make sure the hole is big enough that the cut plate will spin freely.

On the edge of the uncut plate, mark a large arrow TODAY. Mark 3, 6, and 9 months around the edge.

On the edge of the uncut plate, mark a large arrow TODAY. Mark 3, 6, and 9 months around the edge.
On the edge of the uncut plate, mark a large arrow TODAY. Mark 3, 6, and 9 months around the edge.

Seasonal Calendar for Kids!

Children will love being able to see what comes next on their very own kids' calendar!

You now have a seasonal calendar. Again, this is not a countdown calendar, but one to help young children with the concept of the cycle of the seasons and the length of a year.

You could modify this idea to make a one-month calendar or even a one-week calendar, to show events that repeat from month to month or from week to week, again to assist the young child visually with the concept of the cycle of the week, month, and year.

You could also make a larger version from poster board, and have room to add every day of the year around the edge of the inner circle. Of course there's not room to write every day on a paper plate, but that is not necessary for grasping the concept of the cycle of the seasons.

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      funbee lm 

      6 years ago

      very nice craft

    • sorana lm profile image

      sorana lm 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful lens and great idea.

    • katiecolette profile image

      katiecolette 

      7 years ago

      What a fun and educational project! We'll have to try it out.

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      AngelDey 

      7 years ago

      This is a wonderful idea. I like that it is shaped like a clock too representing the passage of time. Very nice.

    • evelynsaenz1 profile image

      Evelyn Saenz 

      7 years ago from Royalton

      This kid's calendar is a wonderful activity for helping children to understand passage of time. Thank you so much for sharing.

      Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      lasertek lm 

      7 years ago

      love the idea! Awesome lens!

      If you have time maybe you can visit our lens: Homeschooling 101: Guide to Free Curriculum and Other Resources.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      I love simple and easy to make teaching aids. This is fabulous!

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      celeBritys4africA 

      7 years ago

      I like the idea! Perfect!

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      tiff0315 

      7 years ago

      I love it! I'm making this tomorrow with my kids. First, I need to go buy some paper plates! Thanks for the great idea.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      This is such a wonderful idea and very doable. Thank you for the step by step how to. I look forward to making this with my kids. It really puts the year in perspective and is a nice visual. Thanks again!

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      Anthony Godinho 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is a creative idea to use to teach kids about different seasons as well as help them countdown special events. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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      Tarra99 

      7 years ago

      cool idea...will share it with my kids...thanks for sharing and thank you for visiting my XBox Kinect review lens...I appreciate your comments.

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      Jackie Block 

      7 years ago from SE Michigan

      That is such a neat idea. Thank you.

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      Seeking Pearls 

      8 years ago from Pueblo West

      This is a wonderful tutorial. Lovely Presentation!

    • tandemonimom lm profile imageAUTHOR

      tandemonimom lm 

      8 years ago

      @CherylsArt: Well, calendars are to count forward, so yes, you need to spin it in only one direction. The 3 months is for three months from TODAY, so you spin in that direction (TOMORROW), moving forward through the months.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      I really like the concept; it's a great idea. Just found it a bit confusing with the 3 and 9 since you can spin it in either direction??? Seems like the numbers would only apply when you spin it in one direction only.

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      eclecticeducati1 

      8 years ago

      I love this! I will have to try it out with my little guy!!! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh Me! I really like this and you have done a wonderful job with your instructions for a Seasonal Cycle Calendar for Kids. I remember making clocks like this when I was a kid.

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      Susan Deppner 

      8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I like this! I am totally fascinated with seasons, so this would actually be a fun project for me. I need to borrow some kids, I think.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      8 years ago from Canada

      A great how-to lens!

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      JoyfulPamela2 

      9 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I love the 4 seasons board book ideas - how cool!

      Pamela

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      tandemonimom lm 

      9 years ago

      [in reply to DiscoveringSpanishwithChildren] Hmm, it is there when I look at it. My guess would be a slow connection that's not loading all the pictures, so reloading it another time might work - but I'm not that expert.

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      DiscoveringSpanishwithChildren 

      9 years ago

      Such a neat idea! This is a very creative way to do calendar work with children...Thanks! One observation, the picture of the end result is not showing--only the caption appears. I would love to see the final production...could you help me fix this?

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      9 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Good to also point out that not everybody experiences the seasons!

      Those of us who do are pretty lucky!!

      High fived and faved!!

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      Lee Hansen 

      9 years ago from Vermont

      This is a terrific idea. When my younger daughter was 4, she marked time by the holidays - the most recent, the current and the next holiday were important to her and of course part of the preschool crafts curriculum. She designed and made herself a rotating tabletop decoration similar to this project. She called it her "holiday changer" and would faithfully check it every day and move it to mark the time between dates. We still laugh about it, but it was a crafty and ingenious little tool like this to help a young child understand dates and seasonal relationships.

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      kellywissink lm 

      9 years ago

      Welcome to the Home Schooling Support Group - Kelly

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      9 years ago from Royalton

      Easy to do, hands-on and fun! What better project could you do with a child?

      Thank you for joining Unit Studies: Fun, Creative Hands-On Leaning Group.

      Also lensrolled to The Mouse Ran Up the Clock.

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      Mickie Goad 

      9 years ago

      Love it that you use your own photos!

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      Mortira 

      9 years ago

      Great idea! Welcome to Family Time and the Family Circus!

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      Natalie W Schorr 

      9 years ago

      Charming! A great project for those with young children. 5*

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      Lou165 

      9 years ago from Australia

      This is awesome, I wish I could turn my daughter back a few years in age to make this with her!!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      What a great idea for a kid's calendar! Looks pretty easy too.

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