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What is today? For a child, that simple question can have so many answers–and this daily calendar helps satisfy them all! Kids will feel a greater sense of control and responsibility when they help post the day of the week, date, weather, and special events on the large magnetic board for all to see. There's even a space to post their mood–an excellent way to open communication and encourage children to gauge their own emotions. Updating the information is simple: Simply take a preprinted magnet from the lower magnetic board (which hangs below the calendar to keep magnets within easy reach). Then place it on the calendar to fill in the information . . . or make a custom magnet by writing on one of two dry-erase magnet tiles! There are fields for day, date, season, weather, temperature, activities, holiday, and mood.
More activities, less holiday magnets
Its a pretty good beginning calendar for my almost 4 year old, he enjoys placing the magnets in the right sections in the morning, my only complaint is that the daily activities are lacking a few essential things, such as “school” “swimming lessons” or even “free play”. Also, the bottom half which is for storage is too tightly packed together, I think they could get rid of a bunch of the holidays and narrow it down to the more important ones and include more activities, besides this, good calendar.
Helpful daily calendar
I bought this calendar for my three year old twins who had been asking me “what day is it?” everyday. This has been a great tool for us to talk about our day every morning after we get dressed. The boys are learning the days of the week, the names of the months, as well as talking about seasons and weather. I’m really pleased with the learning opportunities as well as the quality of the product. My only complaint is that there are many obscure holidays (like flag day) and instead of some of these holidays I’d rather see more activities like church, library, pool. Talking about our daily activities is probably the boys favorite part of the calendar, so much so that I’ll probably convert some of the little used holiday magnets into magnets for activities we do often. The kids love knowing what is going on for the day so this calendar serves that purpose for us as well.
Like other reviewers
Like other reviewers, I wish they had more blank tiles to make custom activity tiles. They have all of the holidays, even some more obscure ones, but are missing activity tiles like “School day”, “Daycare”, etc that seem really obvious for the average 3-6 year old to have. It is a great tool for us though, and is really helping my 4 year olds grasp their calendar/daily observation skills.
I would definitely recommend this product to parents of little ones when it’s time to start teaching them the Months of the Year, Days of the Week, Years, Seasons, Activities for the Month, Holidays, How to Express their Feelings, and How to tell the Weather. It’s quite amazing. We’ve had it for a while and my daughter (just turned 4) is definitely catching on. It most importantly helps with continuing the same way she is learning all of these things in the classroom if you have your child in Preschool. As a Substitute teacher, I know for a fact they use something similar to this to teach the kids these things well into Kindergarten and in some states, the first grade. For sure, I will be using this on my other little ones when they become her age. For $20, it’s good quality for the price. A bit on the heavy side so if you’re a thumbtack kind of parent (lol) I would suggest using two or three to distribute the weight. I like how you can fold it in half as well.. We move quite a bit, being in the military, and this is one thing I would carry with me as to not get off track even if we’re on the road. All the magnets in our kit work great.
Good starter calendar
I like this okay, I bought it as a first calendar when my 3 year old started being curious about what day it was. I really wish there were more activity and feeling options. The “activities” don’t line up with anything that we really do, so I ended up making my own with blank magnets for “go for a hike, school today, library, swim class,” etc. We also got yellow circle magnets to make more feelings like sleepy and excited.
Son LOVES–Now he tells us what to plan for!
As I have mentioned in previous reviews, our son is obsessed with the date and time and asks us what both are frequently. We decided to get him this daily calendar so he could determine the date, weather, etc for himself. He loves it! We hung it on his door and every morning his first task is to change his calendar. I have ordered other wooden calendars from Melissa & Doug before but this seems to be his favorite. He gets all of his information in one place and it lasts the whole day so no need to probe mom or dad about what today is, what the weather is like, or what special activities we have planned this weekend. Now we actually ask our son what the day is when we tend to “forget”.
I think it is a great visual tool to help children learn days
I bought this a couple of months ago and we have used it every day. I think it is a great visual tool to help children learn days, moths, and seasons. We now have a routine (kind of a sing-song thingy) we do every day, going over yesterday, today, tomorrow, last month, this month, next month, last season, this season, next season, last year, this year, and next year. The kids love choosing which weather magnet to use, sometimes choosing 2 or more for our rather confusing weather, lol. They also like that there is a blank face magnet so they can create a silly face to match their collective mood. I highly recommend this product as a great resource for getting children in rhythm with time, which can be a bit confusing for those who are still in concrete thinking and haven’t reached the abstract stage of thinking. (Squishing all the magnets that aren’t being used on a given day on the bottom portion can be a tad challenging….)
My kid loves it so it gets my approval
My almost 3 year old loves this. Every morning he reminds we that we have to do his chart. He had a basic understanding of the days of the week and seasons, but now he can recognize them in writing because of this chart. He also likes choosing what mood he’s in – thankfully the happy face is the most common. 🙂 He is also excited to go check the weather conditions every day and update his chart. I wish there were more magnets for other common activities but there are a few blanks you can customize. I would also like to see some velcro or some way to fold up the two pieces of the chart when you aren’t choosing magnets, because my kid likes to mess with the ones we aren’t using that day and I find them in random places in my house. If they were out of sight they would be out of his mind…But overall a great purchase that my son loves.
Great for the littles ones who love keeping a schedule/calendar
Great for the littles ones who love keeping a schedule/calendar. I had read other reviews about dented pieces/poor packaging. However, mine came in pristine condition and packaging was done well. It was given as a gift, and I have heard great reviews from the family. They especially appreciated that the pieces were magnetic. Which means the multiple pieces have less of chance of getting lost.
We love it!
Ordered this to keep my 2.5 year old daughters interest and set a morning routine for us after taking her out of full time daycare. She loves doing the days of the week and weather, and talking about our plans for the day. We don’t use the bottom to store the extra pieces, she either free plays with it or write with dry erase markers. I made little baggies for the pieces and separate by category. They’re actually the packages from her underwear lol!
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