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I always loved school. My friends were there and I actually liked to learn things. Perhaps this isn’t the usual way of thinking for a kid but luckily my nephews seem to be pretty excited about the upcoming new school year, too. They aren’t quite into the new clothes or bags like I was (I had a killer Kipling backpack my sophomore year!). They’re more into the friends and learning thing and that is cool.
The oldest is super organized. He LOVES having his act together and many years ago he noticed my calendar I had made out of an old picture frame. He loved that I could use a dry erase marker for a new month constantly without messing up pieces of paper. Like me, and about half of our family, he has to start over with a new page if he makes a mistake.
For example, I was making a list and then Rob drew a sketch at the top and then apologized because he suddenly realized that I’d have to write the whole thing again. It’s an OCD thing.
I’ve wanted to make him something similar but I ran into the issue of not wanting him to have something glass to potentially break and get hurt with. Hanging on the wall is one thing but if it needs to come down for him to change things up that leaves a lot of room for an accident. So this year, to celebrate the fifth grade which is far busier and more hectic he now has his own school calendar board.
Preparing for a trip up to see the boys Momma and I loaded up to Walmart and grabbed all sorts of goodies to carry with us. While I was there I went ahead and snagged a Scotch® Tape Dispenser with 1 Roll of Tape 3/4 in x 350 Mixed case colors even though I stood there for ever and ever trying to decide that I stacked them and stared. And people looked at me. In the end I chose white because it is simple!
He and his brother tried it out and so far, it’s going pretty well!
For this project you will need:
- Scotch® Tape Dispenser with 1 Roll of Tape 3/4 in x 350 Mixed case colors
- Foam core board
- Scotch™ Thermal Pouches Letter size
- Calendar Printable
- Months Printable
- To Do Printable
- Glue stick
- Dry erase markers
Print your freebies and laminate them.
You will have 6 pages to cut and piece together to form the calendar. Cut along the lines as cleanly and closely as possible.
Apply glue to the backsides of the calendar and piece together onto your foam core board.
Apply a piece of Velcro to the top of the foam core board above your calendar. Print your months, laminate and cut out and apply the opposing side of the Velcro in the middle of each month.
Print your to do list and use your 3M Scotch tape to add on a pocket to the upper right side. Laminate the entire sheet and then trim out around the box.
Use a craft knife or other sharp item to cut the pocket open through the lamination.
Tape on your to do list and make a pocket out of sturdy paper, or use an envelope cut open to hold the months in and tape that on around the sides and bottom. Be sure to allow the pocket to pooch out a bit so that it doesn’t get too tight to be useful.
Add tape around your calendar sides to keep little kid fingernails (that are as sharp as razors for some dang reason!) from peeling that glued down calendar away.
The laminated pages act as a whiteboard. The areas where you cut and pieced together will get that dried up maker “stuff” built up if there are huge gaps but if you trim well that will be a minimum.
Look at that happy and super organized face! He’s already drawn a nifty little icon to mark the first day of school and his brother decided a calendar was the perfect tool for planning his own holidays. Pickle day is coming up very soon, if you’ll look at the pics. On this day you should eat a meal where everything has pickle in it. We’ve already scheduled a special trip to the grocery store just to make sure we do the first Pickle Day up right!
Mmm. Pickle Day. Make your own littles dry erase monthly calendar and help them learn to stay organized. It’s super easy with 3M and Scotch! Visit the 3M social hub for more ideas and head to Walmart to grab your supplies to get back to school organized. (that rhymed :)