We do a LOT of kids activities at home and I mean A LOT!
I like using kids calendars because they are easy to make, help tie in learning with fun activities and make it way easier to stay organized.
Activity calendars are great for:
- Babysitters/ Nanny
- After school activities
- School Breaks (our printables include 2 months of summer & winter activities)
How to Make a Kids Activity Calendar
- A theme
- Activities or Skills to work on
- A Calendar template (free calendars are available from google Docs or Microsoft word)
- Clip Art (Optional: add some fun clip art to your calendar.)
First, you’ll need to choose what you want your activities to be about. Lead with your child’s natural interests. Do they enjoy seasonal activities? Would they like to learn about spring or Easter (or both)? Decide what theme you’ll do for the month (or week).
Popular Kids Activity Theme Ideas
- STEM/ STEAM
- Motor Skills (Fine Motor & Gross Motor)
I personally think 3 weeks to a month is a much better time frame for kids to focus on a theme. Younger children thrive when there is a lot of repetition. This creates a safe space to practice and provides opportunities for mastery.
Choose Activities or Skills
Next, you’ll want to choose the types of activities. Decide what types of activities you’d like to focus on. Does your child prefer Arts & Crafts ,STEM or Science activities? Start planning your child’s favorite activities then add in something new you’d like to try together. Like a Mommy & Me Monday’s where you all go somewhere & do something fun each week (park, picnic, hike, swim, etc.) or a weekly library trip.
How to Choose a Calendar Template
It’s a huge time saver to use calendar templates! I recommend starting with a free template first. I am always trying new things and my favorite free calendar templates at the moment are Calendar Labs, Google (log into your gmail account and click on Calendars)!
Choose which template best suits your needs and start adding the activities you selected into the calendar. I hand write them out first & type them up because I am old school & enjoy this process. If you’d rather type it out then you do you!
Organizing Kids Activities
As you begin to organize your activities you may want to choose a certain day of the week for a type of activity. At first I structured our calendars this way because it was easier for me to keep track of but found out that my son appreciates the routine. Use whatever structure works best for your family.
Add Clip Art to your Activity Calendar
This is mostly for looks but it’s kinda fun to have clip art or photos on your activity calendars. Kids enjoy looking at them, especially if you’re the kind of family that hangs stuff on the fridge.
What activities do you plan to try?
Post a comment and let me know what activity calendars you and your family come up with, I’d love to hear about it!