Divorce can affect a little kid in rough ways. So can just day-to-day life and normal development. When my ex and I separated and he moved, we kept a pretty good schedule for our son, for time to see his dad, and for the regular home/school/life/friends world. And then Life Happens. Hard enough for adults to grasp, super hard for my little dude to get. He was constantly asking when he would see his dad, how many days until that, when do I go to school, what day is the weekend, when do we have a playdate, when is Friday, what day is the party, etc. So, I created a weekly calendar for him, it’s interactive and tangible.
This is not an original idea and I was inspired by other crafty moms’ creations. I did know that my son worked well knowing and seeing what was coming up within a week, more than that was too much. He’s older now and can better grasp the weeks and months, but for day-to-day this has worked wonders for the last 2 years! He moves the Today! star each day, adds new magnets for events, and can see what his week has in store for him.
I bought a galvanized piece of metal from Home Depot, 12″ x 24″ precut. I went crazy at Michael’s craft store getting stickers, magnets, labels and the frames that hold the printed days. We collected bottle caps from pop and beer. Budget yourself. I probably spent $25 getting started and considered just using a cheap dry erase board. But my creative side won out! This has been great because once you get the basic outline you just move your magnets around, create new ones, and make it fun!
I glued burlap around the edges as a frame and to cover the sharp edges, be careful! I bought the 4-pack of different glues from Michael’s, all equally stinky and sticky which work on various things like metal, wood etc. I hung the calendar by punching 2 holes in the metal and nailing it to the wall in the kitchen. I can nail anything anywhere I want to now that I’m a single mom! You should see all the stuff I’ve hung up!
We glued small magnets to the backs of bottle caps and created lots of fun symbols for our holidays and events. The “Today” star is a wooden cutout that my son painted. The possibilities are endless! JOY!!