We developed several flexible, perpetual calendars a few years ago for my daughters' rooms. Low tech calendars with potential! To get started, pop over to Part 1 for the list of ingredients and pull those together and prepare everything before taking the next steps. This orange calendar is our second infinity calendar.
- With pencil & ruler, measure a space in the center of the board roughly 14" tall x 21" wide. Draw horizontal lines spaced every 2.5" and draw vertical lines spaced every 3". You will have a grid of boxes with 5 rows (horizontal) and 7 columns (vertical).
- If this looks good and even, use a thick marker or sharpie to draw over the grid lines.
- Using double-sided tape, modge podge or glue, attach 35 framed date backgrounds in each of the gridded blocks. When selecting images, let kids choose within one box/pile of paper or cut images from a magazine. Or... skip the paper background and ask kids to color or draw patterns in the gridded boxes with colored pencils or markers (not crayons).
- Attach the 7 framed day name backgrounds above the columns.
- Attach 1 framed month name background at the top center of the calendar.
- Write the numbers 1 through 31 on the date cards.
- Write the days of the week on the day name cards.
- Write the months on the month cards.
- Write and decorate the holiday/birthday type cards.
- On the foam board calendar, attach one hook (more pointy) side of a velcro piece to the center of each framed date background, to the center of each day name background, and a few extras vertically along the left and/or right sides of the calendar. The extras are to store unused holiday/birthdays, the next month, days 29/30/31 when unneeded.
- Attach one loop (soft, fuzzier) side of a velcro piece to the back center of each date number (31), to the back center of each holiday/birthday type card, to the back center of each day name card (7), to the back center of each month name card (12).
- Have kids research the current month and set up the calendar with the current month, current dates, etc.
- Kids will need a tiny reference calendar for the next few years, so they know how to set up each month's dates. Hint: print from the web and tape to the back of their calendars.
- Keep the extra month names in a little box. Hint: velcro to the back of the calendar for easy access!