Calendar skills are a common preschool activity. However, they are not the most developmentally appropriate lessons as our Lil’s do not understand the concept of time yet.  With that said, I have done my research and found some practices for making calendar skills developmentally appropriate for our Lil’s.

We will be working on calendar skills in two different ways. The first way is a more traditional preschool method. This method focuses on the parts of a calendar (months, days of the week, and the dates). The second method that is a little more meaningful by using a personal calendar as a date book just like adults do.

Continue reading to find out how we are incorporating calendar skills in a meaningful way here at the Sandbox Academy.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills


  • Begin to understand the schedule of days in a week

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills


  • Begin to understand the schedule of weeks and months

Required Materials

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Creating a Calendar Template (Optional)

*Calendar Pocket Chart


*2018 Calendar

*Velcro Dots



Traditional Preschool Method

For our traditional preschool method, we will build a calendar by putting on the month, days of the week, and the dates.

For this method, you will use the pocket chart calendar or the Creating a Calendar template we created. If you use our template you will want to laminate it and apply velcro to all the pieces.

You will be working on this activity every day this month.

  • On the first of the month, add the month card and days of the week.
  • Each day, identify the month and the days of the week.
  • Each day, add the corresponding number date
Personal Calendar
The second method will have our Lil’s engaging with real calendars.
For the month of January, write down all of the events you have planned on the 2018 calendar.
For instance, record birthday parties, music classes, story time, and all of the other activities your Lil’ will be doing this month. You can do this all at the beginning of the month or week by week depending on how far in advance you like to plan. You can add pictures/drawings to these events so that your Lil’ can identify the different events.
Each day, go to the calendar with your Lil’ to see what you have planned for the day. They can also cross off the previous day so that they can keep track of where we are in the month.

Teacher Tip

You may to get a few extra cheap 2018 calendars from the dollar store so that your Lil’ can have the freedom to “write” their own events on their calendar.


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